Doctoral School

A vibrant intellectual culture

As a PhD student at SOAS you will be joining a research community of doctoral researchers from across the globe.

You will also play a vital role in developing our vibrant intellectual culture


World-class research facilities

The Doctoral School has access to world-class research facilities of the highest quality, including:

  • comprehensive programme of research training and skills development, fully recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Work and social spaces dedicated to doctoral researchers
  • Highly experienced and research active staff who will act as your supervisors
  • Integrated training programmes and a dedicated Careers Adviser for Research Students are available to provide guidance and advice when you need it
  • Research partnerships with CHASE and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network – enabling you to access training at other institutions and build your research network
  • Opportunities to publish your work through our student-led journal SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, funding for you to present your work at a conference and complete a period of overseas fieldwork
  • The outstanding SOAS Library, one of the world's most important academic libraries, attracting scholars from across the globe
  • The opportunity to gain a Learning Teaching and Development Higher Education Certificate as part of your professional development
  • The Research Students Association (RSA) – a highly active community of research students who organise social and academic events and who advocate for the academic and wellbeing needs of research students

The Doctoral School administration is available to provide assistance to research students, applicants and potential research students, research alumni, and members of staff involved in research degrees.

Contact us

Current students

If you are a current student and would like to book a  Department and Student Support- Virtual meeting (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-12 noon), please do so by clicking the link or alternatively call 0207 074 5070 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:00am-4:00pm)

To request Student status letters, please contact the Student Information Desk

Prospective students