SOAS University of London - Master's Degree

SOAS University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. This means that SOAS scholars grapple with the pressing issues of these regions, concerning democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion and social change; more importantly however they serve as guardians of a specialised knowledge in languages, periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK.

  • Average Tuition GBP 17,215

School Description

SOAS is the major national centre for the study of programs concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The University currently offers over 350 undergraduate degree combinations in social sciences, arts, humanities and languages, all with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance. It also has over 115 postgraduate programs taught on campus; as well as a wide range of degrees, certificates and diplomas taught by distance learning. SOAS offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages, all of which may be studied without prior knowledge. The University also has one of the highest proportions of international students in the world – 5,000 students from over 130 countries – currently at over 50%. SOAS was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009 for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching.

Master Programs

  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Anthropology

    GBP 17,490 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual knowledge of Anthropology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human language, culture, societies, biological and material remains, biolog more
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    Arabic

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program offers courses that focus on the study of philology; classical Arabic; modern standard Arabic; Arabic dialects; and the application of the Arabic language to business, science/technology, and other professi more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Art History

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Art History. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the historical development of art; the theory of art; art his more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Chinese

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Chinese conversation, reading, and compositional skills.  

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    Cultural Studies

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Cultural Studies. The program offers courses that focus on culture; racial and ethnic issues; gender and popular culture; culture and media; and culture an more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Economics

    GBP 17,895 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient alloc more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Finance

    GBP 18,000 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, a more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Gender Studies

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Gender Studies. The program offers courses that focus on women's studies, men's studies, and LGBTQ studies.  

  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    History

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in p more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    International Relations

    GBP 19,290 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the principles of International Relations, politics and international institutions. The program offers courses that focus on the more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Journalism

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the fundamentals of Journalism. The program offers courses that focus on news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; la more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Languages

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.  

  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Law

    GBP 18,550 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the world of law and contemporary governance, with a focus on the European Union. The program offers courses that focus on the independent more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Management

    GBP 18,000 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; information technolo more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Media Studies

    GBP 17,490 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Media Studies. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that combine the study of communications, technology, sociolog more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Music Education

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music Education. The program offers courses that focus on the teaching and learning of music.  

  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Political Science

    GBP 17,895 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Political Science. The program offers courses that focus on understanding political ideas, ideologies, inst more
  • London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

    Religion

    GBP 17,215 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theological knowledge of Religion. The program offers courses that focus on phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of r more

Rankings

  • QS Rankings (Global)
    QS Rankings (Global) 288
  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 232
  • The Guardian
    The Guardian 56
  • Times World University Rankings
    Times World University Rankings 401
  • Complete University Guide (UK)
    Complete University Guide (UK) 44

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.30
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50

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    Established in 1916

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    The SOAS Library – recently refurbished and designed by the architect Sir Denys Lasdun – attracts scholars from all around the world, as it houses over 1.5 million items, and has extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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    London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

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      • Testimony
        2002-2003, MSc, International Politics

        For me, SOAS was very much like an "incubator" - not only preparing me from an academic sense for the endeavours that lay ahead, but also in terms of the relationships it helped me create, which subsequently had a significant impacted on my intellectual and professional development. There is no place like it!

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        1968-1969, M.A., Area Studies (Africa)

        I attended SOAS back in the day - 1968-9, focusing on the development of political unity among African countries. The professors were remarkable tutors who shared their expertise through encouraging debate. My time there proved to be an excellent foundation for what turned out to be a successful career in diplomacy. Bonus! I met my future husband in the lounge.

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        2010-2011, Master, Anthropology of Media

        My MA at SOAS was one of the best experiences in my life: a warm environment, an amazing library and a community of professor, researchers and students that helped me to challenge my beliefs, ideas and knowledge to always try to bring my mind to the next level. An intense experience and a brilliant academic environment. The methodology of research that I learnt at SOAS is part of my daily approach to any professional job I have to undertake.