SOAS University of London

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

BA Study of Religions Structure (pre 2018 enrolment)

General Information

  • You must register for 4 full course units or equivalent each year.
  • At least 9 of your 12 units over the 3 years of your degree must be from the approved Study of Religions units. 
  • To be eligible for an Honours degree a student must have passed a minimum of eleven courses, those passing only ten being awarded a Pass degree.
  • Only the grades of courses taken after the first year is completed count towards your final degree result. In your first year, all you need to do is pass the courses to continue. The pass mark is 40%.

Programme Structure

Year One

Your study programme in year one consists of the following components:

  1. The core course Introduction to the Study of Religions - 158000096 (1 unit)
  2. A selection of four of the half-unit foundation courses (2 units total)
  3. The remaining 1 course unit drawn from any of the following options: ‘open option’
      from another department
Years Two and Three

In years two and three, you will largely design your own study programme by choosing from the intermediate and advanced courses available each year. The only compulsory course is the Independent Study Project in the Study of Religions - 157400023 (1 unit).

For the remaining units – four in year two and three in year three – you can choose your courses from the following list of options:

  • Languages in the Department of Religions and Philosophies.
  • Any other second, third, or fourth year course offered in the current BA Study of Religions programme
  • ‘Open options’ from other departments, including language options (no more than 3 units total over the three years of your study, including languages).