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How to apply

Our 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 your supporting documentation as specified in the conditional offer. We will keep you informed of the process in writing.

All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Application process

What you can expect

1.You submit the online application form
You will automatically receive an email when you submit your application to let you know we have received it. Your application will be reviewed by our academic staff. We aim to respond to you within 10 working days.
2.We send a conditional offer email
If your application is successful, we send you a conditional offer and will ask you to submit your supporting documentation, including our transcripts and ID. Your application will remain valid for two years once you have a conditional offer. However, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.
3.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.
4.You read the Welcome pack, Regulations and Terms and Conditions
Before you take up your place, please look at the Welcome pack, the University of London Regulations and the University of London Terms and Conditions . We will email you when an enrolment period opens inviting you to register on your programme.
5.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 SOAS University of London student.

Application deadlines

Event Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Application deadline 25 November 2019 10 February 2020 20 April 2020
Enrolment deadline 09 December 2019 24 February 2020 04 May 2020
Start date 27 January 2020 13 April 2020 22 June 2020

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 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

For all distance learning programmes we require supporting documentation giving evidence of the following:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • Qualifications (including English language proficiency, where required)

For details about the acceptable forms of evidence, along with information about getting your documents verified, please visit the Documentary evidence for applications page.

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.

All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Please send your supporting documents to the following address:

Admissions (Distance Learning)
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom