SOAS University of London

A special message from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and its constituent centres send good wishes and a keep well message to all prospective students during this global existential crisis.

We welcome new applications for study in any of the PGT degrees offered in our these centres and we extend a warm welcome to offer holders. We assure all of you that we remain committed to running our programmes and ensuring you complete your studies.

Over the next few months, and while we remain in the grips of the crisis, we will be devising different strategies to ensure that prospective students can achieve their degrees within the timeframe allocated

Facts and figures

The Centre is unique in the world in its focus on media, information and communication in the Global South. It offers an eclectic mix of 3 postgraduate taught degrees and a research degree (PhD) whose non-Eurocentric approach offers fresh directions to examining the contemporary world.


  • Ranked 101-150 in the world for Communications and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by subject 2017)
  • Classes are taught by research active instructors who focus on different aspects of communication, culture, and society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa
  • Excellent teacher:student ratio and personal contact
  • Students study core classes in their chosen MA, and are encouraged to take classes across SOAS to create a unique degree with a regional, topical, or language focus that fits their needs
  • Alumni go onto high profile careers in the media, in NGO and Think Tanks and academic research


  • Our research spans the Middle East, Asia and East Africa and topics, including political communication, digital media and activism, political economy of news media; social movements; migration; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational communities; digital technologies and development and digital cultures in the Global South. Our research students work on a variety of topics including media histories, gender and media, documentary and refugees, conflict and journalism practice, feminist activism, solidarity movements and the media and political communication of non-state actors.

  • Our staff regularly appear in the media as guests and commentators on diverse contemporary issues


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