SOAS University of London

Study Abroad/JYA at SOAS

Module Finder

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate Masters level students the opportunity to study at SOAS for either a half or full year.  You are able to choose from over 400 modules and can build a unique programme, exploring the range of specialist modules available at SOAS that may not be available at your home institution.  You may pick options within our regional expertise of Africa, Asia and/or the Middle East; one of the over 50 non-European languages taught or courses within our traditional academic disciplines. Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year or half the year, you are not restricted to a Study Abroad ‘Track,’ to one specific Faculty, or to one specific department. You can choose modules from across SOAS.

Please note that all available modules are subject to change and some may have restrictions on class numbers. 

For more information on particular modules, please contact the Module Convenor (found on the individual module webpage).

Departments and available modules

Most of the modules taught at SOAS are available for Study Abroad/Exchange Students.  

  • Independent study projects, dissertations and extended essays are not suitable for Study Abroad/Exchange students.
  • Language modules are found in the regional departments: South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea, Near and Middle East

You can view the list of modules by clicking through the links below. Please be sure to check multiple links as certain topics (e.g. Buddhism) will be found across many different departments. If there is an asterisk (*) next to one of the departments, modules that are not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students or have any restrictions will be listed underneath.

Africa*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Black Urban Studies (151230001) - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as administered by NYU London

Anthropology and Sociology*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World (15PANC012)
  • Anthropology of Development (15PANC090)
  • Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (15PANC098)
  • Comparative Media Studies (15PANC009)
  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture (15PANC073)
  • Cultural Understandings of Health (15PANC093)
  • Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food (15PANH045)
  • Directed Practical Study in Anthropology of Tourism (15PANH060)
  • Ethnographic Research Methods (15PANH002)
  • Media Production Skills (15PANH050)
  • Research Methods in Anthropology (15PANC011)
  • The Anthropology of Food (15PANC013)
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology (15PANC008)

For other Anthropology UG and PG modules, please contact Admissions Tutor Caroline Osella to discuss suitability.

History of Art and Archaeology

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

China and Inner Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy*

Postgraduate Modules

  • Applied Energy and Climate Studies (15PFFH007)
  • General Diplomatic Studies (15PFFC001)
  • Global Public Policy (15PFFH004)
  • Project Management (15PFFH005)
Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

Postgraduate Modules

Development Studies*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Critical Reasoning (151010046) - only 30 places available on this module
  • Development Communications (151010044) - only 25 places available on this module
  • Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change (15PDSH048) - only 25 places available on this module
  • Key Thinkers and Theories in Development (151010049) - only 30 places available on this module
  • Political Economy of Development (15PDSC002) - only open to full year students
Economics*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Econometrics (153400103) - only available to full year students
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400120) - only open to full year students
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400121) - only available to full year students
  • African Economic Development I and II (15PECC057 and 15PECC058)
  • Economic Development and Financial Systems (15PECC056)
  • Economic Development in South Asia a) the macroeconomy (15PECC060)
  • Economic Development in South Asia b) Major sectors and the International Economy (15PECC061)
  • Economic Issues of the Environment and Development (15PECC055)
  • Macroeconomic Theories and Techniques (15PECC062)
  • Microeconomic Theory and Techniques (15PECC054)
  • Quantitative Methods I (15PECC008), Quantitative Methods II (15PECC045)
  • Research Methods I (15PECC040)
  • Research Methods in Political Economy I and II (15PECC052 and 15PECC053)
  • Themes and Approaches in the Political Economy of Institutions (15PECC059)
English

Undergraduate Modules

Financial and Management Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Film Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Gender Studies

Postgraduate Modules

History*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Islam and the West (151230006) - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as administered by NYU London
  • H300 modules - capped at 15; registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • H400 modules - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students (Dissertation/Independent Study Project modules)
International Studies and Diplomacy

Postgraduate Modules

Japan and Korea*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (155901214) - half unit; taught across full year and only open to full-year students
  • Korean-English-Korean Translation (155901276) - not suitable for native Korean speakers
Law*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Students are not eligible to take LLM modules without an undergraduate or first degree in Law.  Otherwise, may be eligible for MA Law courses.

Linguistics*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Field Methods (15PLIC019)
Media Studies

Postgraduate Modules

Music*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Composition (155800082) - Students must provide Convenor with examples of composition work, either a score or audio file
  • Introduction to Music Analysis (155800070) - Students will be required to take a placement test in week 1 of teaching
  • Performance 1A (15580061), Performance 1B (15580062) - Students must get approval from Dr Nick Gray or Dr Lucy Durán
  • Performance (15PMUC002)
  • Performance as Research (15PMUC008)
  • Analysing World Music (15PMUH004) - By permission of Convenor only
  • Sound Recording and Production (15PMSH025)
Near and Middle East

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Politics and International Studies*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

  • Government and Politics of the Middle East (153400060)
  • Introduction to International Relations (153400085)
  • Key Debates on Neoliberalism (153402003)
  • Islam and Political Ideologies (15PPOH007)
  • Politics of Resistance in the Middle East (15PPOH010)
  • Political Violence (15PPOH009)
South Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

South East Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Study of Religions

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Please click on the links above for further information about each module. The module page gives further information on the module: units (1.0 or 0.5); when it is offered (full year, Term 1 or Term 2); who is teaching the module (see the link on the right-hand side of the page) and will provide further details as to the content of the module. Some modules require pre-requisite coursework.  In order to take one of these modules, you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar module to the pre-requisite at your home institution. 

All language modules are taught over one year.  Therefore, if you start in January and wish to take a language, then you must have prior knowledge of the language. The half unit courses are normally not language acquisition courses, but language use i.e. literature, drama.

Module length and credit

We offer both full year modules (1 unit) and half year modules (0.5 unit).  Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year, Term 1 (Autumn semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring semester), you are welcome to enrol in either full year or half year modules.

How many modules should I choose?

The Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed to host undergraduate and postgraduate students who will take a full module load: 

  • Undergraduate: 4 units if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3
  • Postgraduate: 3 units if full year, 3 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3
  • Note: Postgraduate modules have letters in the code; undergraduate modules have only numbers

Any student on a Tier 4 visa is required to be enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies.  Students not on Tier 4 visas can request to be enrolled less than full-time but must receive explicit approval from their home institution and the Study Abroad Office at SOAS. 

Can I join a full year module if I’m only coming for a half year?

Yes! Study Abroad/Exchange students may join a full year module and only stay for Term 1, or may join during Term 2. You will only be assessed on the material covered while you are at SOAS, and are therefore eligible to take the first half or second half of a full year module.If you are joining in January, and would like to take a language, you will need prior knowledge of that language to join a full year module, half way through the year. 

Non Study Abroad/Exchange Study Options

Our Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed for undergraduate and Masters level students to come to SOAS and take a full module load.  

  • If you are interested in only taking 1 or 2 courses at SOAS, you should apply as an Associate Student
  • If you are interested in coming to SOAS as a visiting PhD student, you should apply as a Visiting Research Student.  
  • Unfortunately SOAS does not currently participate in the Student Mobility for Placements (work/training programs) aspect of Erasmus+ Key Action 1. This means that we cannot accommodate any Internships and Traineeships at present.  

Please see our Study at SOAS page for a range of non Study Abroad/Exchange options at SOAS including undergraduate study, postgraduate study, distance learning, foundation courses and summer school.