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Holding an Offer

If this does not answer your query, then please e-mail the Head of Admissions and Recruitment: mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk, clearly indicating that you have read the Frequently Asked Questions in the Subject 

  • Can I change my mode of study from full-time to part-time, or from part-time to full-time?

    It is normally possible to change your mode of study, but non EEA students who have to apply for Tier 4 student visa can only study on a full-time basis.  Students who have restrictions upon their right of stay in the UK should note that they may have difficulties entering and/or remaining in the UK to study on a part-time basis and should take appropriate advice before registering on a part-time programme.

    Please email mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk if you want to change your mode of attendance giving the reasons why. 

  • I have been offered and accepted a place to study at SOAS. I need a certification letter to open a UK bank account. Can you please help?

    We normally issue letters to students once they are fully enrolled and have paid their tuition fees. 

    We can sometimes provide overseas students a letter confirming that an offer to study at SOAS has been made before the registration date . You will need to give us the name of the branch where the account will be held as well as a UK address.

  • My contact details have changed, who shall I notify?

    We cannot unfortunately change the profile email  address used to create your online profile account on AY. You will have to update it yourself in the account settings of AY.

    If you encounter some problems, contact the HOBSONS helpdesk

    As this is the email address where all correspondence will be sent to, it is important that you keep  your email account up-to-date. 

    Please notify mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk with any change of postal address clearly indicating whether this is your correspondence or home address and the dates it is valid until.

    Don't forget to quote your full name and student reference number!

  • Where can I find out the timetable for my programme?

    You will have access to the timetable once you have accepted an unconditional offer to study at SOAS as you will need your SOAS  student reference number to access it. The timetable will be posted on the website and the final version is usually available by July/August. Please visit the timetable page for up to date information

  • I have sent my final transcript/certificate, will I receive an acknowledgment?

    We do not normally acknowledge receipt of the documentation that has been sent. However, you will get a reply as soon as the final decision has been taken and a revised offer will be made accordingly.

  • I will not get my final grades and evidence of my degree award before the deadline set in my offer letter, will my offer still stand?

    As long as you have accepted the offer, your place on the programme  will remain secure.

    If you are a non-EEA student who needs to apply for a Tier 4 student visa you should meet the conditions as early as possible, taking into account visa requirements and processing time to meet our enrolment deadline. Furthermore a CAS will only be issued once an offer is unconditional.  

    If your results are not going to be available before the enrolment date,  you may have to consider deferring the offer to the following year.

  • My final grade is lower than the one SOAS has asked for, have I lost my conditional place?

    If your results do not meet the academic conditions set out in the offer letter, please send your final transcript and grades to the Admissions and Recruitment Office as soon as possible. We will review your results and will get back to you to let you know whether or not we can accept you on to the programme.

  • How long should my statement of purpose be?
    Your personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words. It should include the reasons why you are interested in the programme, highlight your relevant experience and suitability for the programme as well as future plans.