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Doctoral School

Doctoral School

Autumn 2012 saw the launch of the SOAS Doctoral School, both as a place to work and meet, and as an organisation to enhance the research student experience. This is a long-anticipated development, and we are delighted to welcome both returning and new research students on board for it.

There are facilities open to doctoral students in a number of parts of SOAS. These include the Research students area (R301) in the Russell Square main building complex and the corner building at 53 Gordon Square. This is the physical hub of the Doctoral School. It provides a substantial increase in the number of computer work stations and printers exclusively available to research students, as well as desks for those who prefer to connect their laptops to the SOAS Wi-Fi. The building additionally has meeting rooms, as well as a common room, lockers, showers and bicycle storage. 

The Doctoral School organisation is overseen by a Head (Richard Fardon) who works closely with the Research Student Association and the Associate Deans for Research of the three Faculties to link up services for research students, including the Postgraduate Section of Registry, the Academic Development Directorate (for training), Careers Advice, Scholarships and other research student services. In the coming year, we shall work not just to integrate the existing research student experience at SOAS, but to develop it with events that use our new facilities.

Our priorities are to develop the research student interface on the website so that resources become easier to find, and to get the Doctoral School building running effectively.  With these facilities in place, we shall look to work closely with the Research Student Association to learn about your priorities.

Contact Us

To contact the SOAS Doctoral School please email: doctoralschool@soas.ac.uk

We are keen to receive your feedback so we have created a feedback channel here. We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions, which are valued and will be incorporated into future steps that the institution will take.