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SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree.

The university specialises in the languages, culture and societies of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Research and teaching covers:  democracy, development, human rights, migration, identity, economic, financial and legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, amongst other subjects.

SOAS also offers free language classes to all students, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindu and Russian. There are three faculties at SOAS: 

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Law and Social Science

Russell Square Campus in Bloomsbury is within walking distance to the West End.

State-of-the-art facilities at the university include the recently refurbished library, which holds more that 1.5 million books and electronic resources, along with two galleries, three bars and an ethical Co-op.

SOAS was awarded a Bronze in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

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About the SOAS University of London

SOAS, University of London, is known to be the leading institution specialising in the studies of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. SOAS offers more than 100 postgraduate degree options as taught master’s degrees. These postgraduate degrees focus on Arts, Humanities, Languages, Law and Social Sciences from the global perspective.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2016

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2016

This University

33% Part Time
67% Full Time

All universities (avg)

37% Part Time
63% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2016


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2016

3,000 Undergraduate
2,885 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2016


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