SOAS University of London

Research Degrees

Research admissions and applications

We welcome applications from qualified students holding a good Master’s level degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject for research degrees at SOAS. Applications should be submitted online.

It is important to apply well before the start of the academic year in which you wish to enrol to allow us time to process your application. If you are applying for scholarships, earlier deadlines may apply. 

The SOAS PhD programme is competitive and applicants should have a track record of high academic achievement and a viable proposal which will contribute to the research interests of the Department. Note that we discourage purely speculative applications. Applications for interdisciplinary research are welcome, but only one application to one Department may be submitted.

Making an application

Applicants must complete the online application form; please first read our How to apply guidelines.

Getting in touch

All queries regarding an application must come directly from the applicant. We are unable to discuss your application with a third party (with exception of SOAS Approved Agencies if they have submitted the application on your behalf and are thus identified on your application).

You must have one of the following identifiers available when contacting Doctoral School Admissions regarding your application:  

  1. application PIN number (if you have not yet submitted your application),
  2. or application ID (if you have submitted).
Application PIN number

This is the unique number you receive when you create your application, which allows you to log into your application account. This will be a mix of numbers and letters.

Application ID

This is the unique 7 or 8 -digit number you receive when you submit your application for consideration.

Email correspondence

Please ensure one of your application identifiers are included in the subject line of any email correspondence you send us.

All emails must be sent from the email address attached to your application. This helps us identify your application in the online system.

Phone queries

Please ensure you have one of these application identifiers to hand as this will be requested by the Admissions team.

Further information on contacting Doctoral School Admissions can be found on the Doctoral School staff page of the SOAS website.

Further information

For any further information please email