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About SOAS

Teaching

Teaching and learning programmes at SOAS are distinctive, and students can pursue courses combining languages, disciplines and regional studies unavailable elsewhere.

  • SOAS continues to rely heavily, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, on small group teaching and the cultivation of independent, critical thought by its students.
  • 71% of SOAS degrees earn first or uppersecond class passes, a performance that has seen the School rank in the top ten nationally for the past five years.
  • Students pursue courses in law and the social sciences (46%), in the humanities (36%) and in language, literature and linguistic studies (24%).
  • SOAS has a diverse and cosmopolitan student body. There are more than 6,000 students, 45% of whom are postgraduates.
  • 38% of SOAS students comes from outside the UK - in all, 160 nationalities are represented in our classrooms.
  • SOAS teaching has consistently been awarded high grades by the Quality Assessment Agency.
  • The QAA teaching assessments have consistently awarded high marks for the quality of the School's teaching and our student/staff ratio remains one of the best in the country (11.3:1).
  • SOAS offers over 350 undergraduate Bachelors degree combinations, close to 200 one-year intensively taught Master's degrees, and MPhil/PhD research degree programmes are available in every academic department.
  • We also offer a wide range of non-degree programmes, including Foundation courses, Language courses, JYA, Exchange and Erasmus programmes.