With its vast repository of knowledge and expertise on the regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, SOAS is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the religious, political, cultural and economic challenges of our world.
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  • 4700 Students
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At SOAS, you can choose from a range of programmes in the arts, humanities, languages, law or social sciences, each with global relevance and specialist teaching in the regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Whether you want to specialise in a specific geographical region or gain knowledge of a range of global issues, our flexible programme structure allows you to tailor your programme according to your interests. Every student is also offered the opportunity to learn a language alongside their programme through the Language Entitlement programme.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at SOAS, University of London!


  • The SOAS Library

The SOAS Library is one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK, with more than 1.2 million items and extensive electronic resources in 400 languages. As the national library for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East it attracts scholars from all over the world.


  • Language laboratories

Dedicated language laboratories and two open-access language resource rooms are available to language students, and a recording studio provides facilities for the production of audio and video. Students and staff also have access to satellite television offering up to 80 channels.

  • The Brunei Gallery at SOAS

The Brunei Gallery hosts a changing programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With permanent rotating displays of the Schoolís own collections in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery and the Japanese Roof Garden, the gallery is a stimulating space on Museum Mile in London. Itís open Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.


  • New learning and teaching facilities at Senate House

SOAS has recently acquired the North Block of the University of London Senate House, which is due to open in summer 2016, just as we celebrate 100 years since the School was founded. This iconic, Grade II listed building was designed in the 1930s to rival Oxford and Cambridge. As SOAS embarks on its second century, it will offer state of the art research, teaching and student provision, all in one precinct.

Student Life

SOAS is known around both the University of London and the wider community in Bloomsbury as a social hub. Our Junior Common Room is famous for its music scene, helped by the output of the much-acclaimed SOAS Radio, having played host to everyone from Manu Chao to Nirvana. Our bar has served for decades as the home of after-hours discussion, debate and other important activities.

From Brixtonís cafés, to the art rooms in Hackney, from the restaurants on the route of the Notting Hill Carnival to the waterside pubs in Greenwich, SOAS students are known in every corner of the London community for their friendliness and diversity.

At SOAS, the capitalís rich intellectual, cultural and social life is on your doorstep, and you can choose from a huge range of attractions and opportunities that suit every taste and budget. Being a student at SOAS ó which means you are also a student at the University of London ó gives you a chance to enjoy the finest cultural attractions on offer.

SOAS is located between the City of London and the West End, and just around the corner from the British Museum, so students are only a short walk away from a wealth of galleries, theatres and museums, palaces, parks, squares, restaurants and shops, as well as Londonís famous and familiar landmarks, such as the Elizabeth Tower (home to Big Ben), the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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