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Postgraduate Student Profiles

Padraig Belton

MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies & Certificate in Arabic

Padraig Belton

I happily give to SOAS, my two courses and my lecturers my warmest recommendation.

Marina Di Giorgi

MMus Ethnomusicology

Marina Di Giorgi

I chose SOAS because it is the only place in London where I could gain a broad knowledge of Music in the Middle East.


Xavier Fournier

MA History of Art and Archaeology (Near & Middle East & South East Asia)

Xavier Fournier

The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Stephen Gedion

MSc Public Policy & Management

Stephen Gedion

CeFiMS offered me a truly unique experience of top class education combined with an opportunity to achieve my full potential…


Julio Giró, Switzerland

MSc in Environmental Management

Julio Giró

The knowledge gained has helped me by improving both the skills and quality of my work…

Minna Hsu

MA in Taiwan Studies

Minna Hsu

Studying for my MA in Taiwan Studies at SOAS was a wonderful experience


Alice Huang

MSc International Studies and Diplomacy

Alice Huang

SOAS attracts such high calibre students with international backgrounds, I have not only enjoyed socialising with my classmates, but have learnt much from them as well.

Akhil Katyal

PhD South Asia

Akhil Katyal

The most lucrative resource has been the SOAS library which has an excellent South Asia collection


Emir Kaya

PhD Law

Emir Kaya

SOAS, for me, means a total personal advancement, not merely vocational.

Nina Kaysser

MPhil Development Studies

Nina Kaysser

The past two years at SOAS have been most challenging and stimulating at the same time.


Andre Keuck

MSc Finance and Financial Law

Andre Keuck

There is absolutely no question that I would recommend SOAS to anyone interested in a hybrid finance and law master's program. It's a place like no other, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered going back for another course. Hopefully one day…

Tullio Lobetti

PhD Study of Religions

Tullio Lobetti

The MA year was probably one of the most life-changing experiences in my life, and it was paramount in my decision to continue my studies towards an academic career.


Jack Lord

PhD History

Jack Lord

If you are interested in a truly global history, then SOAS is the place to study.

Zahrah Mamode

MA Global Media and Postnational Communication

Zahrah Mamode

SOAS is the ultimate place for intellectual thinking about the world with special attention to cultural and political issues.


Mohammad Mirbashiri

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Mohammad Mirbashiri

SOAS is a truly great institution that provides a stimulating learning environment with extensive resources and outstanding teaching staff.

Daniel Mojahedi

MA Chinese Studies

Daniel Mojahedi

SOAS was the ideal place for me to study cross-Strait relations


Isabella Fung Sheung Ng

PhD Gender Studies

Isabella Fung Sheung Ng

SOAS came to my mind naturally as it is well-known for its regional specialization and individual staff’s strength on gender studies.

Fiona O’Cleirigh

MA Global Media and Postnational Communication

Fiona O'Cleirigh

I was drawn to the university’s outstanding reputation in my area of interest (the Middle East, particularly Iran) as well as the availability of postgraduate programmes that could complement a career in journalism.


Atit Pongpanit

PhD South East Asian Studies

Atit Pongpanit

SEA is one of not many departments in the world where Thai cinema has been intensively taught and studied.

Samuel Southgate

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Samuel Southgate

SOAS seemed the natural place to come, not only because of its fantastic location in the heart of London, but also because of its specialist focus and its diverse student body.


Tomoko Sugimoto

MSc International Management (Japan)

Tomoko Sugimoto

SOAS is a unique university in which to study management and its environment in Japan

Josephine Tsui

MSc Globalisation and Development

Josephine Tsui

The flexibility of the department to customize my classes was extremely appreciated so I could focus on the gendered component of globalisation.


Nafsika Papacharalampous

MA Anthropology of Food

Nafsika Papacharalampous

I loved every aspect of my MA. The teaching was exceptional; our seminars were intellectually stimulating and fascinating.

