Study Religion and Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Religions and Philosophies. At SOAS you can study a wider range of religious and philosophical traditions in more depth than any other programme in the field, anywhere in the world.

Our courses bring to light the most contemporary thought and understanding related to religious beliefs and philosophical thought and how they have come to bear on all aspects of the world today.

Study of Religions graduates leave SOAS with an important knowledge and understanding of peoples’ different culture, history and beliefs concerning fundamental issues.  Graduates are also equipped with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and public sectors. These include; the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources, analytical skills to assess critically the materials relevant to a specific issue, written and oral communication skills to present, discuss and debate opinions and conclusions, and problem solving skills.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

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Ranked 5th in the UK and 19th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2018

“It’s all open to one’s interpretation and that is a real beauty in studying religions” Read more

Graduate Destinations

Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Examples are given from the past two years destinations.
  • Baobab Centre
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Clarion Communications Shi’ah Institute
  • Edelman St Luke’s Hospice
  • Faversham House Group
  • The Inter Faith Network for the UK
  • King’s College Hospital
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 44%
In study 38%
Other 19%

SOAS alumni around the world

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