SOAS University of London

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 research in film and media has been ranked in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, with more than a third of our research publications assessed as 4* (world-leading).
  • Our staff regularly appear in the media as guests and commentators on diverse contemporary issues.