SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

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 majority of departments offering a research degree at SOAS only have one entry point each academic year, which is in September. Currently the only exception to this is the School of Finance and Management which has three entry points, in September, January and April. Visiting Research Students also have three entry points. 

Deadlines for applications

The School's deadlines for receipt of a complete application (including submission of supporting documentation and confidential references) are as follows:

  • January Entry Applications – 12th October (School of Finance and Management and VRS applications only)
  • April Entry Applications – 31st January (School of Finance and Management and VRS applications only)
  • September Entry Applications - 30 June (ALL Departments and VRS applications)

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. Please note: 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 refer to the How to Apply guidelines.

Further information

For any further information please email