International Foundation Programme (ICC)

Each year our students apply for undergraduate study through UCAS and receive offers from a range of universities, both in London and further afield. Last year our students received offers from over 20 different universities and 6 in the top 10, according to the Times Higher Education university Ranking 2023

Our students progress to a range of social science, arts and humanities and business/finance-related programmes. Popular subject areas include Law, Politics and International Relations, Development Studies, Economics, Management, Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, History of Art and Media and Creative Industries. 

Over the last two years, our students have progressed to many different universities, with the majority staying within the University of London. Below are examples for our students’ recent undergraduate destinations: 

University of London 

SOAS University of London 

  • BSc Accounting and Finance 
  • BA East Asian Studies 
  • BSc Economics 
  • BA History 
  • BA International Relations 
  • BA International Relations and Law 
  • BA Languages and Cultures and World Philosophies 
  • LLB Law 
  • BSc Management 
  • BA Politics and Economics 
  • BA Politics and Global Development 
  • BA Social Anthropology 
  • BA Social Anthropology and Japanese 

Courtauld Institute 

  • BA History of Art 


  • BSc Management and Entrepreneurship 
  • BA History of Art 

King’s College London 

BA War Studies and History 

BA Culture, Media and Creative Industries 

LSE, University of London 

  • BSc Politics and International Relations 

Queen Mary, University of London 

  • BA Modern Languages 

Outside University of London 


  • BSc Sociology 


  • BSc Accounting and Finance 

University of the Arts 

  • BSc Fashion Management 


  • BSc Management 


  • BA Business Management (Marketing) 


  • 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 following is the full list of FDPS student destinations in 2019:

University of London


  • 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


  • 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


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

Outside University of London


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

Imperial College London

  • MSc Environmental Technology

Inchbald School of Design

  • Dipl Interior Design


  • MA Marketing and Advertising


  • MSc Marketing

Queen’s University Belfast

  • MSc International Business


  • MSc Accounting and Financial Management


  • MSc East Asian Business


  • MSc Operational Research and Finance


  • MSc Business Analytics


  • 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


  • MSc Programme and Project Management


  • 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):


  • 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


  • MSc Business and Management


  • Msc Climate Change

Cass Business School, City University of London

  • MSc Management


  • MSc Management (Finance)

East Anglia

  • MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Hult Business School Boston

  • MA International Business Management

Istanbul Bilgi University

  • MA Marketing


  • MSc Management

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • MSc Public Health

Queen Mary University of London

  • MSc Marketing


  • 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:


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


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


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


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


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