SOAS University of London

Simon Perfect

I wanted to be able to study in detail several diverse religious traditions side-by-side, from sociological and historical perspectives as well as theological. The SOAS course has proved ideal in this.

I chose to study at SOAS because the Study of Religions postgraduate course offered exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to be able to study in detail several diverse religious traditions side-by-side, from sociological and historical perspectives as well as theological. The SOAS course has proved ideal in this. Having focused largely in my undergraduate degree on European history, studying religious traditions from other parts of the world has been both challenging and enlightening. Teasing out tough topics with friends over a drink in the bar has been fun.The MA course has been incredibly formative for my academic thinking and personal beliefs. It has inspired me to continue researching the place of religion in contemporary Britain.

The Religious Studies department offers the perfect combination of unparalleled breadth of modules with excellent teaching by leading academics. Throughout the year, in addition to my three formal modules I attended a lecture course on theoretical issues in the field. This gave me a great overview in twentieth century philosophical approaches to religion. I was sad not to have had time to sit in more courses!

SOAS is truly cosmopolitan. It has been a pleasure to meet and learn from people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. During my time at SOAS my friends introduced me to the world of Bollywood movies! Before watching the first one I was assured that it would be an emotional rollercoaster. I was sceptical, but was proved wrong. I am now quite a fan.