SOAS University of London

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 unit value (1.0 or 0.5); when it is offered (full year, Term 1 or Term 2); who is teaching the module and the class content. Some modules require 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 requires pre-requisites.

All language modules are taught over one year. Therefore, if you start in January and wish to take a language, you must have prior knowledge of the language.  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 half unit courses are normally not language acquisition courses, but language use i.e. literature, drama.

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

Please note that all available modules are subject to change and some may have restrictions on class numbers.  Available and restricted modules will be confirmed in late Summer prior to the Module Sign-up system opening for September starters.

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 suitable for Study Abroad/Exchange students.
  • 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.

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

If there is an asterisk (*) next to one of the departments, the modules listed below are not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students.  Any restrictions will also be listed underneath.


Africa*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable:

  • Black Urban Studies (151230001)

Anthropology and Sociology*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable:

  • 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)

For other Anthropology UG and PG modules, please contact Admissions Tutor Dr Marloes Janson to discuss suitabilityPlease note that all classes are subject to availability, even with approval from the Admissions Tutor.

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 unavailable:

  • 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 unavailable or with restrictions:

  • Critical Reasoning (151010046)
  • Political Economy of Development (15PDSC002
  • 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 unavailable or 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
  • 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)
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 unavailable or with restrictions:

  • Islam and the West (151230006)
  • H101 Approaching History (154800292)
  • H201 Historical Research: Approaches, Methods, Design (154800300)
  • Project Design and Research Methods (Global Liberal Arts)
  • H400 modules - not open to Study Abroad/Exchange students (Dissertation/Independent Study Project modules)
  • H300 modules - capped at 15; registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • 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:

  • Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (155901214) - half unit; taught across full year and only open to full-year students
  • Korean-English-Korean Translation (155901276) - not suitable for native Korean speakers
Law*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable:

  • Law, Multiculturalism and Rights (155200064) 
  • Commercial Law (155200062)
  • Company Law (155200053)

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

Students are not eligible to take LLM modules without an undergraduate or first degree in Law.  Otherwise, students may be eligible for MA Law courses depending on background.

Linguistics*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable:

  • Field Methods (15PLIC019)
Media Studies

Postgraduate Modules

Music*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable or with restrictions:

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

Politics and International Studies*

Undergraduate Modules | Postgraduate Modules

Modules unavailable or with restrictions:

  • 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)
  • 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 (1 unit) and half year modules (0.5 unit).  Whether you are coming to SOAS for the full year, Term 1 (Autumn semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring semester), you are welcome to enrol in either full year or half year modules (subject to availability and space in the class).

How many modules should I choose?

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

  • Undergraduate: 4 units if full year, 4 modules if Term 1 or Term 2/3.
  • Postgraduate: 4 units 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.

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.