SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The Department is able to supervise Research degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on such diverse topics as colour symbolism in ancient Chinese texts, Chinese cinema, and Chinese Braille systems, and translation studies). If necessary, arrangements can be made for joint supervision with teachers from other departments of SOAS. Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive materials in the languages of the area and/or on fieldwork conducted in those languages.

Our alumni are to be found in academic and government posts, journalism and other media, museums, art galleries, aid agencies, libraries, charities, medicine, and large and small businesses of many kinds all over the world, and a large number of them work in the area or in the cultural field of their studies.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,396 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,396 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17,967 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,198 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,198 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £8,984 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: To be confirmed
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.