SOAS University of London


Certificates and Diplomas

SOAS runs a range of non-degree courses, these include:

How to Apply

Applicants should complete the online form on the right of this page.  The deadline is 30th June each year but early application is advisable.  If you have any queries please contact

Undergraduate Certificates 

The following certificates are taught by academic departments at SOAS and they are generally based on undergraduate degree programmes.

Language Certificates and Diplomas 

The following certificates and diplomas are offered by the Language Centre.

The Language Centre also teaches a wide range of languages, which you can study for a shorter period in the evening or on Saturday. Please go to the Language Centre for a full list.

Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas 

Diplomas are qualifications in their own right and are taken by students who do not wish to do a full masters degree.

The diplomas for which graduates may register at the School are as follows:
In some cases, certificates or diplomas can provide preparation for a Masters programme, eg:
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics. This is an ideal conversion programme for those who do not hold an undergraduate degree in Economics but wish to pursue a course of study or career in this field. Teaching will be at an undergraduate level.
  • Certificate in Politics and International Studies. The Certificate in Politics and International Studies is a one-year course that is offered by the department to those who are keen to study politics at Masters level, but do not have a first degree in the subject.

Foundation diplomas 

These are designed specifically for students coming from other university systems and who need or would like the opportunity to adjust to the specific requirements of the British system. They include a substantial English-language component. SOAS foundation diplomas are recognised throughout the UK university sector.

  • Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies (FDPS). This integrates courses in relevant subjects such as international relations, media studies, business studies and literature, taught at advanced undergraduate level, with English-language classes designed specifically for the subjects concerned.