SOAS Doctoral School

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

SOAS Doctoral School

Doctoral School

SOAS is home to around 800 doctoral researchers who play a vital role in developing our vibrant intellectual culture. We welcome an average of 180 new research students each year across our three Faculties.

The Doctoral School was founded in 2012 and is a University-wide structure supporting student admissions, student research, research examinations and careers training for academia and industry across all three Faculties. It is both a place where doctoral researchers work and meet, and an organisation with oversight of the SOAS research student experience via the Doctoral School Management Group and Doctoral School staff.

We offer a comprehensive programme of research training and skills development which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Research partnerships with CHASE and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network are an opportunity for students to access to training at other institutions. The specialist Doctoral Training Advisor and the Careers Adviser for Research Students provide help and advice designed to enhance the research experience and professional development of our students. Our student-led journal SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research offers opportunities to publish outside the subject-specific work within Departments and interdisciplinary Centres.

The Doctoral School’s main home is 53 Gordon Square and is part of the main campus around Russell Square. This refurbished Bloomsbury townhouse is for the use of doctoral researchers and provides 100 work stations suitable both for those who want to use desktop computers and those who prefer to connect their laptops to the SOAS Wi-Fi. The building is also home to the Doctoral School Team, providing professional services support and advice on a wide range of issues. In addition, the building has meeting rooms, printers, a common room/kitchen, lockers, showers and bicycle storage. Those wishing to stay on the main campus in Russell Square can use the Research Students’ computer cluster (R301) on the third floor of the College Building as well as a range of Library Services, including study carrels for the use of doctoral researchers.

A-Z of research degrees

  • Africa
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • China and Inner Asia
  • Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Financial and Management Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • History of Art & Archaeology
  • International Development
  • Japan and Korea
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Near and Middle East
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Religions and Philosophies
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia

Current Students – please log into the online Student Information Desk and submit an enquiry. Please use the category ‘Doctoral School’.

Prospective Students – please email

Alumni and Staff – please email

We need your feedback to improve the Doctoral School, so we have created a feedback channel here. Send comments and suggestions either directly or via the Doctoral School Management Group.