- BA Study of Religions (single or joint degree), three taught MA programmes and research degrees
- Unrivalled expertise in the religions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
- Research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to the practice and history of all the world’s major religious traditions
At SOAS you can study a wider range of religious traditions and in more depth than any other programme in the field, anywhere in the world. With our highly diversified expertise, our comprehensive resources, and our interdisciplinary approach we offer a unique learning and research environment for religions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. More about us…
Facts and figures
- Small class sizes: we currently have 120 undergraduate students, 30-40 new Masters students per year and our MPhil/PhD enrolment ranks amongst the strongest in the country with a research community of close to 50 doctoral students.
- 90% satisfaction for teaching (NSS 2012/13).
- Ranked 13th in UK (Guardian University Guide 2014).
- In 2009, 90% of our RAE submissions were rated either as 'world leading', 'internationally excellent' or 'internationally recognised.
- Research Centres: Buddhist Studies, World Christianities, Jaina Studies, Study of Japanese Religions.
Undergraduate student profile
My course has completely changed the way I see the world. It has taught me never simply to accept the evidence put in front of me but to examine it and not be afraid to ask the questions of why and who and what does this mean?
Anna Malzy, BA Study of Religions
Postgraduate Student profile
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.
Tullio Lobetti, PhD Study of Religions
Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS
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Our Head of Department says:
At SOAS we study religions because they have been powerful and enduring forces in all societies at all times. A culture’s religion encapsulates its people’s values and ideas, sets forward their role models and is integrally related to a sense of identity for many. So in studying religions one is studying how people reflect on and react to what they consider to be of ultimate significance and value.
As understanding religions will be key to your studies of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, I invite you to join one of our programmes for a single or joint degree. Our courses bring to light the most contemporary thought and understanding related to religious beliefs and how they have come to bear on all aspects of the world today.
First exhibition tells history of Zoroastrianism
Expert witness aids asylum seekers
Dr Erica Hunter’s research has had a huge impact on the Mandaeans, a small ethno-religious group who have experienced extreme persecution in Iraq and Iran over the last two decades. Expert witness reports by Dr Hunter have all resulted in successful applications by Mandaeans from Iraq and Iran for asylum in the UK.
- 10 Dec Max Weber’s Sociology of Jainism
- 12 Dec The Forgotten First London Buddhist Mission, 1889-1892: Charles J W Pfoundes and the Kaigai Senkyôkai
- 09 Jan Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion
- First MUSA conference tackles Muslim representations, thought and practice
- US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art
- Historian examines ethnic conflict in Burma (Myanmar) in latest book