School of Oriental & African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
Tel: 020 7898 4034
Fax: 020 77898 4039
Email: study(at)
Student enquiries: Student Recruitment Office.
Applications: UCAS


Main study areas: African, Asian, Near & Middle East and Islamic languages/studies - particularly art, anthropology, archaeology, economics, history, law, linguistics, music, politics, religious studies.

Students: Total 3500 (3050 full-time, 450 part-time). Male/female ratio 3:4. First degree students 1800 (20% international; 40% mature on entry). Postgraduates 1700. Teaching staff: 200.

Quick Info

A top UK research-led institution, a specialist college of London University.

Location: Central London.

Average entry UCAS points: 315.

Admissions info: AS-levels welcomed in combination with 3+ A-levels or equivalent, preferably in contrasting subject. Many courses specify subjects and grades; UCAS tariff not used.

Drop-out rate: 15%.

State school entry: 69%.

Accommodation: Most first years housed by SOAS or university.