Foundation College

Pre-Master's Programme (FDPS)

Key information

Duration
September to June
Start of programme
September
Attendance mode
Full-time
Location
Russell Square, College Buildings
Fees

FDPS full fee: £15,400 GBP

Course overview

The SOAS Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies (FDPS) Pre-master's programme is a ten-month course providing academic and English language preparation for international students who want to enter Master's degrees (taught and researched) in Social Science, Business and Management-related studies, Arts and Humanities at British universities.
Since the FDPS Foundation programme was started in 1993 our students have progressed to Master’s study at institutions in the University of London, and over the UK.

Students who achieve a minimum level of academic and English language performance on the FDPS Pre-master’s programme are guaranteed progression to SOAS postgraduate programmes in most subject areas (subject to satisfying eligibility requirements), and will receive a 10% discount off their tuition fees. However the FDPS diploma award from the University of London is recognised by British universities across the UK and our Academic Advice Team provides one-to-one support with every stage of the postgraduate application procedure.

All high-ranking British universities recognise the FDPS Pre-master’s as a value-adding academic and English-language programme for international students.

Why study Pre-Master's Programme (FDPS) at SOAS

  • wide range of academic modules available to students
  • a unique integrated approach to English development, where the language teaching and learning are directly linked to the material covered in the academic modules.
  • the experience and expertise of our teaching and lecturing staff
  • extensive individual support provided to our students through regular one-to-one meetings with lecturers, teachers, personal tutors, academic supervisors and academic advisors
  • the UK campus experience that our students receive – all our students have full SOAS status and have access to all SOAS facilities including library, student support services and students’ union clubs and societies.

Who should apply

The Foundation Diploma for Postgradute Studies (FDPS Pre-master’s programme) is designed for international students who want to study for a postgraduate taught or research degree at a British university. You may need to complete a pre-master’s programme if any of the conditions below apply to you:

  • You have a undergraduate degree which meets the requirements of postgraduate programmes, but would like to develop your English or academic study skills on a UK university campus, in preparation for Master’s study.
  • You have a full undergraduate degree but you wish to change your academic focus for postgraduate study, or you do not have the required background experience for a particular postgraduate subject area, and so you want to develop or deepen your knowledge or the relevant subject area.
  • Your current undergraduate qualifications do not fulfil the requirements of the postgraduate programme(s) you want to apply for and so you wish to add value to your academic performance through a pre-master’s year.

Progressing to Master’s study at SOAS

FDPS students are now guaranteed a conditional offer for all Master's programmes at SOAS. View the FDPS progression table (PDF) to find a full list of postgraduate programmes, eligibility requirements and offer conditions.

Structure

Programme aims

  • help students gain entry to postgraduate degree programmes at British universities in the humanities, social sciences, law and business-related studies
  • enable students to extend and deepen their academic knowledge
  • give students the linguistic and academic skills needed to be successful on a degree programme
  • give students that opportunity to carry out extended, supervised research
  • give students the chance to experience a year of campus life and study in London

Academic year

The programme runs from September to June over 3 terms. There is also a ‘reading week’ (a week without classes, which students use to catch up on their reading and work on their assignments) in the middle of the first and second terms. The teaching calendar runs for the first 20 weeks, and the third term taken up with revision and final written examinations.

Weekly timetable

Students attend between 15 and 19 hours of classes per week for the first 20 weeks. There is a range of class styles. Students attend lectures with all the other students in their academic modules, and small-group seminar tutorial discussions, which typically have 10 students, with a maximum of 13. These are led by an academic lecturer. Students also attend Academic English module classes, typically in a group of about 12 and a maximum of 15, and English support classes connected to their academic subject modules. These normally have class sizes of 12-14 students, with a maximum of 15.

Intensive Academic English Course

IFCELS delivers this 6-week course in the summer to help students develop the language and skills required to successfully participate on the FDPS Pre-master's programme. This course develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as strengthening grammar, academic vocabulary and independent study skills. Further details can be found in the Intensive Academic English Course info sheet, or you can apply online.

Access to English Academic Studies

Those who want to develop their English further before starting the programme in September could consider joining the Access to English Academic Studies course. This part-time online programme can provide a pathway to the FDPS programme.

Students achieving 4.5 overall and 4.5 in each sub skill in IELTS should consider applying to the online Access to English Academic Studies course. This part-time online programme can provide a pathway to the FDPS programme.

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes. However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. 

Teaching and learning

Four study modules

Students follow four different modules during their studies on the programme:

Two compulsory modules

Additional modules

Students choose an additional two modules from this list:

Programme asessment

  • Coursework – students submit termly assignment essays for each of their academic subject module. They also write timed essays for their English for Academic Purposes module and submit an 8,000-word ‘dissertation’ for their Independent Study Project.
  • Examinations – students sit final written examinations for each of their academic subject modules. They also take a final written and oral examination for their English for Academic Purposes module.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2022/23

£15,400 (FDPS full fee)

All fees must be paid in full before the start date of the programme. You do not need an invoice to pay your fees - you just need to quote your student ID/reference number. If you are sponsored by a funding or government body or Embassy, you must provide written proof from them that your fees will be paid, with the contact details of the sponsor, before enrolment. If the sponsor does not pay, you are responsible for paying the fees.

How to pay

1. Online with a credit or debit card 

This is the most efficient way to pay and will mean we can process your paperwork quicker. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Switch, Maestro, Solo and Delta.  You need your student ID/reference number and you will be able to make as many payments as is necessary to pay your fees.. After you have made a payment, you will be given a receipt. Make sure to email a copy of this receipt to: ifcels-finance@soas.ac.uk

2. By bank transfer

Payment of fees at banks must only be made via a bank transfer (that is, from your account into the School's bank account). Please do not deposit money directly into the School's account.

Important note: A bank transfer fee is often charged by both the sending and receiving banks, so you must pay these independently of you course fee. If not, the actual amount received by SOAS will be less than the course fee. If funds are received without bank transfer fees being paid this will lead to delays in processing your application documents.

Please ask your bank to provide you with a Remittance Slip or proof of transaction, and be sure they quote your full name and your 6 digit ID number.

School's account details
  • Natwest Bank plc, 94 Moorgate, London, EC2M 6XT
  • Account number: 08622655
  • Sort code: 56-00-23
  • Account holder: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Swift number: NWBKGB2L
  • IBAN: GB77NWBK56002308622655 (International Bank Account Number)

3. At enrolment

If you have not paid your tuition fees before arriving in the UK you can do so on the enrolment day, but as this is a very busy time you may have to wait in line to do so. Please try to pay before you arrive.

4. If you are sponsored by a funding or government body

You should email ifcels-finance@soas.ac.uk with proof that your tuition fees will be paid and with contact details of the funding body. If the sponsorship is not confirmed before the start of the academic year then please bring that information with you to enrolment.Please note that if your sponsor does not pay, you are responsible for paying your tuition fees.

Accommodation fees

For details please see IFCELS accommodation .

Additional costs

You may be required to purchase books for some modules. Students taking the World Art and Literature module may be required to pay for some gallery visits where there is an entrance charge.

Please see the full terms and conditions.