SOAS University of London


Paying the postgraduate deposit

For postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research, a non-refundable deposit should be paid in full in order to secure your place. The deposit will count towards your tuition fees for your programme.

How much do I have to pay?

Overseas fee paying applicants for any postgraduate programme pay £2,000 regardless of programme or mode of study.

Master’s offer holders paying Home fees pay £1,000. MPhil/PhD offer holders paying Home fees pay £500.

Choose to pay in these ways:

Online by debit or credit card

Paying via your online application is the quickest and most efficient way to pay.

We take Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Switch, Maestro, Solo, and Delta cards.

If you have any questions about your online payment, email us at

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By Bank transfer

There are several simple but important steps involved with paying by bank transfer.

Step 1.

Use the account details below to make your bank transfer. Make sure the bank transfer reference includes your 7 or 8 digit applicant ID number or your SOAS student ID number (if available), as well as the word "SDEP", and - if the form allows - your surname: e.g. 1234567 SDEP Smith or 123456 SDEP Smith.

If you’re paying from a non-UK bank, make sure you pay in GBP so we get the correct amount. If you pay by bank transfer from a non-UK bank, your bank might charge you extra, so make sure you allow for that. Any discrepancy will need to be paid with the tuition fees or at enrolment.

NatWest Bank plc
94 Moorgate

Account Holder Name: SOAS University of London
IBAN (International Bank Account number): GB77NWBK56002308622655
Swift Code: NWBKGB2L
Account number: 08622655
Sort code: 56-00-23

Step 2.

Then, to allow us to locate your payment, make sure you email us a copy of the bank transfer confirmation. If that is not available, please email your bank’s name, the amount you paid, date of transfer, your name, and your 7 or 8-digit applicant ID number or your 6 or 7-digit SOAS student ID number (if available). Send that information to

Step 3.

We should receive the payment by the deadline stipulated in your offer letter and at least 14 days before enrolment to give us enough time to process it. Either print off the online bank transfer confirmation or ask your bank to give you proof of the transaction for your records (and in case we need to see proof that you paid).

Please do not deposit money at a bank branch directly into the School's account as we won’t be able to trace it.

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By phone

Have your full name and your 7 or 8 digit applicant ID number or your 6 or 7-digit SOAS student ID number (if available) ready and contact School's Cashier, quoting SDEP as a reference.
Phone +44 (0) 20-7074 5030.

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Payment Queries: +44 (0) 20-7074 5030 for queries about payment by phone, banker's drafts and cheques. +44 (00 20-7074 5034 for queries about bank transfers and how to send bank transfer details. for queries about online payments by card.

If you are sponsored by a scholarship, funding, or government body 

You will be exempt from paying the deposit if your tuition fees are fully funded by an official sponsor or scholarship, including:

  • US Federally funded students
  • International students with full government loans
  • UK students with Student Loan
  • Students with full scholarships (eg, Commonwealth, Chevening)
  • International Government sponsored students (eg, Middle East)

Please email evidence of funding, including name and contact details of the approved funding body or a copy of the scholarship letter, to