Undergraduate study

Students are drawn to SOAS by its international reputation for academic excellence, as well as for the opportunity to study in a lively and international environment with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

Degree combinations in law, politics, economics, finance, business, management, the arts, humanities and languages provide many options for study, in either single-subject or two-subject (combined) degrees. 


Anthropology is a discipline that bridges the gap between the humanities and the social sciences. It draws on and is in conversation with religion and philosophy, history, cultural and media studies, and literature on the one side, and sociology and politics on the other.

If you are interested in developing sought after intellectual and practical skills in combination with nurturing a better understanding of what it is to be human in the complex world in which we live, then this discipline is suited to you.

Finance and Management

Our degree programmes provide theoretical understanding of finance and management that extends beyond conventional analysis of the US and Europe to include specialist knowledge of economies, organisations and businesses in Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

This makes for a truly international experience and gives a deeper understanding of global issues of finance and management, which is one of the reasons why our graduates go on to make a real difference in the world.

Languages and Cultures

Nothing can match the intensity and depth of engagement with a different culture than that achieved through knowledge of a local language. At SOAS, we are committed to delivering specialist language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills.
Our specialists are committed to studying the languages, literatures, film and cultures (classical and contemporary) of Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia. Our work covers a fascinating mix of cultures, languages, religions and traditions, many in dynamic, fast developing regions, which are assuming an increasingly important strategic role in global affairs.

Religions and Philosophies

The religions and the philosophical systems of the world’s cultures have been powerful, dynamic and enduring forces throughout human history, exercising enormous influence on the formation, development and contemporary expressions of global political, economic, cultural and moral social systems.
A culture’s religion and philosophical thought encapsulates its people’s values and ideas, sets forward their role models and is integrally related to a sense of identity for many. So in studying religions and/or philosophies, one is studying how people reflect on and react to what they consider to be of ultimate significance and value.


Economics at SOAS probes the mechanism of society and explains the factors and processes that underpin production, exchange and distribution, in order to effectively inform economic policy, as well as to understand the consequences of economic and social well-being.

Students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of particular countries and issues, based on concrete analysis of history, institutions and political economy. This reflects a shared view at SOAS that economics should be rigorous, reflective and, fundamentally, useful.

Creative Arts

The BA in Creative Arts at SOAS is designed for students wishing to develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to the arts and the cultural industries.
Students will be introduced to a wide range of thematic and theoretical issues, and will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in radio, curating, film festivals and musical performance both within taught modules and assignments.
Both theoretical and practical in orientation, this interdisciplinary degree gives insight into the varied forms of artistic expressions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Law is a fascinating, dynamic area of study. It is critical to all societies, to relationships between people, between organisations and between individuals and the state – as well as between states. Law is an important part of social and global ordering while being a potent weapon of both the powerful and the weak.

In an increasingly interconnected world, the idea of studying the laws of a single jurisdiction has become less tenable. Legal issues often transcend national borders and legal ideas have travelled far beyond their places of origin.

With decades of teaching the laws of the developing world to students, SOAS Law degrees continue to provide our students with an understanding of law and a set of employable skills reaching far beyond more traditional degrees.

Politics and International Studies

What distinguishes a SOAS Politics degree from any other is its truly global perspective. In a rapidly changing political and ideological landscape, the degrees we provide have never been more relevant.
Our international student body is renowned for its engagement with the major political issues of our time, making SOAS one of the most exciting universities in the world to learn about Politics and International Relations with a focus on Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.


Studying English at SOAS offers an exciting new approach to an established academic discipline. Building on SOAS’s existing strengths and expertise in the study of language and literature from around the world, the programmes takes a global perspective on Anglophone literature and literary cultures.

The degree introduces students to the processes through which the English language and its literatures have spread across the globe, including trade, war, colonisation, globalisation and digitisation.

Our teaching emphasises dialogue, placing the literary canon in conversation with Anglophone texts from around the world, and especially Africa, Asia, the Near and Middle East, Australia and the Caribbean.

Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of regional topics and disciplines, while independent research projects, field trips, guest seminars and networking events immerse students in London’s rich, multicultural literary heritage. Characterised by robust research-led teaching, this inclusive, globally-oriented programme of study is the first of its kind in the UK, and represents a rigorous and stimulating alternative to the traditional curriculum of other universities.

Global Arts

The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is broad but rigorous. Designed for highly-motivated students who wish to explore a range of subjects from arts and humanities, to languages and social sciences.

It will give you a sophisticated understanding of the world as a whole, expert knowledge of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the skills you need to succeed in your future career.


From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East, 14th century indigenous warfare to 20th century Islam in South East Asia, the Mughal Empire to Gandhi, slavery to Muslim societies in West Africa, and modern China to modern Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world in order to develop your understanding of the fascinating histories relating to Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.
Our students develop the skills to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective, while developing their ability to engage with multiple theories and to analyse complex systems.


Music is a universal means of human artistic and cultural expression, essential for the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world.

The teaching of music at SOAS recognises no geographical, cultural or social boundaries: however, you will study in depth the music of specific regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East as well as the African diaspora, including Cuba. You will also study at least one instrument or vocal style from these or related regions, learning directly from one of our expert teachers.

No other university in the world offers such a range of teaching or such a concentration of research specialists in these areas.

History of Art and Archaeology

From performance masquerade in West Africa to the visual cultures of China and Japan, the archaeology of Morocco and Ethiopia to the temples of South East Asia, and from the sophisticated book cultures of South Asia and the Middle East to questions of identity in museums and contemporary art exhibitions, History at SOAS covers a plurality of themes and theoretical approaches.

SOAS is renowned as an alternative voice to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures.

Development Studies

Development Studies programmes at SOAS are designed for students who are passionate about addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community.

By the time students graduate, they will have cultivated a deep knowledge of the causes of – and responses to – poverty, marginalisation and vulnerability in developing countries and the process of dramatic social, economic and political change.

Entry criteria and English Language requirements

Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered in the same way as UK applicants. For details of the IB and A-Level requirements for individual degree programmes please refer to the undergraduate admissions pages. Neither the Chinese High School leaving certificate or Goakao are sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English must show that their level of English is sufficient to follow an academic programme in English. Our requirements currently include:

Academic 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.

SOAS does offer English ‘pre-sessional’ course for those who do not meet the exact entry requirements, so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study. If you would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, please browse our Foundation and English Language programmes

Undergraduate Admissions

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK’s central universities application organisation, UCAS.

The Course Enquiries Team provides all the information, advice and guidance you need prior to the submission of an application to study at SOAS.

Contact: study@soas.ac.uk / 0044 207 898 4700

If you are an applicant please contact the undergraduate admissions team: undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk

Fees and Funding:

Fees for 2019 entry: £17,750 (first year)


We have a great range of accommodation choices in the University and local area, so there’s something to suit every need. These vary by location, facilities and cost.

You can choose to:

  • Live in Halls of Residence for your first year – you’ll have your own, furnished bedroom in a flat with other students, we have a range of options available where you will live with students from SOAS and other Universities across London.
    • The room types available include catered or self-catered halls. Costs range from £150.00 – £304.00 per week. These are on or close to our campuses, so you’re well connected to everything SOAS has to offer.
  • Live independently in a Privately Rented Flat or House Share
  • Stay with a Host Family who offer the opportunity to live as part of their family. The University of London can direct you to a number of Homestay agents

Students attending SOAS for undergraduate study will need to firmly accept their offer with SOAS in order to apply for our Halls accommodation.

Accommodation Office: accommodation@soas.ac.uk

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