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Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

Module Finder

Study Abroad and Exchange students at SOAS are able to choose from over 400 modules and can build a unique programme, exploring the range of specialist modules available at SOAS that may not be available at your home institution.  You may pick options within our regional expertise of Africa, Asia and/or the Middle East; one of our many non-European languages taught or modules within our traditional academic disciplines. Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year or half the year, you are not restricted to a Study Abroad ‘Track,’ to one specific Faculty, or to one specific department so you can choose modules from across SOAS.

Please click on the links in each department section for further information about each module. The module page gives further information: the module value (30 or 15 SOAS credits - not ECTS credits!); when it is offered (full year, Term 1 or Term 2); who is teaching the module and the class content. Some modules have pre-requisite classes, so you will be expected to prove that you have taken a similar module to the pre-requisite at your home institution.  It is your responsibility to contact the relevant module convenor to get permission to take a module that has pre-requisites.


September starters will use our online Module Sign-up System which opens at the beginning of Sepetember, January starters will submit their choices to the Study Abroad Coordinator at the beginning of November.


Languages at SOAS

All language modules are taught over one year, so January starters you must have prior knowledge of the language if you want to join the class.  Unfortunately we do not offer absolute beginner language classes in January.  Students with the relevant experience are allowed to join non-beginners languages classes, however you must either take a placement test or discuss your level with the module convenor once you arrive at SOAS. The 15 credit modules are normally not language acquisition courses, but language use i.e. literature, drama.


Please note that all available modules are subject to change and some may have restrictions on class numbers.  You are advised to sign up for the classes at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappoitment.  Available and restricted modules will be confirmed in late Summer prior to the Module Sign-up system opening for September starters.

For more information on particular modules, please contact the Module Convenor (found on the individual module webpage).

More important information in the links below (please read carefully before you choose your modules!):


Departments and available modules

Most of the modules taught at SOAS are available for Study Abroad/Exchange Students, but please make note of the following points: 

  • Independent study projects, dissertations and extended essays are not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students as they are not taught modules. 
  • Language modules are found in the regional departments: South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea, Near and Middle East.
  • You may find that your particular interests span a number of different departments.  Make sure to look through the different links to ensure you see everything that is available.
  • It is also your responsibility to check that your preferred classes do not clash by consulting the SOAS timetable.
  • Pre-sessional English courses and Language Centre courses do not carry academic credit.

Undergraduate students are not permitted to take Postgraduate classes.


You can view the list of modules by clicking through the links below.

Classes listed below the department name are either unavailable or restricted - please consult these lists before making your module choices.


Africa

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Black Urban Studies (151230001)

Anthropology and Sociology

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World (15PANC012)
  • Anthropology of Development (15PANC090)
  • Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (15PANC098)
  • Comparative Media Studies (15PANC009)
  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture (15PANC073)
  • Cultural Understandings of Health (15PANC093)
  • Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food (15PANH045)
  • Directed Practical Study in Anthropology of Tourism (15PANH060)
  • Ethnographic Research Methods (15PANH002)
  • Media Production Skills (15PANH050)
  • Research Methods in Anthropology (15PANC011)
  • The Anthropology of Food (15PANC013)
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology (15PANC008)

Any ERASMUS students interested in Anthropology must contact Sarah Goodyear in advance as spaces are limited.

History of Art and Archaeology

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

China and Inner Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Applied Energy and Climate Studies (15PFFH007)
  • General Diplomatic Studies and Practice (15PFFC001)
  • Global Public Policy (15PFFH004)
  • Project Management (15PFFH005)
Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

Postgraduate Modules

Development Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Critical Reasoning (151010046)
  • Political Economy of Development (15PDSC002)
  • BA Professional Placement (151010051)

Modules with restrictions:

  • Development Communications (151010044) - only 25 places available on this module
  • Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change (15PDSH048) - only 25 places available on this module
  • Key Thinkers and Theories in Development (151010049) - only 30 places available on this module
Economics

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • African Economic Development I and II (15PECC057 and 15PECC058)
  • Economic Development and Financial Systems (15PECC056)
  • Economic Development in South Asia a) the macroeconomy (15PECC060)
  • Economic Development in South Asia b) Major sectors and the International Economy (15PECC061)
  • Economic Issues of the Environment and Development (15PECC055)
  • Macroeconomic Theories and Techniques (15PECC062)
  • Microeconomic Theory and Techniques (15PECC054)
  • Quantitative Methods I (15PECC008), Quantitative Methods II (15PECC045)
  • Research Methods I (15PECC040)
  • Research Methods in Political Economy I and II (15PECC052 and 15PECC053)
  • Themes and Approaches in the Political Economy of Institutions (15PECC059)

Modules with restrictions:

  • Econometrics (153400103) - only available to full year students
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400120) - only available to full year students
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists (153400121) - only available to full year students
English

