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What are the costs?

You have the option to pay some or all of your programme fees at the outset (thus avoiding any subsequent rise in fees). You can also pay for each module at the time of enrolling in a study session.

Fees are inclusive of all required resources. Whilst we incorporate all of the costs into your module fees, depending on your country of residence, you may incur local costs such as:

Programme and module fees for 2021/22

For 2021/22, the fees in Pounds Sterling for all distance learning students are as shown below. These module fees come into effect as of October 2021 for enrolment in Session One. You have the option to pay some or all of your module fees at the outset (thus avoiding any subsequent rise in fees*) or you can pay for each module as you enrol to study prior to the session commencing.

Award Fee
Master's (6 modules) £10,920
Postgraduate Diploma (4 modules) £7,280
Postgraduate Certificate (2 modules) £3,640
Individual Professional Award (1 module) £1,820

For continuing students only

Award Fee
22.5-credit modules (for students registered on programmes before 1 July 2018) £1,260

Funding your studies

There are a number of sources of funding available that can help you to meet the cost of your study. Some of these are based in the UK and others are available from certain countries around the world. You can find a general guide to sources of funding for international students on the British Council website. We also suggest that you enquire in your own country to see whether assistance is available.

We find that a large number of our students receive some financial support from their own employers and it is worth enquiring about this. If they want to know more about what you will be studying or more about SOAS or the University of London, we are very happy to provide all the information your employer will need. There is also an Employers page on this website which provides employers with information on how they would benefit from your postgraduate studies with the Centre.

For more information on gaining support from your employer, please visit the Sponsorship page of this website.


Educational loans are not currently available for distance learning programmes at foreign schools but you may still apply for a private non-educational loan.

* Please note that the fees above are for this academic year only. The fees may increase each year therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study may be higher. Continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.