SOAS University of London

SOAS is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS offers a truly global perspective.

With its vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, SOAS is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world.

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SOAS offers a truly global perspective.

SOAS, founded in 1916, offers world class teaching in Law, Politics, Economics, Finance and Management, Development Studies, Languages and Cultures, History, the Arts and many other areas.

Whatever your chosen subject, you can deepen your study by focusing on one or more regions and every student is entitled to study one of their range of non-European languages.

Number of students

  • 5,237 : No of students
  • 59% : Undergraduate students
  • 41% : Postgraduate students
  • 26% : International students

Many graduates go on to further study but a large proportion go straight into employment, building careers as human rights lawyers, politicians, journalists, diplomats, ambassadors and scholars.

Alumni can join SOAS World, giving them free access to e-journals, invitations to exclusive events, and discounted SOAS Library membership – one of only five national research libraries in the UK.

SOAS leads the development of online and distance learning postgraduate programmes in finance, management, public policy, development and diplomacy.

Forthcoming programmes include a new MSc in Climate Change and Development.