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SOAS University of London

Location

Russell Square Campus, London United Kingdom

Ranking

# =508QS World University Rankings

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26Undergraduate programs

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132Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

20,350 GBPTuition Fee/year

About SOAS University of London

At SOAS, we view the world through a different lens. Our expertise in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East shapes our understanding – to tackle the global challenges of our time. Come to SOAS and join a welcoming, diverse, and close-knit community in central London. Here, we challenge perspectives, broach debate and empower our students to find solutions to the issues facing the world today.

We welcome the brightest minds to study on our leafy, central London campus. Our programmes of study are all built around a strong social justice mandate, ensuring our graduates go out into the world and make a real difference, 

SOAS programmes are taught by respected specialists engaged in fieldwork and research, which influences both government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe. SOAS scholars debate pressing contemporary issues such as human rights, development, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, and engage in a wide range of global research projects, which are shaping the culture, economics and politics of societies all around the world.

SOAS offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as distance learning, foundation degrees and summer school.


An international campus in the heart of London

SOAS is a small and welcoming campus in the diverse and vibrant city of London, named the best student city in the world (QS World Rankings 2023). You’ll be able to meet people from all around the world and live in a cultural hub full of new discoveries.  With 130 nationalities represented on campus, SOAS is one of the most international universities in the world. 

Profiling the SOAS student
A SOAS student is passionate about their field, happy to learn a second language and most of all seeks to engage with multiple perspectives to shatter preconceptions and prejudice. SOAS has a reputation for really breaking the mould when it comes to encouraging independent thought, debate and individuality among students.

Webinars to help you get started
SOAS runs webinars on topics like admissions, visas, tuition fees, funding, housing, career tips and specific courses. Find out about any undergraduate and postgraduate webinars relevant to you.
 
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About SOAS University of London

At SOAS, we view the world through a different lens. Our expertise in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East shapes our understanding – to tackle the global challenges of our time. Come to SOAS and join a welcoming, diverse, and close-knit community in central London. Here, we challenge perspectives, broach debate and empower our students to find solutions to the issues facing the world today.

We welcome the brightest minds to study on our leafy, central London campus. Our programmes of study are all built around a strong social justice mandate, ensuring our graduates go out into the world and make a real difference, 

SOAS programmes are taught by respected specialists engaged in fieldwork and research, which influences both government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe. SOAS scholars debate pressing contemporary issues such as human rights, development, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, and engage in a wide range of global research projects, which are shaping the culture, economics and politics of societies all around the world.

SOAS offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as distance learning, foundation degrees and summer school.


An international campus in the heart of London

SOAS is a small and welcoming campus in the diverse and vibrant city of London, named the best student city in the world (QS World Rankings 2023). You’ll be able to meet people from all around the world and live in a cultural hub full of new discoveries.  With 130 nationalities represented on campus, SOAS is one of the most international universities in the world. 

Profiling the SOAS student
A SOAS student is passionate about their field, happy to learn a second language and most of all seeks to engage with multiple perspectives to shatter preconceptions and prejudice. SOAS has a reputation for really breaking the mould when it comes to encouraging independent thought, debate and individuality among students.

Webinars to help you get started
SOAS runs webinars on topics like admissions, visas, tuition fees, funding, housing, career tips and specific courses. Find out about any undergraduate and postgraduate webinars relevant to you.
 
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Available programs

SOAS gives students the unique chance to study in a lively cosmopolitan environment with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about their subject and global affairs.

SOAS runs a number of undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, including the following subjects:

  • Anthropology and sociology
  • Law
  • Religions and philosophies


Find all undergraduate programmes listed here.


Many programs at SOAS feature the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.

A diverse campus
Undergraduates benefit from a vast community of students, all centered around a central London campus and a shared interest in global issues. SOAS is a place for people who wish to gain a more profound understanding of the world and examine their own assumptions and beliefs.

Accommodation

SOAS students can choose from a wide variety of 1200+ centrally located halls and private accommodation.

Our accommodation offers SOAS only and Intercollegiate properties. 

Our accommodation includes twin, single and double rooms, catered and self catered, ensuite and with shared facilities.

We can offer female only accommodation, studios, shared flats and houses and private sector accommodation as well as our halls.

Our accommodation office offers a full information, advice and support service.

Catered weekly - £156.73 to £305.83

Self Catered - £152.00 -  £290.43

Read more about student accommodation at SOAS.   

 Application

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university), you must do so through the UK’s centralised applications portal, UCAS.
 
Find more specific country information on visas, bursaries, entry requirements and English language proficiency here.

