SOAS University of London


Taught Masters application

You can apply for a taught Masters programme and certificate programmes via the online application form

You are encouraged to read the Guidance notes on how to apply for a taught Masters programmes, Certificates and Diplomas (pdf; 138kb) thoroughly before submitting your application.

Candidates who are interested in applying for a research degree should refer to the research degree application page.

Application deadline

Application period for admissions open on 3 November 2021. The deadline to apply for a taught masters programme is 31 July 2022.

Most Masters programmes started on 27 September 2021. Programmes which require preparatory courses started on an earlier dates:

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 4 week time frame. Applicants who require a student visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Entry requirements for taught Masters

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or international equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field they may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme.

Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

International students who are unable to meet the Academic or English requirements for post graduate studies at SOAS, should consider our specifically designed programmes at IFCELS which could help you achieve your goals.

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require international students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.
Full details available at English language requirements.

Consideration of application

The whole application is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including a transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or for instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Source of funds

Application for funding (including applications for SOAS funds) is a separate process from application for a place on a programme of study at the School.

It is important that you state on your application for a place your proposed source of funds. If you are intending to apply for funding from British Research Councils, the Arts and Humanities Research Council or the School it is advisable to submit your application for a postgraduate place at the School as early as possible, preferably by the end of January, but no later than four weeks before the relevant funding application closing date(s). The final dates for applications to reach funding bodies can be as early as the end of March.

Applicants from overseas are advised to make arrangements for the transfer of money to this country well before they leave home otherwise they may find themselves with insufficient money for support or to pay fees on arrival.

Applicants should note that no student will be permitted to enrol, attend classes or receive supervision until the tuition fees for the whole academic year have been paid in full or there is a guarantee of payment from a sponsoring agency found acceptable to the School.

Any queries about the Masters application process should be addressed to