Marie-Angele Thomas

MA International Studies and Diplomacy

Marie-Angele Thomas

SOAS is the best place to learn about other cultures, not just through its courses but through the various social activities and interactions.


Robtel Neajai Pailey

PhD Development Studies

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Above all, being at SOAS is like coming ‘home’. It’s a place where I feel entirely comfortable in my own skin, while also being challenged to question who I am, and what I stand for.

Anita Nwachukwu

MSc Political Economy of Development

Anita Nwachukwu

SOAS is an amazing place, it has the most interesting lectures and events pertaining to a whole range of relevant issues.


Mary Bridger

MA Gender Studies

Mary Bridger

SOAS is a great place for collaborative learning and one that provides unique opportunities.

Nikola Georgiev

Ma International and Comparative Commercial Law

Nikola Georgiev

If I was to describe SOAS in one sentence it would be, ‘strong, ongoing, aspiring, successful’


Birgul Yilmmaz

PhD in Linguistics

Birgul Yilmmaz

My main reason for coming to SOAS was that this was the only place where there was a specialist who could supervise my thesis.

Osman Diallo

MSc State, Society and Development

Osman Diallo

SOAS is the place to be


Liam Barnard

MMus Ethnomusicology

Liam Barnard

It is fantastic being part of this wonderful community and having the opportunity to say and do things that would just cause bewilderment anywhere else! It really is a special place.

Giulia Cibotti

MA in Chinese Studies

Giulia Cibotti

There is some sort of positive vibe that makes this place highly addictive.


Joe Buckley

MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development

Joe Buckley

Deciding to come here will be one of the greatest decisions you ever make. You will find a warm, welcoming second home in the centre of London.

Shreya Ila Anasuya Sanghani

MA Anthropology of Development

Shreya Ila Anasuya Sanghani

Beyond academia, there is a lot of opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities at the SOAS.


Tariq Islam

MSc Finance and Financial Law

Tariq Islam

Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module.

Naureen Ali

MA Gender Studies

Naureen Ali

SOAS truly opens up a horizon of possibilities, possibilities you can explore and build upon.


Judith Nubold

MSc Middle East Politics

Judith Nubold

It is the unique SOAS community that makes studying here so special

Erum Abdullah Al-Howaish

MSc International Management (MENA)

Erum Abdullah Al-Howaish

In short, SOAS is a place where you feel that the world meets, but without boundaries


Cornelia Rottenmoser

MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy

Cornelia Rottenmoser

Having been part of SOAS is something I never want to miss in my life and whenever passing through London I will come back “home” to SOAS for a visit.

Damian Burns

MSc Political Economy of Development

Damian Burns

SOAS is a place where people find a home, and that is why so many, like myself, always seem to return; be it to study, protest, debate, or even just have a cup of tea.


Samuel Kustaa Lammi

MA Middle Eastern Studies

Samuel Kustaa Lammi

SOAS is truly a microcosm in the heart of London.

Linda Renland

MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Linda Renland

The MA fundamentally challenge the perceptions students have of migration and allow students to critically question our own perceptions.


Dinita Setyawati

MA Southeast Asian Studies

Dinita Setyawati

SOAS encourages and motivates its student to believe in themselves, and that is exactly what I have done.

Caroline Makasa, Zambia

MSc in Sustainable Development

Caroline Makasa

When I discovered the MSc course in Sustainable Development on the internet I was thrilled because I could study part-time and work, all at the same time.


Luminita Cuna

MSc Sustainable Development (specialism: Environmental Management) 

Luminita Cuna

I researched many online programs in US, Canada, and UK, but I found that the SOAS CeDEP Master of Science is the one that suited my needs best, in terms of quality, content, flexibility and finances.

Eyob Ghilazghy, Eritrea

MSc in Sustainable Development

Eyob Ghilazghy

The learning experience was exciting and interesting yet with some challenges also.


