SOAS University of London

Enrolment for new students

Enrolment for new postgraduate research students

Enrolment is essential in becoming a student at SOAS, University of London.  Once your accept an unconditional offer, we will send you all the information you need in preparation for Welcome Week from August onwards.

This page is for new postgraduate research students. There are separate pages for new taught students, and for returning postgraduate research students.

Watch our Enrolment Video for an overview of what you will need to do to enrol

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SOAS Enrolment Video

 

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Online registration

Online registration is now open for new students. Once you have received your login details you should complete online registration by logging in to Online Student Services.

We will email you with your login details, but before we send you this email you must have accepted an unconditional offer of your place.  Once you have done this we will transfer your records to the enrolment system and create your IT Account. 

If you don’t get this email within 10 working days of accepting your unconditional place (after 19th August), please email doctoralschool@soas.ac.uk, to let us know and we’ll check your current situation on our records.
When you log on to complete online registration, please make sure you complete the following steps:

When you log on to complete online registration, please make sure you complete these sections:

  • Confirm my Details
  • Upload a photo
  • Career Aspirations
  • Pay Fees

We will email you full details on how to complete these sections in the lead up to Welcome Week. Full details will be available on the Online Registration section of this site once the online registration system is available.

Enrolling in person

You have to finish enrolling in person during Welcome Week – the first week of the academic year. Without this final step, you won’t officially be a SOAS student, and you won’t be able to get student discounts or official letters from us.

Where and when do I enrol?

Come to room S118 in the Paul Webley Wing, also known as Senate House North Block.  You can find a map of SOAS buildings on SOAS campus maps.

We allocate the sessions by surname – as you can see in the table below. Coming to the right session will help cut down your waiting time.

If you can’t make your allocated session, we have an Open Enrolment session on Friday, but you might have to wait longer than usual.

Students Date and time
Surname A - F  Monday 25th September, 9.30am - 11.30am
Surname G - L  Monday 25th September, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Surname M - P  Monday 25th September, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Surname Q - Z  Monday 25th September, 3.00pm - 4.30pm
Open Enrolment  Friday 29th September, 10am - 3.00pm

What if I can’t come in to finish enrolment during Welcome Week?

We strongly recommend that you come during your allotted enrolment slot.

If you can’t make it – with good reason – you will have to attend late enrolment at the Doctoral School (53 Gordon Square).  

More information can be found in the late enrolment section below.

Essential documents

To enrol, you will need original versions of the following documents. We cannot enrol you without these:

EEA students
  • Passport or EU Nationality Card; or UK Full Driving Licence - If you don’t hold any of these, we might accept other forms of photo ID. Please ask to see the Doctoral School Manager when you arrive in room S118, who will let you know whether your alternatives are acceptable; 
  • Evidence that you have paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - you should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during Welcome Week; and
  • a copy of the email we will send confirming your enrolment session.
Non-EEA students (who made a visa application within the UK)
  • Passport; and
  • Visa (either within your passport or a biometric card); 
  • Evidence that you have paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - you should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during Welcome Week; and
  • a copy of the email we will send confirming your enrolment session.
Non-EEA students (who made a visa application outside of the UK)
  • Passport; and
  • Visa (either within your passport or a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)); and
  • Visa Approval Letter (which is provided by the UKVI confirming your visa and details for collection of your BRP); 
  • Evidence that you have paid your fees, or evidence of your sponsorship - you should pay your fees or give us your loan/sponsorship details before or during Welcome Week; and
  • a copy of the email we will send confirming your enrolment session.

 

You will have been provided with a temporary visa in your passport and you must collect your permanent Biometric Residence Permit on arrival from the Post Office listed on your Visa approval letter. 

You will be able to enrol with the temporary visa, but we must see your Biometric Residence Permit before your temporary visa expires, which will involve returning to the enrolment hall during Welcome Week (room S118) or attending the Doctoral School, 53 Gordon Square (from Monday 2nd October) with this Permit as soon as you have collected it.  We therefore strongly advise that you collect your Biometric Card before you attend your enrolment session if at all possible, to avoid having to return before your temporary visa expires. 

 

If you are in the process of applying for a visa, we will need to see the following instead:

  • A photocopy of the photo page of your passport; and
  • A photocopy of your current/previous visa; 
  • A copy of your visa application - it should clearly show the type of visa you have applied for. And if it is for a Tier 4 Student Visa, we’ll need to see your CAS number and confirmation of our sponsorship. (We suggest you print off and bring the whole visa application document you submitted to the UKVI to ensure we have the evidence we need.); and
  • a copy of the email we will send confirming your enrolment session.

 

What if I don’t complete enrolment?

Every student needs to be enrolled to study with us. If you do not complete the enrolment process at the start of the year – and you haven’t been given permission to defer your studies – we will have to cancel your studies.

If you fail to enrol and you need a visa to remain in the UK, we are legally obliged to let UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) know. For you that could mean having your visa curtailed and having to leave the UK.

If you have any worries about completing enrolment, you can contact us through the online Student Information Desk (SID), once you have been given your IT Account details.  You will need to Request a Service and then select the category of Enrolment and the Request of "Enrolment Query".

Late enrolment

If you are unable to enrol in person during the first week of term, we have the following late enrolment allocations at 53 Gordon Square.

Please make sure you bring all the essential documents with you.

We’ll also ask you to sign a declaration accepting the risk and responsibility for catching up on missed work.

Monday 2 October - Friday 6 October

Room GS305 (53 Gordon Square) between 10am and 4pm

Monday 9 October – Friday 13 October

To enrol this week, you will need written approval from the Doctoral School.  Once you have this permission, come to room GS305 to enrol between 10am and 4pm.

There is no other opportunity, under any circumstances, for late enrolment after 13 October 2017.

If you cannot attend enrolment by this date, your only option is to request a deferral of your offer to the next academic year.

January or April starters

If you’re joining us in January or April, you will need to complete online registration and enrol in person during the first week of term by coming to the Doctoral School Section in Gordon Square.

The Doctoral School will send you all of the enrolment information in advance of your programme starting.  If you don't receive this, please contact us:

Please read the list of essential documents to make sure you have everything you need.