SOAS University of London


How to apply

Applications for an undergraduate degree at SOAS are made through UCAS. This includes those wishing to transfer from other universities. Fees applicable.

When do I apply?

Starting your undergraduate degree in September 2022? Applications are accepted from 7 September 2021.

  • 26 January 2022 is the equal consideration deadline and all applications received by this date will be considered equally. 
  • 30 June 2022 is the deadline for applying as a late applicant. After this date, you can only make new applications through Clearing or Adjustment (where we have places available).

How do I apply?

You can apply for up to 5 choices of courses on the UCAS form. You do not have to use up all 5 and the combination of choices should reflect what or where you wish to study. You might pick 5 different courses at the same university or the same course at 5 different universities, the decision is yours.

Will I be interviewed?

Once an application has been submitted, next steps depend on the university who notify UCAS of their decision. At SOAS an offer is made based solely on the UCAS application form, we do not interview candidates.

For further information, please refer to UCAS Undergraduate: When to Apply

What level of English language is required of me?

SOAS students are required to have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively. Overseas students are required to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency. Full details of requirements can be found on the English Language Requirements page.

If you need to defer

If you need to defer your place to the following academic year please make your request in writing to including your 10-digit UCAS ID and stating the reason(s) why you wish to defer. 

In order for a deferral request to be considered, the following requirements need to be met:

  • Your offer must be unconditional firm (UF)
  • Your request must be submitted in the cycle in which you have applied
  • It is your first deferral

First deferrals are normally approved but not guaranteed (please note that we do not accept deferral requests from Clearing applicants). The deadline to request a deferral is 30 September in the cycle in which you have applied.

Please note that deferral requests are only considered for the following academic year only. If you cannot attend in the year you have deferred to, you will need to re-apply through UCAS for your desired year of entry. 

Can I transfer to SOAS?

If you are interested in transferring from another UK university to SOAS, either to continue the same course or to start another course, you must do so through UCAS. Please refer to UCAS's Changing Or Leaving Your Course, which addresses what you will need to consider.

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 university. However, each case is looked at individually. Applicants are expected to have met the year 1 entry requirement of their chosen programme, along with working towards a 2:1 in their current studies. We would also expect an academic reference from your current university tutor to be included in your UCAS application. SOAS does not offer transfer into year 3 or beyond for any of our programmes.

How can I apply to year 2 LLB?

We will consider applications for transfer directly 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.

More information about year LLB requirements can be found on the School of Law's LLB Single Honours page. For further information and advice on admissions at SOAS visit our FAQs section or contact us at