Online and distance learning courses

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.

  • Learn anywhere in the world
  • Be in control of your own learning
  • Get dedicated support from specialist tutors
  • Connect with others from around the world
  • Study at your own pace
  • Only pay for the modules you are enrolled on

Key dates

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

The information below relates to dates associated with sessions in the 2022/23 year. 

The first table shows key dates for the Centre for Development, Environment & Policy (CeDEP), Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Centre for Gender Studies (CGS), Centre for Global Media and Communications (CGMC), and Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD).

Study session Session 1 Session 2
Application deadline 12 September 2022 06 March 2023
Enrolment period 26 September - 11 October 2022 20 March - 10 April 2023
Start dates 18 October 2022 18 April 2023

This table shows key dates for the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFIMS)

Study session Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Application deadline 12 September 2022 05 December 2022 06 March 2023 15 May 2023
Enrolment period  3 October 2022-14 October 2022 06 January – 16 January 2023 16 March – 29 March 2023 23 May – 6 June 2023
Start dates 25 October 2022 24 January 2023 11 April 2023 20 June 2023


How to apply

You can apply for an Online and Distance Learning programme via the 'Apply now' button on each course page. 

Application process

  1. Submit the online application form
  2. If successful, you will be offered a conditional place on the basis of the submission of your supporting documentation.
  3. You submit your supporting documentation to verify your qualifications — this information can also be submitted at the time of application.
  4. Once verified, you will be offered an unconditional place on the programme.

We aim to assess your application and respond within 10 working days.