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SOAS University of London

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Overview

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 programs at SOAS are recognizable 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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Programs available

Postgraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs

    Arts & Humanities

    • Ancient Near Eastern Languages
    • Anthropology and Sociology
    • Anthropology of Food
    • Anthropology of Food and Intensive Language
    • Arts of Asia and Africa
    • Asian Art (Postgraduate Diploma)
    • Buddhist Studies
    • Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia)
    • Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa
    • Critical Media and Cultural Studies
    • Cultural Studies
    • Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (Research degree)
    • Ethnomusicology
    • Film Studies
    • Global Cinemas
    • Global Creative and Cultural Industries
    • Global Digital Cultures
    • Global Media and Postnational Communication
    • History
    • History (PhD)
    • History and Intensive Language
    • History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia
    • History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East
    • History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Intensive Language
    • History of Art and/or Archaeology
    • History of Art and/or Archaeology (PhD)
    • International Journalisms
    • Islamic Intellectual History
    • Language Documentation and Description
    • MA Translation
    • Media in Development
    • Media Studies (PhD)
    • Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies
    • Music (Research degree)
    • Music in Development
    • Muslim Minorities in a Global Context Online
    • Performance
    • Postcolonial Studies
    • Religion in Global Politics
    • Religions and Philosophies
    • Religions of Asia and Africa
    • Religions of Asia and Africa and Intensive Language
    • Religious Arts of Asia
    • Res Social Anthropology
    • Social Anthropology and Intensive Language
    • Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Language
    • Yoga, Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

    LANGUAGES & CULTURE: Africa / China & Inner Asia / Japan & Korea / Linguistics / Near & Middle East / South Asia / South East Asia

    • African Studies and Intensive Swahili
    • Arabic, MA and Intensive Language
    • Chinese and Inner Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies (Advanced)
    • Chinese Studies (Literature Pathway)
    • Contemporary China Studies
    • Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)
    • History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language
    • Iranian Studies
    • Iranian Studies and intensive Persian
    • Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Language
    • Japanese and Korean Studies (PhD)
    • Japanese Studies (Dual degree)
    • Japanese Studies and Intensive Language
    • Japanese, Intensive Language
    • Korean Studies (Literature Pathway)
    • Korean Studies and Intensive Language
    • Korean, Intensive Language
    • Linguistics
    • Linguistics (PhD)
    • Linguistics and Intensive Language
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies and intensive languages
    • Palestine Studies
    • Palestine Studies and Intensive Language
    • Persian, MA and Intensive Language
    • Postcolonial Studies
    • Sinology
    • South Asian Studies
    • South Asian Studies and Intensive Language
    • South East Asian Intensive Language
    • South East Asian Studies (PhD)
    • South East Asian Studies and Intensive Language and ...
    • South East Asian Studies Intensive Language and ...
    • Swahili, MA and... Intensive
    • Translation
    • Turkish, (MA) and Intensive Language
    • Turkish, MA and Intensive Language

    Life Sciences & Medicine

    • Medical Anthropology
    • Social Anthropology

    Social Sciences & Management

    • African Politics
    • African Studies
    • Asian Politics
    • Chinese Studies
    • Climate Change and Development (Distance Learning)
    • Comparative Political Thought
    • Development Economics
    • Development Economics
    • Development Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)
    • Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)
    • Development Studies with Special Reference to Central Asia
    • Economics
    • Economics (Graduate Diploma)
    • Economics (PhD)
    • Economics with reference to Environment and Development
    • Environment, Politics and Development
    • Environmental Law & Sustainable Development
    • Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
    • Finance
    • Finance (Banking) (Distance Learning)
    • Finance (Economic Policy) (Distance Learning)
    • Finance (Financial Sector Management) (Distance Learning)
    • Finance (Quantitative Finance) (Distance Learning)
    • Finance & Financial Law
    • Finance and Development
    • Finance and Financial Law (Distance Learning)
    • Finance and Management (Res)
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Gender and Sexuality with special reference to the Middle East
    • Gender Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Gender Studies and Law
    • Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East
    • Global Corporations and Policy
    • Global Corporations and Policy
    • Global Corporations and Policy
    • Global Diplomacy (Online)
    • Global Diplomacy MENA Online
    • Global Diplomacy South Asia Online
    • Global Economic Governance and Policy
    • Global Energy and Climate Policy
    • Global Energy and Climate Policy Online
    • Global Studies
    • Globalisation and Development
    • Globalisation and Development
    • Globalisation and Multinational Corporations
    • Human Rights, Conflict and Justice
    • International Finance and Development
    • International and Comparative Legal Studies
    • International Business Administration
    • International Commercial and Economic Law
    • International Development
    • International Law
    • International Law (MA)
    • International Management (China)
    • International Management (Japan)
    • International Management (Middle East and North Africa)
    • International Politics
    • International Studies and Diplomacy
    • Islamic Law
    • Islamic Law (MA)
    • Islamic Societies and Cultures
    • Islamic Studies
    • Israeli Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Labour, Social Movements and Development
    • Law (MPhil/PhD)
    • Law (Res)
    • Law and Gender
    • Law, Development and Globalisation
    • Legal Studies (General Programme) (MA)
    • LLM (Master of Laws)
    • LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
    • LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice
    • LLM in International and Comparative Commercial Law
    • LLM in International Law
    • LLM in Islamic Law
    • LLM in Law and Gender
    • LLM in Law, Development and Globalisation
    • MA in Human Rights Law
    • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language
    • Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language
    • Middle East Politics
    • Migration and Diaspora Studies
    • Migration, Mobility and Development
    • MRes Social Anthropology
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Pacific Asian Studies
    • Political Economy of Development
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Politics of China
    • Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice
    • Public Financial Management
    • Public Financial Management (Distance Learning)
    • Public Policy and Management
    • Public Policy and Management
    • Religions
    • Research for International Development
    • Research for International Development
    • Social Anthropology of Development
    • South Asian Area Studies
    • South East Asian Studies
    • State, Society and Development
    • Sustainable Development
    • Taiwan Studies
    • Turkish Studies
    • Violence, Conflict & Development
    • Violence, Conflict and Development
    • Violence, Conflict and Development (Palestine Pathway)

University Highlights

Total students - 4,683

38%
62%

International students - 2,373

%
%

Total faculty staff - 476

263
213

Total students - 4,683

38%
62%

International students - 2,373

Total faculty staff - 476

213
263

Scholarships

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