Applicants who are holding an offer for any of our Postgraduate programmes at SOAS are required to pay a non-refundable deposit against their first year's tuition fee to secure their place. The amount paid is deductible from the tuition fees.
This deposit is payable when you confirm the acceptance of your offer whether the offer is conditional or unconditional.
The deposit is non-refundable in most cases so please refer to the
Deposit refund policy (pdf; 131kb)
and the FAQs before deciding to accept your offer and pay the deposit.
International students applying for a Student visa must pay the deposit or must have been exempt from paying the deposit to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
What is your deposit refund policy?
Please read our Deposit refund policy (pdf; 131kb) when requesting a refund for the deposit.
How much do I have to pay?
Overseas fee paying applicants for any postgraduate programme pay £2,000 regardless of programme or mode of study.
Master’s offer holders paying Home fees pay £1,000. MPhil/PhD offer holders paying Home fees pay £500.
How can I pay the deposit?
You can pay your deposit by clicking on the submit your reply link within your offer letter. This will then take you to the accept and pay webpage.
You can also pay your deposit by bank transfer or by telephone.
Further details on how to pay your deposit.
I would like to pay my deposit by bank transfer, is this possible?
There are several simple but important steps involved with paying by bank transfer.
Step 1. Use the account details below to make your bank transfer. Make sure the
bank transfer request includes your 7-digit applicant ID number or your 6-digit SOAS
student ID number (if available), and SDEP, and if the form allows, your surname,
e.g. 1234567 SDEP Smith or 123456 SDEP Smith.
NatWest Bank plc
Account number: 08622655
Sort code: 56-00-23
Account holder: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Swift number: NWBKGB2L
IBAN: GB77NWBK56002308622655 (International Bank Account number)
Step 2. Then, to allow us to locate your payment, make sure you email us with your bank’s name, the amount you paid, date of transfer, your name, and your application ID number. Send that information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3. We should receive the payment by the deadline date stipulated in your offer letter. Either print off the online bank transfer confirmation or ask your bank to give you proof of the transaction for your records (and in case we need to see proof that you paid).
If you’re paying from a non-UK bank make sure you pay in GBP so we get the
correct amount. If you pay by bank transfer from a non-UK bank, your bank might
charge you extra, so make sure you allow for that. Any discrepancy will need to be
paid with the tuition fees or at enrolment.
Please do not deposit money at a bank branch directly into the School's account as we won’t be able to trace it.
I am paying my deposit by bank transfer, how do I accept my offer?
If you wish to pay your deposit by bank transfer you will need to make your payment first before accepting your offer.
Once you have made your bank transfer please send us a copy of your receipt (to email@example.com), we will then confirm when the payment has been received and inform you to go ahead and accept your offer.
You will not be able to accept your offer until we confirm that we have received the full deposit amount.
Is there a deadline to pay the deposit?
The deadline to accept your offer and pay the deposit will be indicated in your offer letter.
Can I be exempted from paying the deposit?
You will be exempt from paying the deposit if your tuition fees are fully funded by an official sponsor or scholarship, including:
- US Federally funded students
- International students with full government loans
- UK students with Student Loan
- Students with full scholarships (eg, Commonwealth, Chevening)
- International Government sponsored students (eg, Middle East)
Please email evidence of funding, including name and contact details of the approved funding body or a copy of the scholarship letter, to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have applied for a scholarship/sponsorship and my enrolment depends on the decision of my application. Can I have an extended deadline to pay the deposit?
To be granted an extended deadline you must provide evidence that you have applied for a scholarship (e.g. copy of the email or letter from the scholarship provider confirming receipt of your application).
Once acceptable evidence is received, you will have an extended deadline to pay the deposit and accept your offer.
I accepted my offer and paid the deposit in order to secure my place whilst awaiting the outcome of my Scholarship/Sponsorship application. I have not been able to secure funding. Is the deposit refundable?
We will not refund the deposit if your application for funding is unsuccessful and you subsequently decide to withdraw.
