SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Religions & Philosophies MA Degrees: Enquiries and Useful Information

The Department currently offers three Masters programmes:

Enquiries related to the academic content of the above MA degrees should be directed to the convenor of each programme. General enquiries about the administrative aspects of the programmes should  be directed to


Formal applications for admission to the Master degrees in the Department of Religions & Philosophies should be made via the School's admissions system. An application form is available on-line. Students also applying for funding awards and scholarships will need to submit their application for a place by the end of January, and certainly no later than 4 weeks before the deadline for the submission of the award or application. Any queries about the application process should be addressed to the Admissions office (

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent from academic institutions in other countries. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a good US university would have a Grade Point Average of above 3.5. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree, s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English Language ability before admission to the School. The following are recognised by the School as acceptable tests of English Language: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) organised through the British Council. The School requires an overall score of 7 unconditional registration; the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), preferably including the Test of English (TWE) with an overall score of 640 for unconditional registration. For information about foundation and English language programmes at SOAS e-mail:


Application for funding is a separate process from application for a place on programme of study at the School. If you are intending to apply for funding, it is advisable to submit your application for a place at the School as early as possible, preferably by the end of January, but no later than four weeks before the relevant funding application closing date(s). A list of funding resources and scholarships.

Postgraduate Prospectus & Open Evenings

The postgraduate prospectus is available to view on-line. If you have any queries, then please contact us at You are welcome to come and talk to members of staff in person at the various Open Evenings organised throughout the year. More information on open evenings.

Student Recruitment Office

The Student Recruitment Office provides information, advice and guidance on studying at SOAS. Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4034, fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4039, email:

Address and useful numbers. The School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0)20 7637 2388; fax: +44 (0)20 7436 3844.

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