Four unique degrees you can do at SOAS


SOAS University of London has more unique degree combinations than any other university. Given our specialisms in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, even the more ‘traditional’ subjects are degrees with a difference, taught from a non-Western, global perspective. From Creative Studies to Korean, History of Art to Economics, check out some of our most unique undergraduate combination programmes.

BA Social Anthropology and Japanese

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Our Anthropology department is ranked 5th in the UK and 13th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)– and a degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS is one with a difference, drawing on the regional expertise of academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and societies.

Paired with Japanese, students will also have the opportunity to explore classical and modern Japanese culture, from pre-modern Japanese Literature to contemporary Japanese film. The third year will be spent abroad – in Japan — at one of the twenty-plus Japanese universities that we have exchange programmes with. This is a great opportunity for students to really get to grips with the language and experience life in another culture — and, frankly, sounds like a blast.

BA Development Studies and Law

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Ranked 6th in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings 2020), SOAS is one of the best places to study this fascinating interdisciplinary subject, which addresses the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community. Students will explore topics such as international development , gender, violence and conflict as well as refugees and forced migration.

Our world-class academics our staff have unrivalled practical knowledge across the discipline and regularly inform organisations such as the UN, NGOs and international governments.

Half of the modules on this degree combination will be in Law. Our teaching goes beyond that of traditional law schools, exploring wider regions and issues, as well as non-Western legal systems: this is Law from a global perspective. Students will be immersed in the legal traditions and practices of a number of global regions, providing a critical understanding of the role of law in the world today.

BA Chinese and World Philosophies

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As specialists in the study of Asia, studying Chinese at SOAS is a solid choice. The SOAS China Institute is renowned, and our academics are frequently featured in the news for expert opinions as well as insightful research.

The BA programme allows students to gain a broad understanding of Chinese culture through study of its language, history and literature from earliest times up to the present. Students spend the second year of their BA Chinese degree at Beijing Normal University (BNU) to get completely immersed in the language and culture of China.

Chinese is an excellent subject to study alongside World Philosophies, which teaches students to think critically and logically. Studying philosophies from Asia, Africa and the Middle East enables a broad, balanced, and comprehensive view and deep cultural insight, with students developing the capacity to become effective mediators between and within diverse societies.

BA Law and Korean

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This is no ordinary law qualification. Our global outlook and expertise means you’ll also get under the skin of legal systems around the world.
Many of our modules simply can’t be found elsewhere, allowing you the flexibility to tailor your programme to feed your passions. Taught by recognised experts in race, migration, and regional law, you’ll enjoy engaging teaching methods, mock courts, and the chance to get involved in clinical courses, leadership and governance with our Law Society.

From the study of pre-modern Korean literature and history, to contemporary Korean cinema and TV, the BA Korean Combined Honours Degree provides students with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, as well as an introduction to both classical and modern Korean culture. Students spend their second year studying at a partner university in Korea, an ideal opportunity to engage with Korean students and perfect language skills.

Many of these degrees come with numerous module options, meaning students can tailor their programme to their interests and skills – making their degree even more unique.

All of these degrees are available through Clearing — register your interest in Clearing at SOAS here.

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