Online and distance learning


Our Online and Distance Learning degrees bring the expertise of SOAS University of London to you, wherever you live or work.

Equal in quality to degrees taught on campus, our qualifications are recognised throughout the world for their high standards. Established over 20 years ago, we have the experience and expertise to deliver specialised programmes designed to meet your professional needs.

By signing up for online and distance learning at SOAS you will be able to: 

  • learn anywhere in the world
  • get dedicated support from specialist tutors
  • study at your own pace

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate applicants will enrol at masters degree level and exit with your chosen award based on the number of credits successfully completed. 

Key dates

Our Online and Distance Learning programmes have different subject timetables. Please review the relevant Centre/Department of study for more information. 

This table shows key dates for the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, Centre for Development Studies, Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Global Media and Communications, and Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.

Key dates 2024/25

Study sessionSession 1Session 2
Application deadline2 Sep 202424 Feb 2025
Enrolment period26 Sep 2024 - 7 Oct 202417 Mar 2025 - 4 Apr 2025
Start dates14 Oct 202414 Apr 2025

Centre for Financial and Management Studies

Study sessionSession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4
Application deadline2 Sep 202418 Nov 202424 Feb 202512 May 2025
Enrolment period26 Sep 2024 - 7 Oct 202412 Dec 2024 - 20 Dec 202417 Mar 2025 - 4 Apr 20252 Jun 2025 - 16 Jun 2025 
Start dates14 Oct 20246 Jan 202514 Apr 202523 Jun 2025