International Foundation Programme (ICC)

Having received offers from more than 25 UK universities (including 13 in the Top 20), our students progressed to 13, both in London and beyond. SOAS received 27 students on 21 different degrees, covering subjects as diverse as Accounting and Finance, Management, Economics, Development Studies, Politics/IR, History, Anthropology, History of Art and World Philosophies. Some went on to degrees with a language/regional/cultural focus including Japanese and East Asian Studies. 12 students took advantage of SOAS’ flexible degree structure to choose two subject degrees, such as Politics and Economics or Social Anthropology and Global Development Studies.

As well as SOAS, students progressed to 5 other University of London institutions, including LSE, KCL and QMUL. In total, more than 80% of our students were placed in the University of London. Outside London, our students also progressed to institutions including Bath, Bristol, Warwick and York.

(The full list of ICC student destinations in 2021 is below (the figure in brackets shows the number of students progressing to that programme):

University of London

SOAS University of London

  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BA East Asian Studies
  • BSc Economics
  • BA Economics and Global Development
  • BA History
  • BA History of Art (Asia, Africa, Europe)
  • BA History of Art (Asia, Africa, Europe)
  • BA International Relations
  • BA International Relations
  • BA International Relations and Law
  • BA Languages and Cultures and World Philosophies
  • LLB Law (3)
  • BA Law and Economics
  • BSC Management
  • BA Politics and Economics (2)
  • BA Politics and International Relations (3)
  • BA Politics and Law
  • BA Social Anthropology (2)
  • BA Social Anthropology and Global Development
  • BA Social Anthropology and Japanese
  • BA World Philosophies

City, University of London

  • BSc International Political Economy
  • BSc Politics

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • BSc Management with Entrepreneurship

King's College London

  • BA Culture, Media & Creative Industries

Queen Mary

  • BA Modern Languages

LSE, University of London

  • BSc Politics and International Relations

Outside University of London

Bristol

  • BSc Sociology

Lancaster

  • BSc Accounting and Finance

University of the Arts

  • BSc Fashion Management

Warwick

  • BSc Management

Westminster:

  • BA Business Management (Marketing)

York

  • BSc Business and Management

Pre-Master's Programme (FDPS)

46 students completed the FDPS programme in June 2019 out of 50 starters and the final grades were excellent all round, with more than half achieving a Merit grade and 65% of students achieving a Merit or a Distinction.

As a result of this fine performance, the students’ destinations are impressive. 17 students out of the 43 who progressed to UK degrees took advantage of the guaranteed conditional offers for FDPS students to secure places at SOAS on 17 different Master’s programmes ranging from Finance to History of Art.

The most popular degrees at SOAS for FDPS students were the Media and Art related programmes offered by the School of Arts. SOAS’ unique global perspective on the media, digital cultures and creative industries makes these very popular with International Students.  Alongside these we offer a range of Art-related Master’s – general and regional, historical and contemporary -  as well as degrees in World Cinemas, Museum Studies and Music .

In total 60% of students could progress to the University of London, and over 90% stayed at SOAS or went on to UK top 50 universities. (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)

The full list of FDPS student destinations in 2019 is below:

University of London

Goldsmiths

  • MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy
  • MA World Theatres

King's College London      

  • MSc Accounting, Accountability & Financial Management
  • MA National Security Studies
  • MA World History & Cultures

Royal Holloway

  • MSc Accounting and Financial Management

SOAS

  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Finance and Financial Law
  • MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries
  • MA Global Digital Cultures
  • MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy (deferred to 2020)
  • MA Global Media and Postnational Communication
  • MA History of Art & Architecture of the Islamic Middle East
  • MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia
  • MA Human Rights Law
  • MSc International Management (China)
  • MSc International Politics
  • MA International Studies and Diplomacy
  • LLM Master of Laws
  • MA Social Anthropology of Development
  • MA Taiwan Studies
  • MSc Violence, Conflict and Development

UCL

  • MSc International Public Policy
  • MSc Project and Enterprise Management
  • MA Publishing

Outside University of London

Bristol

  • MSc Accounting, Finance and Management
  • MSc Social and Cultural Theory

Imperial College London

  • MSc Environmental Technology

Inchbald School of Design

  • Dipl Interior Design

Leeds

  • MA Marketing and Advertising

Loughborough

  • MSc Marketing

Queen’s University Belfast

  • MSc International Business

Reading

  • MSc Accounting and Financial Management

Sheffield

  • MSc East Asian Business

Southampton

  • MSc Operational Research and Finance

Surrey

  • MSc Business Analytics

Sussex

  • MSc Corporate and Financial Risk Management

University of East Anglia

  • MA Business Management
  • MSc International Accounting and Financial Management
  • LLM International Commercial and Business Law

