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Intercollegiate Modules

Intercollegiate students fall into three main categories.

Please Note:

In order to provide a better experience for staff and students SOAS is reorganising its academic structures. We have created 11 new Departments and plan to remove the Faculty layer of administration. 2017/18 is a transitional year in this process. Many processes and procedures will now be organised by your Department rather than by a Faculty, but the offices you need to visit and the staff you speak with will largely remain the same. Our academic regulations will not change until 2018/19, so for a few activities that require special permission you will need to get approval by someone representing the Faculty. Staff in your Department and in the Weston Student Hub will be able to assist you if you are unsure of who to speak to or where to go for assistance. Please speak to them as soon as possible if you have any concerns or questions and they will do their best to help.

Choose from:
  • Joint degree students if you are  studying a degree programme that is jointly delivered by SOAS and another College of the University of London.
  • Incoming intercollegiate students if you are studying an undergraduate or Master's degree programme at another College of the University of London and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at SOAS.
  • Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students if you are already studying a degree programme at SOAS and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at another College of the University of London.

Joint degree students

This is for undergraduate and postgraduate students on a degree programme taught jointly with another University of London college.

Examples of jointly taught degrees include:  
Degree Programme Partner College
BA French and an Asian or African language University College London (Lead College)
BA History of Art (Asia,Africa, Europe) University College London
Enrolment

We will send you all the enrolment information before you start your degree.

Make sure you complete enrolment before you begin your programme at SOAS – and at the latest by the first Wednesday of term – to make sure we can assign you to your tutorial group by Week 2.

Visit SOAS School term dates web page.

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Incoming intercollegiate students

If you are an undergraduate or Master's degree student registered at a participating University of London College, you may be able to take a module at SOAS as part of your degree.

Participating colleges
  • Birkbeck
  • Goldsmiths
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London 
  • School of Advanced Study
Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be currently registered for an undergraduate or master’s degree at a participating University of London College.
  • get academic permission from your home college to study a module at SOAS. And it must form part of your degree programme.
  • get administrative permission from your home college authorising the payment of relevant tuition fees to SOAS.
  • get academic permission from the SOAS Department or Centre where you will be studying a module. Email the appropriate Faculty Office in person for more information.
Application process

Please complete the Application to Study an Intercollegiate Module at SOAS and obtain all three authorising signatures and stamps. Then send the form to the Admissions Department:

SOAS Admissions,
Room G1,
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London, WC1H 0XG

Associate Admissions: associatestudent@soas.ac.uk

Our Admissions team will email you to confirm when your application is complete. We will issue you with a SOAS library card authorisation so that you can pick up your ID card.

Tuition Fees

Fees are charged to your college pro rata at the relevant standard SOAS undergraduate or Master’s fees rate. 

Undergraduate: for a 30 credit module at SOAS your home college will be charged 25% of the standard SOAS Home/EU or Overseas undergraduate tuition fee, a 15 credit module would be charged at 12.5%. 

Taught Master's: for a 30 credit module at SOAS your college will be charged 17% of the standard SOAS Home/EU or Overseas Master's tuition fee, a 15 credit module will be charged at 8.5%.
The tuition fees schedules can be found at Tuition Fees.

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Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students

This is for SOAS undergraduates who want to take a module at another University of London College.

SOAS has in place arrangements to permit undergraduate students, on most programmes, to enroll on a module at another University of London college that is not available at the School and would complement their programme of study.  Please be aware that not all SOAS undergraduate programmes permit intercollegiate study and in some cases additional restrictions on intercollegiate study may apply.

Please note that SOAS postgraduate students are not permitted to take intercollegiate modules at other colleges unless it explicitly forms part of the published programme specification.

Participating colleges
  • Birkbeck
  • Goldsmiths
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London 
Restrictions

Departments/Schools have discretion about approving intercollegiate modules. When applying for intercollegiate study you will need to provide a rationale as to why you wish to take this module and how it will compliment your programme of study.

You cannnot take an intercollegiate module if:

  • your programme specification does not permit intercollegiate modules;
  • your undergraduate tutor does not consider that a proposed module fits with the curriculum of your programme;
  • there is a suitable equivalent offered at SOAS
  • you are in Year 1 of your undergraduate degree programme.
  • it is not listed in your degree title (eg, if your degree is BA Politics, you can only take intercollegiate modules from the politics subject area at the other College). You cannot take an open option module at another College.
  • it is a language module, unless it has been approved under very exceptional circumstances by the relevant Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

You are limited to two full intercollegiate modules (60 credits) during your whole undergraduate degree. And no more than one full module (30 credits) in a year.

There are special requirements for the LLB degree - please ask the Law and Social Sciences Faculty office for more details

Application process

If you want to take an intercollegiate module at another University of London college and your programme structure permits it, you need to:

  • complete SOAS Intercollegiate course application form (out-going) (msword; 77kb) have it authorised by the undergraduate tutor (and relevant Associate Dean for a language module) and submit it to your Faculty office.
  • visit the appropriate University of London College as soon as possible to fill in their intercollegiate form, to make sure you’re enrolled on the module
  • Once the form has been completed by your SOAS tutor and the appropriate University of London College, you must return it to your Faculty Office. This should normally be done before teaching begins.
  • The Faculty will record your study plans and forward the form to Registry.

We’ll then email your SOAS account to confirm approval

Make sure you apply sooner rather than later. Some colleges have an earlier module sign-up deadline than SOAS so the module may fill up quickly.

Make sure you include the module and college name in the Module Sign-up information you submit to your Faculty Office.

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Tuition Fees

Your tuition fee covers your study at both SOAS and the partner college. SOAS will pay the partner college directly.

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Regulations and procedures

Intercollegiate modules are governed by the regulations of the home college where the module is being taken. If you are a SOAS student, you will need to familiarise yourself with the Regulations and procedures of the college where you will be studying.  Students joining us from another college of the University of London, you will need to familiarise yourself with SOAS' Degree Regulations, Policies and Procedures and make sure you understand our rules for submitting coursework and sitting exams.

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Disability and Student Advice and Wellbeing

If you have a disability or Special Learning Difference and need help, please contact our Student Advice and Wellbeing team. It is worth noting that any adjustments you’ve agreed with the disability office at your home college might not apply at SOAS. And vice versa. It’s best to check with the Student Advice and Wellbeing team.

If you are a SOAS student, you will need to contact the disability service at the college where you will be studying as soon as possible if you need any reasonable adjustments or special examination arrangements. It is important to be aware that the arrangements made at the other college may differ from those you have agreed at SOAS.

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