Undergraduate Modules

Financial and Management Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Film Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Gender Studies

Postgraduate Modules

History

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Islam and the West (151230006)
  • Project Design and Research Methods (Global Liberal Arts)
  • H400 modules (Dissertation/Independent Study Project modules)

Modules with restrictions:

  • Introduction to Global Studies (Global Liberal Arts) - capped at 15; registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • Using Numbers (Global Liberal Arts) - capped at 15; registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • Writing Well (Global Liberal Arts) - capped at 15; registration is on a first come, first served basis
International Studies and Diplomacy

Postgraduate Modules

Japan and Korea

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules with restrictions:

  • Korean-English-Korean Translation (155901276) - not suitable for native Korean speakers
Law

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Asylum and Immigration Law (155200077)
  • Law, Multiculturalism and Rights (155200064) 
  • Commercial Law (155200062)
  • Company Law (155200053)
  • Human Rights Clinic (15PLAC145)

Undergraduate students should have a Law background to take classes in this department.

LLM/MA Law modules are only open to Postgraduate Law students, or those with a previous Law degree.  Non-Law Postgraduate students may be eligible for MA Law modules if they have sufficient background - please contact studyabroad@soas.ac.uk to discuss further.

Linguistics

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Field Methods (15PLIC019)
Media Studies

Postgraduate Modules

Music

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Performance (15PMUC002)
  • Performance as Research (15PMUC008)
  • Sound Recording and Production (15PMSH025)

Modules with restrictions:

  • Composition (155800082) - Students must provide Convenor with examples of composition work, either a score or audio file
  • Introduction to Music Analysis (155800070) - Students will be required to take a placement test in week 1 of teaching
  • Performance 1A (15580061), Performance 1B (15580062) - Students must get approval from Dr Nick Gray or Dr Lucy Durán
  • Analysing World Music (15PMUH004) - By permission of Convenor only
Near and Middle East

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Arabic 1 Intensive (155900896)
Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules not open to Study Abroad/Exchange Students:

  • Government and Politics of the Middle East (153400060)
  • Introduction to International Relations (153400085)
  • Key Debates on Neoliberalism (153402003)
  • Islam and Political Ideologies (15PPOH007)
  • Politics of Resistance in the Middle East (15PPOH010)
  • Political Violence (15PPOH009)

Modules with restrictions:

  • State and Transformation in the Middle East (15PPOH011) - Students must have a Political Science background
South Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

South East Asia

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Study of Religions

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules



Module length and credit

We offer both full year modules (30 credits) and half year modules (15 credits).  Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year, Term 1 (Autumn term) or Term 2/3 (Spring term), you are welcome to enrol in either full year or half year modules (subject to availability and space in the class).

European students should note the following ECTS points:

Undergraduate modules: half year modules (15 SOAS credits) are worth 7.5 ECTS points, full year modules (30 SOAS credits) are worth 15 ECTS points
Postgraduate modules: half year modules (15 SOAS credits) are worth 11.25 ECTS points, full year modules (30 SOAS credits) are worth 22.5 ECTS points


How many modules should I choose?

The Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed to host full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students: 

  • Undergraduate: 120 credits if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3.
  • Postgraduate: 120 credits if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3.
  • Note: Postgraduate modules have letters in the code; undergraduate modules have only numbers.  Undergraduate students are not permitted to take postgraduate modules.

Any student on a Tier 4 visa is required by the UKVI to be enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies.  We allow students not requiring a Tier 4 visa to take 3 modules, but only with explicit written approval from their home institution.  


Can I join a full year module if I’m only coming for a half year?

Yes! Study Abroad/Exchange students may join a full year module and only stay for Term 1, or may join during Term 2. You will only be assessed on the material covered while you are at SOAS, and are therefore eligible to take the first half or second half of a full year module.  Please see our Current Students page for more information on how you'll be assessed.  

If you are joining in January and would like to take a language, you will need prior knowledge of that language to join a full year module and so should meet with the Module Convenor at the beginning of term to confirm the most appropriate class for you.

Full year students cannot switch into full year modules in January.


Non Study Abroad/Exchange Study Options

Our Study Abroad/Exchange Programme is designed for undergraduate and Masters level students to take a full class load at SOAS, and then transfer the academic credit to their home institution.

  • If you are interested in only taking 1 or 2 modules at SOAS (or not for academic credit), you should apply as an Associate Student.  
  • If you are interested in coming to SOAS as a visiting PhD student, you should apply as a Visiting Research Student.  
  • Unfortunately SOAS does not currently participate in the Student Mobility for Placements (work/training programs) aspect of Erasmus+ Key Action 1. This means that we cannot accommodate any Internships and Traineeships at present.  

Please see our Study at SOAS page for a range of non Study Abroad/Exchange options at SOAS including undergraduate study, postgraduate study, distance learning, foundation courses and summer school.