• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.08 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.82 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.76 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    70.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    81.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    85.6 / 100.0

A SOAS student is typically passionate about their subject; opts to learn a second language; loves to learn, to travel, to be surprised; and is interested and engaged with the world around them.

Entry Requirements

  • SOAS welcomes applications from students with a variety of qualifications and experience reflecting the commitment to recruiting a diverse student community.
  • A level offers range from A*AA to BBB, depending on the subject.
  • The entry requirements detailed in the course descriptions represent the minimum for each subject. Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to achieve the appropriate qualifications.
  • Admissions tutors will consider the whole application, including the student's personal statement. Considerable weight is also given to academic references.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • 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 students are encouraged to develop a truly global outlook, and taking subjects such as Law, Development Studies, Politics, Economics and Religious Studies allow SOAS students to shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges in society. 
  • All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories.
  • SOAS’ specialism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East offers students the chance to study over 50 non-European languages or regionally focused courses within traditional academic disciplines.
  • Small group teaching remains an important feature of study at SOAS – its student-staff ratio (11:1) is one of the best in the UK.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Choice of modules – Open module options allow students to select modules from a wide range of subjects as part of their degree programme.

Student Services and Facilities

  • SOAS recently moved into the Paul Webley Wing of Senate House which has been transformed to create a modern teaching and learning environment. Within the building, the Weston Student Hub provides a range of services for students, including accommodation, counselling, student finance, careers and enterprise advice.
  • The SOAS Library is one of only five national research libraries and houses 1.2 million items including e-books and e-journals and research databases.
  • IT facilities include around 500 PCs; students get a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 for the duration of their studies, and there is Wi-Fi access in communal and study spaces.
  • SOAS has its own exhibition and conference space, the Brunei Gallery, which holds exhibitions and events relating to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • SOAS Radio is an outlet for creative media and talent, dedicated to varied and original programming on world music, culture and current affairs.

Disability Services

  • The SOAS Student Disability Office provides information, advice and support to disabled students, from when they first apply to when they graduate.

Students' Union

  • SOAS Students' Union is a bustling and diverse environment, which offers support and representation for all SOAS students.
  • The SOAS SU is one of the most politically active in the UK and has the largest proportional turnout in SU elections in the country.
  • The SU has approximately 150 clubs and societies, covering sport, political debate, cultural issues and everything in between. There is even a Hummus Society!

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • SOAS' location in central London ensures there are plenty of part-time job opportunities for students to take advantage of.

Careers Guidance

  • The SOAS Careers Service is the dedicated provider of careers advice, events and information services for current SOAS students and alumni, providing support in the search for part-time work, internships or full-time jobs after students graduate.
  • The service offers confidential, 1-to-1 careers advice and resources on how to decide on a career path. This includes advice on the application process, CVs, interviews – including practice interviews – and assessment centres.
  • Information is given on internships, full-time jobs, part-time jobs, recruitment agencies and volunteering; and the JobOnline vacancy service advertises opportunities, providing a Job Alert service direct to students who register.
  • There are also resources on starting a business, and student enterprise.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 53%
  • Postgraduate 47%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 55%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 31%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%
  • SOAS has more than 6,000 students from over 130 countries on campus.


  • SOAS celebrated its centenary in 2016 and continues to chart a course as a scholarly resource of global relevance for the 21st century.
  • Founded in 1916 as a college of the University of London, the School of Oriental Studies took in its first students at the start of 1917.
  • In the late 1930s the school expanded, and with the aid of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation founded the Department of African Languages and Cultures – adding 'African' to the name of the school in 1938.
  • In 2013, SOAS was granted degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council. The modern institution has research engaging with the contemporary challenges of globalisation, the management of water and resources, and championing the rights of displaced people, and is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of the world.
  • The opening of the new teaching space in the iconic Senate House building in 2016 reinforces SOAS’ commitment to provide a modern learning environment for its students.

Notable Alumni

  • Professor John Atta Mills – former President of Ghana.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi – Leader of the National League for Democracy, Burma, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, 1991.
  • Zeinab Badawi – TV and radio reporter and news presenter.
  • David Lammy MP (member of the SOAS International Advisory Board) – MP for Tottenham, former Minister of State for Higher Education.
  • Paul Robeson – American actor, singer and civil rights activist.
  • Dame Freya Stark DBE – British travel writer. One of the first Western women to travel through the Arabian deserts, often alone. Joined Ministry of Information during World War II and contributed to the creation of a propaganda network aimed at persuading Arabs to support the Allies or at least remain neutral.
  • Fatima Bhutto – poet and writer; granddaughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of the late Benazir Bhutto.
  • Jamie Drummond – Executive Director and Global Strategy, ONE; a global advocacy organisation which arose out of the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign, for which he was global strategist.
  • Jemima Goldsmith – writer, human rights campaigner and fundraiser for several national and international charities. She is the Associate Editor of New Statesman and the European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair.
  • James Harding – Head of BBC News.

Further Details

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