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Why Choose SOAS?

Think Beyond Borders

SOAS Campaign - Beyond Borders

In order to change the world, you need to understand it. SOAS researchers and graduates influence government policy and the lives of individuals all over the globe. Our specialised programmes give you the skills to understand and engage with social and political complexity, to critique conventional modes of thinking, and to challenge the status quo.

For example, you could:

  • Understand the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas in the world today

By studying BA Politics or MSc International Politics. Analyse real world political situations in order to understand contemporary geopolitics and political developments.

  • Prepare for a global career in management

With a degree in International Management. Get a strong grounding in management theory while gaining an in-depth knowledge of a culture and language that will be a huge an asset in the world of commerce and international trade.

  • Get to grips with contemporary issues in the developing world

Through our distinctive BSc Development Economics and MSc Development Economics programmes. Engage with complex issues such as banking, foreign trade and investment and their impact on developing countries.

  • Reach the heart of world affairs

Through our BA International Relations and MA International Studies and Diplomacy degrees, studying global power relations, and exploring the ways in which economics, culture, identity and ideas play into world politics.

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Meet the world at SOAS

Join us on an Undergraduate Open Day or Postgraduate Open Evening to find out more.

Broaden your horizons

Over 40% of our undergraduate degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad, experiencing a different culture first-hand. In 2012/13 our first cohort of SOAS students attended An-Najah National University, in Nablus, for their year abroad. 

Graduation from Year Abroad in Nablus
A special ceremony marks a year of study by SOAS BA Arabic students at An-Najah National University, in Nablus

The eight students, all from the BA Arabic programme, studied Arabic at the Palestinian university and lived in Nablus. This city of 130,000 residents in the West Bank, lies approximately 30 miles north of Jerusalem and has a history stretching back almost 2,000 years, it is an ancient commercial and cultural centre. Third year student Lara Allen-Mepham said: “The mixture of dedicated teaching, and hard-work put into making the program work, combined with living in the seclusion of Nablus makes for a special year, out of the usual practices that we are accustomed to.”

Create global opportunities

Our Careers Service can help you to develop the skills to get noticed and provide you with opportunities to meet some of the world’s top employers.

Lingesh Thayala graduated from SOAS in 2010 with a BSc Economics and now works for Ernst and Young in Malaysia.  He found the diversity of the SOAS community very enriching, challenging his way of thinking, and says he has taken this with him into the workplace. 

Victoria Stephenson graduated from SOAS in 2011 with an MA International Studies and Diplomacy and now works as a Senior Development Manager at UNICEF. Victoria is in no doubt that her time at SOAS enhanced her communication and negotiation skills as well as developing excellent writing skills and a sound knowledge of international law and human rights law.

Make a difference

Liberian-born US resident Robtel Pailey is a doctoral student at SOAS and recently was named one of the world’s most influential young foreign policy makers. Her book for children, Gbagba, aims to fight corruption and increase literacy in her home country and has been welcomed by Liberia’s Ministry of Education.  Robtel has already made an impact through her earlier campaign to make Liberia’s international scholarships system merit-based, transparent and gender-balanced.

Robtel Pailey with book and kids
Robtel Neajai Pailey presenting her book, Gbagba, to children in Liberia
*Poster image of prayer flags by Rosalind Cheetham, BA Chinese Studies