I will depend on a loan to finance my studies. I can only apply for the loan 3 months prior to the start of the academic year. Can I have an extended deadline to pay the deposit?
We cannot extend the deadline. If you have not responded and paid the deposit once the deadline has expired your offer will be suspended. However, the offer will remain valid for September entry and can be reinstated at any time once you are able to pay the deposit.
I am relying on a loan to fund my studies. I accepted my offer and paid the deposit to secure my place. Will my deposit be refunded if my loan application is unsuccessful and I have to decline the offer?
We will not refund the deposit if your loan application is unsuccessful and you decline the offer more than 14 days after paying the deposit.
I have accepted my offer and paid the deposit. Am I still able to change my programme or mode of study?
We will consider a request to change programme/mode of study after the deposit has been paid. However, if a place cannot be offered and you decide not to enrol on the programme for which you initially held an offer we will not refund the deposit.
My offer is conditional. What happens if I pay the deposit and accept my place but don’t meet the condition(s) of my offer?
If you accept a conditional offer and pay the deposit then fail to meet any of the condition(s) (either academic, English or both) your deposit will be refunded only if you provide acceptable evidence that you have not met the condition(s) of the offer before the start of the academic year.
We expect students to have allocated sufficient time between paying the deposit to accept their offer and the start of the programme. If you fail to send the evidence required in time the deposit will not be refunded.
I have not met the English Language condition of my offer. Can I get my deposit back?
If the condition of your offer requires you to achieve higher English scores, or provide evidence of English language, you must show that you sat a valid English exam or send acceptable evidence in between paying the deposit and accepting your offer and the start of the course. If you do not retake an English test or show evidence in time for the start of the course you will not receive a refund.
I have accepted my offer and paid the deposit but the module(s) I was interested in taking is no longer running. Can I get a refund?
We will refund the deposit if the module(s) you have selected or intended to study is no longer running and you decline the offer of an alternative option.
How can I have my deposit refunded?
If you have failed to meet the condition(s) of your offer, we will ask you to complete the online Deposit refund form (pdf; 376kb) .
If you request a refund you will need to notify us in writing by emailing email@example.com (include your full name, programme and ID number) and explain the reason why you want your deposit back. You must complete the online refund form. If you are eligible, the Finance department will refund the deposit. Your SOAS offer will be withdrawn.
If I defer my offer after paying the deposit, will I get the deposit refunded?
If your deferral request has been approved the deposit will be rolled over to the next academic cycle. You can only defer once. If you apply to defer for a second year, you will need to reapply and your deposit will not be refunded.
If you wish to defer but you have not paid the deposit your offer will be suspended. Email the Masters Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
My Student visa to study in the UK did not arrive in time to start the programme. Will I get my deposit refunded?
We expect students to have allocated sufficient time between submitting their visa application to the Home Office and the start of the programme.
We will not refund the deposit if you have not allocated enough time to get your visa application processed by the Home Office and start your studies.
My Student visa application has been rejected. Will I get my deposit refunded?
We will refund the deposit
• if your visa is refused due to SOAS entering incorrect information on the CAS
We will not refund the deposit
• if your visa is not granted due to you not following the UKVI guidance and SOAS recommendation
• if you fail to meet the financial criteria
• if you submit incorrect supporting documentation
Refunds will only be granted when a student has been unable to obtain their visa through no fault of their own.
Please note: If you are found to have provided fraudulent documentation in support of your University or UK visa application the refund policy will not apply. In such circumstances any offer from the University will be invalidated and we will notify the UKVI and retain the deposit payment.
I cannot pay the deposit by the deadline. Will I lose my offer?
Your offer will be suspended if you have not responded once the deadline has expired. However, you will not lose your offer. It will remain valid for September entry and can be reinstated at any time once you are able to pay the deposit.
I have paid the deposit, will it be deducted from my overall tuition fee?
Yes, once you pay the deposit, your remaining balance to pay will be your total tuition fee minus the monies paid as your deposit.