Brechtje Swart

PG Dip Public Financial Management

Brechtje Swart

I can assure my sponsor that the studies I undertook were value for money and have helped me tremendously in my career development. I would recommend studying through CeFiMS to anybody.

Tim Rippon

MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy

Yi Xie

I would strongly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in contemporary energy and climate issues.


Douglas Mundopa

MSc Finance & Financial Law

Douglas Mundopa

Doing the MSc was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can already see the benefits on a daily basis at work.

Esha Mendiratta

MSc Finance (major: Financial Sector Management)

Esha Mendiratta

This programme is designed perfectly for people already working in the financial industry


Olimpia Dumitru

MSc Public Policy & Management

Olimpia Dumitru

The distance learning mode is a very efficient way to study, especially for someone like me who had a full-time job and a family to look after.

Alessandra Awolowo
Alessandra Awolowo

CISD staff and the lecturers are super-dedicated and approachable, ready to make you feel part of the family.


Catherine Ogden
Catherine Ogden

At an academic and social level, the SOAS experience definitely exceeded my expectations!

Charles Malissard
Charles Malissard

CISD opened my eyes on the multitude of world visions, and helped me develop, articulate and believe in my own.


Chloe McWeeny
Chloe Mcweeny

I gained academic and personal skills which I am now using on a day-to-day basis in my professional activities.

Kristale Ivezaj
Kristale Ivezaj

Nowhere in the world will you have the chance to meet so many helpful and caring staff, people who are truly interested in seeing you succeed.


Yi Xie
Yi Xie

CISD is a unique place where the West meets the East. Wherever you are from, you could feel that you are welcomed, accepted, and appreciated.

James Ingram

MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

James Ingram

The range of academic expertise and specialised postgraduate courses show why the Department of Anthropology and Sociology continues to be so popular.


Osama Salameh

MA Global Media and Postnational Communication

The Centre for Media and Film Studies has been a turning point in my academic, professional, and epistemological life. I will never read, watch or receive information or media products as before.

Berkay Gulen, MSc International Politics

Berkay Gulen, MSc International Politics

Berkay Gulen

If you are looking for alternative approaches and think that “another way is possible”, SOAS can be the right choice.


Tetsuhiko Endo

MA Postcolonial Studies

Tetsuhiko Endo

I can't recommend this course enough for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our contemporary world

Boying Xu

PhD Finance and Management

Boying Xu

The friendly research atmosphere, extensive library resources and academic training courses will help to stimulate your inspiration, promote your talent, and push yourself to new academic heights.


Mounira Lisa Sabella

MA Media and the Middle East

Mounira Lisa Sabella

The Media and Middle East degree is one in a million

Poonkulaly Gunaseelan

MPhil/PhD Programme CCLPS

Poonkulaly Gunaseelan

The MPhil/PhD programme offered by the CCLPS is a challenging and rewarding experience.


Neslie Carol Tan

MA in Cultural Studies

Neslie Carol Tan

"MA Cultural Studies in SOAS is a course where I was forced to question my perceptions, reexamine my beliefs, and widen my (mental) map.

Meng Wang

MA Religions of Asia and Africa: Buddhism pathway

Meng Wang

The multilingual culture and great diversity at SOAS makes it a unique place to study.


Simon Perfect

MA Religions of Asia and Africa

Simon Perfect

The Study of Religions department offers the perfect combination of unparalleled breadth of modules with excellent teaching by leading academics.

Sue Roach

PhD Buddhist Studies

Sue Roach

I would describe my time at SOAS as some of the happiest years of my life.


Maimoona Cheema, Pakistan

MSc Finance and Financial Law

Maimoona Cheema (MSc Finance and Financial Law)

I have found the MSc Finance and Financial Law degree particularly useful since it has added essentials of finance including but not limited to concepts of risk management, financial markets, banking and investment to my skill-set

Yiyi Li, China

MSc Finance and Financial Law (2012-2013)

Yiyi Li

I would recommend the MSc Finance and Financial Law programme at SOAS for those who are interested in both finance and financial law while also wish to compare the differences between jurisdictions.


