SOAS University of London


Accepting/Deferring/Declining offer

  • I want to accept my offer, do I need to pay a deposit?

    Yes, once you accept your offer, in order to secure your place, you will need to pay a deposit. Overseas fee paying applicants for any postgraduate programme pay £2,000. Master’s offer holders paying Home fees pay £1,000. MPhil and PhD candidates paying home fees pay £500. This payment will be held against your tuition fees.

  • I want to reply to my offer. What do I do? Will I receive an acknowledgment?

    You must reply to our offer online via the submit your reply link in your offer letter.  If you are accepting your offer you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit to secure your place.

    Kindly note that if you confirm your acceptance or decline by email, you must also confirm it online via the application system.

    We will not email any acknowledgment at this stage, however if you want to be certain that your online reply has been logged, please email for confirmation.

  • I am considering deferring my place. How may I do so? Do I have to resubmit an application?

    If you wish to defer your place to the following academic year then please make your request in writing to stating the reason(s) why you wish to defer.

    Deferral requests are considered for the following academic year only. If you cannot attend you will need to submit a fresh application. First deferrals are normally approved but are not guaranteed.

    There is no need to submit a new application when requesting a deferral but you might be asked to provide updated information such as a new, statement, or evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant).

    Once a deferral request has been approved the admissions team will process a new offer letter for the following year only after the current enrolment session has been completed.

    Please note that course options are subject to changes and you will need to refer to the SOAS website to check what courses will be on offer for the next academic year. The updated course list will be available by August each year.

  • I have received an offer and have accepted my place. Do I need to do anything else?

    If you have accepted an unconditional offer, there is nothing else to do.  Those requiring a student visa will need to submit a CAS request. If you have a conditional offer, you must provide us with evidence to meet the condition(s) set in your offer letter. 

    Enrolment information will be sent in August/ Beginning of  September. In the meantime, you can refer to the welcome week page