SOAS University of London


Taught Masters application

You can apply for a taught Masters programme, the Graduate Diploma in Economics 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

Due to the current situation, the deadline to apply for study in 2020 has been extended until 1 September 2020. 

Most Masters programmes start on 28 September 2020. Programmes which require preparatory courses will start on an earlier dates; see below:

  • MSc Finance and Financial Law and MSc Finance will start on 07 September 2020
  • MSc Economics programmes will start on 07 September 2020
  • MA Law programmes will start on 14 September 2020

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5 week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 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 equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he 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.

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas 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, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.
Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or 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.

Students 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