SOAS University of London

About SOAS

About SOAS University of London

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SOAS features strongly in QS World Rankings 2022

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

SOAS is a remarkable institution. With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. Our programmes are taught by respected academics engaged in fieldwork and research which influences government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe. SOAS scholars grapple with the pressing issues confronting two-thirds of humankind today: democracy, development, economy, finance, public and corporate policy, human rights, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change.

SOAS University of London at a glance:

  • 5,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on campus

  • 3,000+ students registered on distance and online programmes
  • 300+ academics provide the largest concentration of specialist staff engaged in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • 200+ undergraduate degree combinations; 200+ postgraduate programmes (taught and distance learning) with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance

  • One of only five National Research Libraries in the UK; 1.5 million volumes, periodicals and audio-visual materials in 400 languages, focusing on Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • 55:45 ratio of undergraduates to postgraduates
  • 24% mature students

  • 87% of students found staff good at explaining things and their course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2020)
  • Top 25 in the UK in the World Reputation Rankings 2021 (Times Higher Education)

  • In the top 60 in the World and 12th in UK for Arts and Humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022)

  • First in UK and fifth in the world for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 'Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions' (THE Impact Rankings 2020)

  • SOAS rose 17 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 national rankings to 33rd in UK