SOAS University of London


Undergraduate application

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

When do I apply?

If you are looking to start your degree in September 2022, you will be able to submit your UCAS application from the 8 September 2021.

UK and EU applicants should aim to send in their application by the main closing date of 15 January 2021. International students should apply before the 30 June 2021 deadline.

If you would like to start your degree in 2022 and take a year out beforehand, you can apply by the above deadlines and defer your start date by a year.

How do I apply?

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words you could apply to do the same subject, for example economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Will I be interviewed?

Once UCAS has received your form it is distributed to whichever universities you selected. They will all consider your application and will then notify UCAS of their decision. You will have a variety of responses. At SOAS, for instance, we may make you an offer without an interview, based solely on your application form. Some departments may wish to interview suitable candidates. Whatever the response, be prepared to be patient as the whole process can take some time (see the UCAS Calendar for the timescale and deadlines).

If you need to speak to us about your application please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team ( and remember to state your UCAS Application number (you will be given this by UCAS when it has received and processed your form), and the degree programme(s) you applied for.

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 can be found on our English Language Requirements page.

Deferred Entry

SOAS is happy to consider applicants who wish to take a year out to gain some specific experience or to take part in projects, particularly if relevant to their chosen course and/or career. Some time spent productively overseas, on a Gap project for example, can be a great help for personal development and for the understanding it offers of other cultures.

We would advise you to apply in your final year of school or college and indicate on the UCAS form that you wish to defer (there is a special section for this). If your plans are relevant to your degree choice it would be beneficial to mention them in your personal statement.

Transfer students

If you are interested in transferring from another UK university to SOAS, either to continue the same course at SOAS or to start another course you must do so through UCAS. It is sometimes possible to grant exemptions from part of the course at SOAS in respect of previous study although students are always expected to complete two years of study at the School.

However, each case is looked at individually on a case by case basis. You should give full details when you apply of the modules you have taken at university and the examinations you have passed there. Applicant's are expected to have met the year 1 entry requirement of their chosen programme, along with working towards a 2:1 in thier current studies. 

SOAS does not offer transfer into year 3 or beyond for any our programmes

We would also expect an academic reference from your current university tutor to be included in your UCAS application.

Year 2 entry to the LLB

We will consider applications for transfer direct to the second year of the SOAS LLB from students who are currently studying the first year of LLB programmes at other English or Welsh universities. These applications must be made through UCAS.

Applicants are generally required to meet our standard high school entrance requirements but those who have taken the LNAT test and performed well and/or are working towards at least 2.1 level in their current LLB studies may also be considered. Each case will be considered by the admissions team on an individual basis taking into account all aspects of the application including the personal statement and reference which must be from the current university. The personal statement should include the motivation for transferring.

Students on the University of London External Programme must pass all four papers of the Intermediate examination of the LLB degree. These papers must all be taken on one occasion, and candidates must obtain a total of at least 200 marks overall. Candidates who meet this criterion are not guaranteed admission to the School, as the School considers the whole UCAS application, not just examination results

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