SOAS University of London

Postgraduate Study

  • As a unique institution specialising in the study of Asia and Africa, SOAS is a vibrant and exciting place to undertake postgraduate study.
  • Students can choose from almost 200 postgraduate programmes (taught and distance learning) in the social sciences, humanities and languages with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance, taught by world-renowned teachers in specialist faculties.
  • SOAS also offers an excellent range of research opportunities for students considering undertaking a PhD or MPhil degree.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

  • We have a wide array of Masters options in Law, Social Sciences, the Arts, Humanities, Languages and Area Studies.

The 2,890 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 67%
  • Part Time 33%


  • UK 44%
  • EU 19%
  • Other 38%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Social studies 199 1189 1388
Languages 136 354 490
Historical & philosophical studies 101 236 337
Law 33 264 297
Business & administrative studies 25 185 210
Mass communications & documentation 25 64 89
Creative arts & design 24 42 66
Education 0 13 13
Agriculture & related subjects 0 3 3

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £10,470
Mixed -
Laboratory -
Clinical -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • SOAS offers a wide-range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students undertaking our degree programmes.  A number of scholarships are also provided by the University of London, the British government and other external organisations.
  • The scholarships at SOAS are distributed through a competitive application process with respect to financial need and/or academic merit. The range of scholarships is diverse – some support students from specific countries or a group of countries, while others focus on particular courses of study or research.


  • SOAS students have exclusive access to two residences – Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House – located on Pentonville Road adjacent to Vernon Square and a 20-minute walk from Russell Square. Paul Robeson House is a postgraduate residence and has 259 en-suite rooms.

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

Masters level students

  • SOAS provides a range of student support services for students at all levels including a dedicated careers service, student advice and well-being team; as well as student support officers in each department.
  • Each student is also assigned an academic advisor. An Academic Advisor is a current SOAS academic and will support you towards reaching your academic goals.

Research (PhD/MPhil) students

  • The SOAS Doctoral School is both a place where research students work and meet, and an organization with oversight of the SOAS research student experience.
  • We have a dedicated postgraduate research training co-ordinator. This enables us to support students to develop a broad and balanced research skills profile.
  • SOAS is also part of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN), sharing training opportunities with other participating institutions of the network including UCL, LSE, and King's College London.