Online and distance learning


Our Online and Distance Learning degrees bring the expertise of SOAS University of London to you, wherever you live or work.

Equal in quality to degrees taught on campus, our qualifications are recognised throughout the world for their high standards. Established over 20 years ago, we have the experience and expertise to deliver specialised programmes designed to meet your professional needs.

  • Learn anywhere in the world.
  • Be in control of your own learning.
  • Get dedicated support from specialist tutors.
  • Connect with others from around the world.
  • Study at your own pace.
  • Only pay for the modules you are enrolled on.

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate applicants will enrol at masters degree level and exit with your chosen award based on the number of credits successfully completed i.e:

  • Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of 120 credits

How to apply

You can apply for an Online and Distance Learning programme via the 'Apply now' button on each course page. 

  1. Submit the online application form
  2. If successful, you will be offered a conditional place on the basis of the submission of your supporting documentation.
  3. You submit your supporting documentation to verify your qualifications — this information can also be submitted at the time of application.
  4. Once verified, you will be offered an unconditional place on the programme.

We aim to assess your application and respond within 10 working days.

Key dates

Our Online and Distance Learning programmes have different subject timetables. Please review the relevant Centre/Department of study for more information. 

The first table shows key dates for the Centre for Development, Environment & Policy (CeDEP), Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Centre for Gender Studies (CGS), Centre for Global Media and Communications (CGMC), and Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD).

2023/24 Key Dates

Study session Session 1 Session 2
Application deadline 11 September 2023 05 March 2024
Enrolment period 18 September - 09 October 2023 25 March - 08 April 2024
Start dates 17 October 2023 16 April 2024

This table shows key dates for the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFIMS)

Study session Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Application deadline 11 September 2023 04 December 2023 05 March 2024 14 May 2024
Enrolment period 2 October 2023-16 October 2023 03 January – 16 January 2024 18 March – 02 April 2024 03 June – 11 June 2024 
Start dates 24 October 2023 23 January 2024 09 April 2024 18 June 2024