SOAS University of London

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

Certificate in the Study of Religions (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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The Certificate in the Study of Religions, which may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years, consists of 120 credits from the current Study of Religions list of undergraduate courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor, and approved by the Head of Department. Up to one unit, not from Study of Religions but related, may be included.

The Certificate serves various purposes. A number of overseas students, coming to this country for one year’s study, often as part of their degree work at home, have taken the Certificate. They have thus acquired a SOAS qualification at the same time as completing another year towards their degree at home. Some home students have also taken it, whether to follow up some particular interest, or (as in the case, for example, of a qualified Study of Religions teacher trained chiefly in the Judaeo-Christian tradition) to broaden horizons.

A number of students, including some from overseas, who began in this way with the Certificate, have eventually studied for a full BA programme. Other students, contemplating a BA but uncertain of their own abilities or of the work involved, or about whom the School itself has had hesitations, may embark on a Certificate as a probationary period. Admission standards for the Certificate may be a little lower than those for the BA. Patterns of transition from Certificate to BA include the following, depending upon the circumstances of each individual student:

A full Certificate may be completed, after which the student may then apply, through UCAS, to begin a BA from the beginning. (This arrangement has been adopted, for example, in cases where the School has faith in a student’s capacity, but where, perhaps because of unsuitable schooling, or the unavailability of suitable A-level subjects on offer, the chances of satisfactory A-level results are slight.

A student, having completed one year of part-time Certificate work satisfactorily, and finding it rewarding, may then transfer from the Certificate and apply to begin a BA from the beginning.

A student may complete a Certificate, and then apply, through UCAS, for second-year entry to a BA.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

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Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Undergraduate Tuition Fees page


Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 years Part-time 3 years
£9,250 £18,630 £4,625 £9,320 £3,083 £6,210



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