School of Advanced Study

Why School of Advanced Study?

Established in 1994, the School of Advanced Study unites nine research institutes at the University of London.

Set in Bloomsbury in central London, the school is within easy reach of the city's best museums and libraries.

The school offers full and part-time postgraduate programmes in several subject areas including art history, human rights, law, taxation and politics and international development.

The school's nine institutes include 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.

Students benefit from the collaborative research environment created by the ten institutes, and can participate in the school's extensive programme of events, research training and networks.

International Students

As a small specialist postgraduate research institution, the school offers a friendly community to students around the world – about a third of the school's student population is international.

International students are provided with guidance and support in their career development from the University of London's careers service.

Graduates have gone on to work in a range of successful careers in many different countries. While some continue to study at PhD level, others work in national and local government, the media, law firms, financial institutions, the culture industry and more.

What Students Say:

Coming from a very small remote island in the middle of the Pacific, it wasn’t an easy decision to fly to the other side of the world to pursue an LLM.

My motivation to study in the UK was the excellent academic standards that the University of London could offer. Through my research of SAS and IALS, I found out that the academic standard was very high, with well-equipped professors in their areas of expertise.

Laingane Italeli Talia, LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 300 postgraduate students
  • The college's Senate House Library has more than 3m books and first-class digital resources
  • Graduates are awarded prestigious University of London degrees

Contact

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Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Student Testimonials

Coming from a very small remote island in the middle of the Pacific, it wasn’t an easy decision to fly to the other side of the world to pursue an LLM.

My motivation to study in the UK was the excellent academic standards that the University of London could offer. Through my research of SAS and IALS, I found out that the academic standard was very high, with well-equipped professors in their areas of expertise.

I chose the University of London for the master’s because when I was looking around at different courses I felt like it offered the most holistic approach to studying human rights; from the legal side, the international law side, to the practical elements, the skills you need to do advocacy, to the history and the theory of human rights.

I also went to the open day and met some of the lecturers and felt they were really inspiring and engaging. The curriculum offered was also broad and gave a great range of options for studying different themes and issues.

I visited London for the first time to celebrate my high school graduation and knew I wanted to return for a more long-term stay. Studying for a master’s in the UK was appealing to me, as most programmes are only a year long, compared to two years in my home country (United States), and don’t require GRE testing.

For me the best part about studying in London was being able to use the reading rooms at the British Library. Besides having access to such a wide range of materials, that environment was where I was able to focus best. Going to the library and being surrounded by so many people doing research was very helpful for getting into the right frame of mind for writing.