Information for prospective students from Pakistan

Students from Pakistan

We have gathered specific information for Pakistani students interested in studying at SOAS.

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4700

If you would like to contact Durgha Ramji, our International Recruitment and Conversion Manager for South Asia, please email her directly at

SOAS staff travel regularly overseas to meet with students who are interested in studying at SOAS. More information can be found in our listings for events in your country.

Minimum entry requirements

These are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits with your academic qualifications, personal statement and your references all being considered carefully.

Undergraduate study

Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered in the same way as UK applicants. Please refer to the undergraduate entry requirements for the minimum grades required for each subject.

The Pakistan High School leaving certificate is not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. However, the International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities.

Details can be found at IFCELS.

Applications from students who have already completed a BA or BComm from a university in Pakistan will also be welcome; they should have gained at least a Division I (60% or above).

See how to apply at SOAS, more information on the subject is available on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.

Postgraduate study

Four Year Bachelor Degree from the following institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.0 or 60%

Three Year Bachelor Degree followed by 1 Year Master's Degree from the following institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.0 or 60%

Two Year Bachelor Degree followed by 2 Year Master's Degree from the following institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.0 or 60%

Pakistan Institute of Engineering Sciences - Aga Khan University - Quaid-I-Azam University - National University of Sciences & Technology - Lahore University of Management Sciences - COMSATS - University of Karachi - University of the Punjab - University of Agriculture - University of Engineering & Technology - Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University - University of Health Sciences - University of Sindh - University of Peshawar - Lahore School of Economics

Four Year Bachelor Degree from any other NARIC/HEC approved institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.3 or 65%

Three Year Bachelor Degree followed by 1 Year Master's Degree from any other NARIC/HEC approved institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.3 or 65%

Two Year Bachelor Degree followed by 2 Year Master's Degree from any other NARIC/HEC approved institutions with a minimum First Division or CGPA 3.3 or 65%

In addition, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate entry requirements, which may have additional requirements.

Applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes should have an excellent master’s degree, preferably from a UK university. Any other application will need to make a strong case and secure the approval of the Associate Dean for Research.

English language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must show that their level of English is sufficient to follow an academic programme in English. There is more information about English language requirements.

For those students who do not quite meet the entry requirements, SOAS pre-sessional courses so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.

Foundation courses

Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre.

Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.

In-country representatives

SOAS works with the following educational representatives in Pakistan, many of whom have offices in the main cities. Please contact them directly for more information about applying to SOAS.

If you have any comments about these representatives, please contact Alberto Demo:


SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students, including the International Postgraduate Scholarship, which is for all full-time Masters students from Pakistan. There are also a number of scholarsips provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations. 

For a full list of these scholarships, please see scholarships and bursaries.


If you would like to ask an alumnus/a of SOAS any questions then you can contact alumni from Pakistan who would be happy to advise you. Please visit SOAS alumni for contact details.

Useful links

  • The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. This site provides information about the Council’s activities in over one hundred countries worldwide.
  • Education UK is produced by the British Council offers a wealth of advice and information for international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification.
  • UK Council for International Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and immigration.
  • UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.
  • For official information on visas and immigration consult the UKVI website.