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Programme description

For those looking to update their professional skills, specialise in a particular area, or see if distance learning is right for them without the commitment of a full programme, an Individual Professional Award (IPA) is the perfect option.

IPA graduates will be awarded a University of London certificate, and will then have the option of extending their IPA into a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's programme, providing they have achieved a pass mark of 50% or more on modules already taken that are relevant to the subsequent Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's.

Available modules

You can choose a module from any of the distance learning programmes that we offer.

Modules

Study schedule

Each module lasts 10 weeks and examinations are held in late September/October. Students are registered for a maximum of two years.

To find out when modules are available to study, please refer to the IPA study calendar:

Entry requirements

Education and experience

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline depending on the modules you are interested in undertaking. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Language requirements

All international applicants must be able to show that their English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete their course at SOAS. If you have not yet taken an English language test, you can still apply for your degree, but we will include evidence of language requirements as part of your offer conditions. You can demonstrate English language ability in several ways.

More information on the English requirements can be found here

What next?

To make an application, or to find out more about fees and our admissions procedure, please visit the Apply section of this website.