Warwick

  • MSc Programme and Project Management

Westminster

  • MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Enterprise Development

English Language and Academic Studies Programme

Many ELAS students take the programme as a period of study abroad from their home universities, others to develop their career and some to prepare for entry to the IFCELS foundation and pre-master’s programmes.  Some students use ELAS as a way of preparing for direct entry to degree programmes at British universities. Recent ELAS students (2015-19) went on to study the degree programmes below (selected):

SOAS

  • MA History of Asian Art
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MA International Journalisms
  • MSc International Politics
  • MSc International Studies and Diplomacy
  • MSc International Business for Japan
  • MA Iranian Studies
  • MA Islamic Studies
  • MSc Middle East Politics
  • LLM Law
  • MPhil / PhD – Ethnomusicology
  • MPhil / PhD – Korean Studies
  • MPhil / PhD – Islamic Studies
  • Certificate in the Study of Religions
  • Law – Associate Student
  • ICC programme (undergraduate foundation)
  • FDPS programme (pre-masters)

Other universities

Aston

  • MSc Business and Management

Birkbeck

  • Msc Climate Change

Cass Business School, City University of London

  • MSc Management

Durham

  • MSc Management (Finance)

East Anglia

  • MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Hult Business School Boston

  • MA International Business Management

Istanbul Bilgi University

  • MA Marketing

Leeds

  • MSc Management

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • MSc Public Health

Queen Mary University of London

  • MSc Marketing

Southampton

  • MSc Accounting and Finance

Study After FDPS

The FDPS Pre-master’s Diploma is recognised by universities across the UK, and so students completing FDPS progress to postgraduate study at a range of different universities. Last year, students progressed to programmes at over 25 different universities. Over the last three years 75% of  students completing the programme were able to progress to top 30 universities, including SOAS, LSE, UCL, Imperial, Warwick, Durham, St Andrew’s, Edinburgh, and Bristol, and 60% went on to postgraduate study at a college of the University of London.

Progressing to masters study at SOAS

FDPS students are now guaranteed a conditional offer for all Master's programmes at SOAS. Click here to find a full list of postgraduate programmes, eligibility requirements and offer conditions.

Progressing to masters study at other universities

The majority of FDPS students progress to postgraduate study at universities other than SOAS and follow numerous different subjects ranging from Management and Finance, through Development Studies, International Relations and Law, to Media, Anthropology and Linguistics. Here are some examples of the programmes which FDPS students often study in different subject areas:

Business/Management

University Programme
SOAS MSc International Management for China
UCL MSc Technology Entrepreneurship
City MSc Management
Reading MSc Investment Management
Strathclyde MSc International Marketing
Loughborough MSc Transportation Policy and Business Management
Cranfield MSc Air Transport Management
Imperial MSc Computational Management Science
Warwick MBA
KCL MSc Engineering Business Management
RHUL MSc International Human Resource Management
Sheffield MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management

Development Studies

University Programme
SOAS MSc Development Studies
UCL MSc Development Administration and Planning
LSE MSc Development Management
Cambridge MSc Development Studies
Sussex MSc Poverty and Development
Manchester MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management
KCL MSc Conflict, Security and Development
UEA MSc International Social Development

Economics

University Programme
SOAS MSc Development Economics
City MSc Business Economics
Royal Holloway MSc Economics

Education

University Programme
Institute of Education MA Early Years Education
Roehampton MA Education
SOAS MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy

Finance

University Programme
SOAS MSc Finance and Financial Law
LSE MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions
Reading MSc Accounting and Finance
York MSc Mathematical Finance
Glasgow MSc Investment Banking and Finance
QMUL MSc Investment and Finance
City MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance

Law

University Programme
SOAS MA International Law
QMUL LLM Human Rights Law
Southampton LLM Shipping Law
Edinburgh LLM Global Environment and Climate Change Law

Media and Communication

University Programme
SOAS MA Global Media and Postnational Communication
Goldsmiths MA Brands, Communication and Culture
Cardiff MA Journalism, Media and Communications
LSE MA Media and Communications
KCL MA Cultural and Creative Industries

History of Art

University Programme
SOAS MA History of Art/Archaeology
Sussex MA Art History
Goldsmiths MA Contemporary Art Theory
UCL MA History of Art

Anthropology/ Cultural Studies

University Programme
SOAS MA Anthropology of Development
Durham MA Socio-Cultural Anthropology
UAE MA Language and Intercultural Communication
Warwick MA International Cultural Policy and Management
Birkbeck MA Japanese Cultural Studies

Politics/ International Relations

University Programme
SOAS MA International Studies and Diplomacy
KCL MSc Security, Leadership and Society
Bristol MSc International Relations