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Looking to the future

SOAS is a research-intensive institution, particularly in the areas of diplomacy, resources, governance and heritage. Consequently, SOAS students often end up working in careers that make a real difference to the world, shaping policy and public discourse on economic, political, cultural, security and religious matters.
 
Postgraduate programmes at SOAS are recognisable for their specialist focus, flexible learning, and international perspective. Some of these courses include:

  • Anthropology and sociology
  • Media studies
  • History of art and archaeology
  • Gender studies
  • Economics
  • Cultural, literary and postcolonial studies


Browse all postgraduate courses here.

Scholarships and funding

Scholarships at SOAS are awarded through a competitive application process, with the majority of deadlines in the January or February preceding the year of entry. Check here for any deadlines to watch out for.

Online and distance learning

As well as taught degrees on campus, SOAS runs a number of online and distance learning courses for more than 3,000 students based in 150 countries who wish to fit their studies around their professional and personal commitments.
 
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MA Gender Studies

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Admissions Policy

The nature of the School places diversity at the centre of life at SOAS.  As such we are committed to providing high-quality education to all, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, or national origin, gender, religion or belief, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or any other factor not relevant to academic achievement.  Further information about admissions is available on SOAS website, or by email:  [email protected]

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General

28+
1300+
37+
65+
2.7+
90+
6.5+

Bachelor

6.5+
3+
1280+
100+
65+

Master

90+
2.7+
6+

For a relatively small higher education institution, SOAS is fortunate to have outstanding facilities, both scholarly and practical. 

  • The Brunei Gallery, opened in 1995, provides a 40-room conference venue at a convenient, central London location. These facilities are run by the SOAS Conference Office.
  • The SOAS Library - recognised as a collection of national importance - houses over 1.3 million items in more than 400 languages. It has significant archival holdings and a growing network of electronic resources.
  • SOAS has ranked in the top 5 universities nationally in terms of Library and IT expenditure per student.
  • There are eight Regional Centres that coordinate regional expertise and run programmes of seminars, workshops and conferences to provide up-to-date and in-depth knowledge.


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Student life

SOAS Students’ Union is a bustling and diverse environment, which offers support and representation for all SOAS students. It is our role to make sure that all our students’ – be they international, home, part-time or full-time – voices are heard. We do this in two ways, first via the elected officers on the Union. We have four sabbatical co-presidents who work full time to represent you. They attend School committees and lobby management on issues raised directly by students. There are also ten part time officers who have various portfolios to work on.

Representation also occurs at a course level. SOAS has one of the best Class Representative schemes in the country (the model for a number of other Universities). Each class has a representative who attends departmental meetings and is a vital part of decision-making processes on the lowest level. Not only does this ensure students voices are heard on every level, but that more students can be involved democratically with the direction the Students’ Union chooses. We recognize that we can only be representative by getting people involved.

There are many other ways students can get involved with the Union. We have approximately two hundred clubs and societies, covering sport, dining, political debate, cultural issues and everything in between. We want to get students involved, and if the particular interest you have is not represented then it is easy to set up your own society. It is our job to make your life in London easier, more interesting and packed with things to do. The Union puts on plenty of events, both inside and outside of SOAS.

In addition to all of this the Union runs the bar in SOAS, a popular meeting place for students and a Café - convenience store which is the cheapest place to buy your pens and papers in the area. SOAS Union is your Union, we exist to give you a voice and to entertain you – and hopefully to help you get involved.  See the website for more information: www.soasunion.org

 

We offer the following services to current students and recent graduates:

 · One-to-one careers advice on the application process, including CVs and covering letters as well as advice on how to decide on a career path

· Practice Interviews to help students prepare their upcoming recruitment process, including assessment centres

· A large selection of SOAS-specific events such as Careers Fairs, Alumni Workshops and Skills Sessions throughout the academic year

· Assistance with navigating both online and printed information resources, such as MySOAS Student, Assessment Day and GoinGlobal

· Access to CareersZONE, our online system for searching for jobs, internships, voluntary work and employers

For more information, visit us in SL62, Lower Ground Floor, Senate House North Block, SOAS University of London or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,250 GBP
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International Students

20,350 GBP
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One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

SOAS University of London is one of the top universities in London, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=508 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #294
  • 2014
    #337
  • 2015
    #=331
  • 2016
    #=275
  • 2017
    #=252
  • 2018
    #=296
  • 2019
    #288
  • 2020
    #309
  • 2021
    #346
  • 2022
    #=391
  • 2023
    #=443
  • 2024
    #=511
  • 2025
    #=508

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