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Doctoral School

Doctoral School

The SOAS Doctoral School is both a place where research students work and meet, and an organization with oversight of the SOAS research student experience.

Doctoral School facilities for the exclusive use of research students are to be found in a number of parts of SOAS. The major suites are the Research Students’ computer cluster (R301) on the third floor of the College Building in the main Russell Square complex, and the corner building at 53 Gordon Square. This imposing Bloomsbury townhouse provides 100 work stations suitable both for those who want to use desktop computers and those who prefer to connect their laptops to the SOAS Wi-Fi. The building is also equipped with meeting rooms, printers, a common room/kitchen, lockers, showers and bicycle storage.

The Doctoral School as an organization is overseen by an academic Head (currently Richard Fardon), and facilitated by an administrative Head (Marcus Cerny) who leads the Doctoral School Section of Registry, with offices on the third floor of the Gordon Square building where you can make enquiries in person.

The Doctoral School Management Group meets monthly, chaired by the Head of the Doctoral School, to coordinate research student facilities and services. If you want to suggest an item of business, please contact one its members: the Research Student Association has representatives for both MPhil and PhD students; the Associate Deans for Research represent the three Faculties; the specialist Research Skills Trainer and the Careers Adviser for Research Students are members, as is the Head of the Doctoral School Section of Registry.

The Doctoral School was established in 2012, and we have been expanding its activities since then to enhance both the breadth and integration of the SOAS Research Student environment. This year, for instance, in consultation with the RSA, support for conference funding has been focused on writing-up students and its overall level raised by a third thanks to support from the three Faculties. We are currently monitoring both the uptake and reaction to this scheme.

Contact Us

You can contact the SOAS Doctoral School by email: doctoralschool@soas.ac.uk
We need your feedback to improve the Doctoral School, so we have created a feedback channel here. Send comments and suggestions either directly or via the Doctoral School Management Group.