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Application form

There are two ways of submitting an application:

  1. The Online Application Form allows you to submit your application directly to us for consideration. We aim to answer each application within 10 working days. Once it has been reviewed, you may be made a conditional offer. A firm offer will only be made once we have received from you the supporting documentation specified in the conditional offer. We will keep you informed of the process in writing.
  2. If you prefer you can also complete a hard copy Distance Learning Application Form and send it to us by mail with all your supporting documentation. Please contact us using our online enquiries form or call us on +44 (0)207 898 4050 to request an application form.

All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Application process

What you can expect:

  1. You submit the online application form
    Your application will be reviewed by our academic staff. We expect to have a response for you within ten working days.
  2. We send a confirmation email
    You will automatically receive an email when you submit your application. This lets you know we have received the application.
  3. We send a conditional offer email
    A conditional offer states that we have academically accepted your application. Now we need the documents you listed on your form.
  4. You submit supporting documentation
    You need to send us your transcripts and ID. Your application will remain valid for two years once you have a conditional offer. However, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.
  5. We send an unconditional offer email
    Once we have received your documents, we will either request further details or give you an unconditional offer. We will send you an offer email within five working days of receiving your documents.
  6. You read the Welcome Pack and the Regulations
    Before you take up your place, please look at the Welcome Pack and the University of London Regulations, which are on our website. We will email you when an enrolment opens inviting you to register on your programme.
  7. You submit an online enrolment form
    When you complete the enrolment form, you will select your module for the session and make payment. You are now a CeFiMS, University of London student.

Application deadlines 2014/15

Study session Session start Application closing date
Session One November 2014 Closed
Session Two January 2015 Closed
Session Three March 2015 26 January 2015
Session Four June 2015 23 March 2015
Session Five July 2015 25 May 2015

Personal statement

All distance learning applications must include a 500-word personal statement. You should give your reasoning for wanting to study your selected programme and and why you want to study with the Centre. You should also provide an account of your academic background and present job or career. It does not matter whether your interest in studying is for career advancement or personal interest, but it is important that we are convinced of your commitment to a sustained programme of study.

Supporting documentation for applications

Where copies of documents are required to support your application, you will be required to send the original or a ‘certified copy’. It is very important that you follow the document request accurately.

A certified copy – is a photocopy of a document that has been stamped and verified by one of the following:

  • British Council official. (You can find the location of your nearest British Council office from www.britishcouncil.org)
  • British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission
  • Notary Public

  • (If none of the above are available to you, please contact us for advice.)

The supporting documentation we require for distance learning applicants is:

  • An original or certified copy of your university transcript(s). This is a document from your university that records all the modules that you studied, the grades that you obtained and your final degree result. If you are having certified copies made, please ensure that you include any explanation of grades that may be printed on the reverse of the original.

  • A photocopy of an identity document, such as a passport or birth certificate.

  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate, where your previous university level studies were not taught and examined in English.

    For all applicants a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills is required. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test (or 7.0 in both reading and writing), a score of 600+ in the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) or a score of 100+ (with 25+ in writing) in the TOEFL internet-based test (IBT).

All supporting documentation must be in English. If it is necessary for documents to be translated, please send a certified copy of the original document with a certified translation. It is your responsibility to arrange for all the necessary documentation to be obtained in support of your application. We cannot undertake this on your behalf.

Please note that, if necessary, we reserve the right to verify your qualifications with the relevant awarding body and to request further information from you about your background.

Send your supporting documents to the following address:

Centre for Financial and Management Studies
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Current undergraduates

Undergraduates in the final stages of completing their degree are welcome to apply through the usual application process. Offers are conditional upon good degree results and confirmation is dependant upon our receipt of your transcript. If your university prefers to send a copy of your transcript directly to us, please indicate this on the Application Form. It is your responsibility to ensure that an official transcript (or a certified copy) is sent to us as soon as possible and before the application deadline. We can only enrol students who have satisfied the requirements for entry by the start date of the relevant programme.