Teuku Reza Fadeli
Teuku Reza Fadeli

At SOAS, I have learnt how to read a variety of texts critically and analytically and then to write about them in engaging ways.

Sehrish Javid
Sehrish Javid

The teaching has been passionate and engaging with a level of expertise hard to find elsewhere.


Amrit Kaur Lohia
Amrit Kaur lohia

Studying history at SOAS has been a life-changing experience.

Qingniao Li
Qingniao Li

Studying Buddhism at SOAS is certainly an enjoyable journey full of enlightenment and encouragement.


Jessica Blomfield

MSc Environment, Politics and Development

Jessica Blomfield

SOAS offers such an open environment that fosters creative learning and encourages students to be proactive.

Charlie Orr

MA Japanese Studies with Intensive Language

Charlie Orr

SOAS has an excellent reputation and my chosen course fitted my interests perfectly. So far my time here has exceeded every expectation.


Ana Carolina Sarmento

MA International Studies and Diplomacy

Ana Carolina Sarmento

One of the things that make SOAS truly unique is the cultural diversity. You can meet people from all across the globe and understand better the place where they are coming from

Jo Tomkinson

MPhil/PhD International Development

Jo Tomkinson

SOAS is an utterly special institution, unrivalled both in the UK and internationally. It is a space where ideas at the margins of the academic mainstream develop, flourish and spread.


Lois Barnett

MPhil/PhD Film Studies

Lois barnett

SOAS has allowed me to achieve more than I ever believed I was capable of - if someone had told me five years ago that I would be studying towards a PhD now, I would be more than surprised!

Marta Corti

MA International Studies and Diplomacy

Marta Corti

I have also been pleased with the quality of teaching. Lectures are engaging and seminars thought-provoking. I like the fact that we always apply the theory to current, real events and that the teachers push us to think outside the box and challenge our preconceptions.


Stina Maria Lindholm

MSc Environment, Politics and Development

Stina Maria Lindholm

I had dreamt about applying to SOAS since I started my undergraduate degree as it was presented to me as one of the best schools to study international development.

Hannah Duncan

MSc Environment, Politics and Development

Hannah Duncan

SOAS has given me the space to ask questions of myself and of my studies which I hadn’t had before, it gives you the academic and ideological freedom to explore your own ideas.


Jake-Thurston

MA in Advanced Chinese Studies

Jake-Thurston

I immensely enjoyed my undergraduate and knew that my only ambition was to take the interests that I had developed in its course forward into postgraduate study.

Jen Guha (USA)
Jen Guha

The professors I had were all high quality, and willing to spend the extra time going over concepts, or taking time during class to have in depth discussions.


Amanda Marmot
Amanda Marmot

The teaching focuses not just on lectures, but small discussion groups as well as ready access to individual support and guidance. All within a world-class university, and the library is excellent.

Aishwarya Singh (India)
Aishwarya Singh

The teaching faculty is par excellence….. SOAS rightfully boasts of an exceptionally resourceful library, a paradise of sorts for bookworms and students alike! ….. SOAS has a special place in my heart.


Mohini Gupta
Mohini Gupta

The knowledge and enthusiasm regarding South Asia at SOAS made me proud of belonging to the region as well as embarrassed of how little I knew about it

Michele Serafini (Italy)
Michele Serafini

Let me put it like this: studying South Asia at SOAS is a greatly enriching experience.


Xiaoyu Zhang (China)
Xiaoyu Zhang

The course touched different topics and it opened my mind to diversified South Asian cultures, social issues and literature...

Rahul Verma (UK)
Rahul Verma

The MA, course tutors and overall SOAS experience invigorated and inspired me more than I could ever have imagined.