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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 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Transfer deadline* 20 August 2018 19 November 2018 04 February 2019 22 April 2019
Application deadline 03 September 2018 03 December 2018 18 February 2019 06 May 2019
Enrolment deadline 17 September 2018 17 December 2018 04 March 2019 20 May 2019
Start date 05 November 2018 04 February 2019 22 April 2019 08 July 2019

* the transfer deadline applies to any current students who wish to transfer between programme structures. For more information on the different structures and how to transfer, please see the programme transfer section of this website.

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:

Distance Learning Administration
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 dependent 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.