SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

As a PhD student at SOAS, you will be fully supported by our Doctoral School administration and you will be joining a research community of doctoral researchers from across the globe and will play a vital role in developing our vibrant and intellectual culture.

You will also benefit from access to world-class research facilities of the highest quality including:

  • A 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.
  • Access to 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.

Contact Us

Current Students - please email to

If you would like to request an enrolment/student status letter, please email the Student Hub on For other letters, please log in to the online Student Information Desk (SID) and choose the category 'Doctoral School'.

Prospective Students - please email to

Alumni and Staff - please email to