The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK's national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities, offering MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil, and PhD programmes

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Why School of Advanced Study?

Located at the heart of the University of London in Bloomsbury, the School of Advanced Study provides an unrivalled scholarly community in which to pursue world-class postgraduate study and research in the humanities, social sciences, and law. Our students benefit from a highly collaborative research environment and opportunities to participate in an extensive programme of events, research training, and networks, as well as a wide range of funding opportunities, including AHRC-sponsored London Arts and Humanities Partnership studentships.

The School full- and part-time postgraduate programmes (MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil, and PhD) in a wide range of humanities subjects, including art history, classics, Commonwealth studies, English and American literature and culture, history and historical research, human rights, Latin American studies, law, and modern languages. In addition to these campus-based programmes, we offer distance learning master’s degree programmes in advanced legislative studies and in refugee protection and forced migration studies. Our popular short courses and summer schools focus on specialist law subjects, literature, palaeography and book history, and oral history.

As a student, you’ll benefit from the vibrant and collaborative research environment created by our nine institutes -- the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Institute of Modern Languages Research, the Institute of Philosophy, and The Warburg Institute. You’ll study with leading specialists in your field, hone your research skills in our highly regarded training programmes, expand your knowledge through our extensive calendar of events, and become part of a worldwide network of humanities scholars.

Our central London location (Senate House on Malet Street) provides easy access to world-class research resources and the expertise of local academic centres, museums and libraries, including Senate House Library, which has one of the most significant arts, humanities and social sciences collections in the UK. The British Museum, British Library, UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck, Institute of Education, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSE and King's College are all nearby.

Can’t study in London? The School of Advanced Study offers students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a PhD at a distance. These students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva, but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

International Students

The School of Advanced Study welcomes applications from international students. Around one third of our students come from outside the UK, including North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. In 2017-18, more than 20 countries are represented, including Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Egypt, and Nigeria. Many of our academic staff are also from overseas, helping create a truly cosmopolitan community in which to pursue postgraduate study. A wide range of support services is offered to help international studies adjust to life in London and academic culture in the UK.

What Students Say:

The legislative studies programme is an innovative course and the experience I have gained will transform me into a better drafter.The course is professionally organised, from the material offered through to the teaching methods applied, and I would recommend this LLM to all drafters, regardless of their experience and background.

Mookamedi Morwaagole (Botswana), LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies
Quick facts
  • In 2016-17, the School of Advanced Study had 248 students: 106 of these were on taught master’s programmes; 142 were studying a master’s or doctoral research degree.
  • This year the School of Advanced Study offered more than 260 research training events for its students, ranging from how to give a seminar or conference paper to applying for research funding and preparing for the PhD viva.
  • Senate House Library, the central library of the University of London, boasts more than two million books and 1,200 archival collections, making it one of the UK’s largest academic libraries focussed on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It holds a wealth of primary source material from the medieval period to the modern age.

School of Advanced Study Location

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

School of Advanced Study
Student Testimonials

The legislative studies programme is an innovative course and the experience I have gained will transform me into a better drafter.The course is professionally organised, from the material offered through to the teaching methods applied, and I would recommend this LLM to all drafters, regardless of their experience and background.

The course has been a wonderful experience. The modules have broadened my knowledge, while the language skills I’ve developed have enabled me to pursue topics that I would never have been able to tackle before. The National Gallery module has been an invaluable experience – it not only allowed me to get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at a prestigious museum but also to learn about curatorial practice. The other students, all from different backgrounds, have become great friends and have created a stimulating learning environment. The staff, both at the Warburg Institute and at the National Gallery, have been extremely supportive and generous with their time, making this experience a truly unique one.

The MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture has been a remarkable experience that not only introduced me to the outstanding tradition of art history started by Aby Warburg, but also deepened my research/curatorial skills and broadened my horizons.

The course has encouraged me to make more use of electronic resources and I have become more self-reliant in my research techniques. The course covers the history of the book from the time of clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the present day. It gives an overview of various technological and stylistic changes through the centuries.

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