SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Doctoral School Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the SOAS research ethics guidelines?

    Students are likely to have to go through an ethical review before starting fieldwork. It is a checking and approval process at the Department (or possibly School) level, which is not dependent on training attendance. Always remember to discuss with your supervisor.

    You can find the relevant Fieldwork form on PhD Manager.

    Also see the Research Ethics Policies and Procedures site

  • What are the SOAS travel insurance details for fieldwork?

    Please note that students going on fieldwork must read the information on the website concerning Insurance Cover and refer to PhD Manager to obtain the requisite Fieldwork Application Form and further Guidance information

  • How do I create an online profile?

    For a complete CV-style web presence with all activities, interests, presentations, and publications that you can maintain yourself, you could use one of a free web service e.g. or create your own website.

    Adding journal articles, book chapters, blogs, conference papers etc to SOAS Research Online will help you to increase visibility of your research and track its usage.

    Once you have submitted the final version of your thesis, please contact your academic department about having the details added to a list of recently completed PhD theses on their website.


  • Is there a style guide for my thesis?

    SOAS does not have a standard 'template' for formatting a thesis and candidates should discuss discipline-specific guidelines with their supervisor.

    Please read the regulations and guidance on the Examinations area of the website for full details including the Binding Notes.

    It may also be helpful to look at recent theses in the SOAS e-repository.

  • Can PhD students get business cards?

    SOAS does not print business cards for PhD students.