SOAS, University of London Rankings of SOAS, University of London

Latest ranking updates for SOAS, University of London
  • 27 Apr, 2022: THE Times Higher Education, UK announced latest results of THE University Impact Rankings - Gender Equality (SDG5) with SOAS, University of London in position 82.
  • 27 Apr, 2022: Publication of THE University Impact Rankings - Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11). Ranking position #45.
  • 27 Apr, 2022: Publication of THE University Impact Rankings - No Poverty (SDG1). Ranking position #39.
  • 27 Apr, 2022: New edition of THE University Impact Rankings - Reducing Inequalities (SDG10). SOAS, University of London ranked #100.

About SOAS, University of London

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London is a research university dedicated to liberal arts subjects, with a particular focus on the continent of Africa, and the nations of Japan, Korea, and China. Their modern campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Applicants can expect to find programmes and courses that take regions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and combine them with a particular area of academic interest. These might include, History, Economics, Politics, as well as Music and History of Art. This university offers a high degree of specialisation, ensuring that the teaching staff are able to deliver perspectives based on true expertise in their fields.

PROS

  • SOAS has numerous subjects ranked among the Top 20 in the UK, from education ranking organisations such as QS World University Rankings. Some examples include Politics, and Law.
  • In terms of demographics, this university is home to a wide variety of nationalities. This makes it a welcoming and stimulating environment for foreign students to come together.
  • A recurring point of praise from graduates is that perspectives taught at this university are unique and detailed, avoiding the oversimplifications that can appear in these subject areas.

CONS

  • Courses which offer a language provide very few contact hours, with a large number of students sharing the opinion that it is not enough to be considered intensive study of a language.
  • According to numerous learners at SOAS, most programmes include mandatory courses. This can be perceived as a lack of curriculum customisation that many would prefer.

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Highest subject rankings for SOAS, University of London

Development Studies QS World University Rankings By Subject
#2 
Social Studies & Humanities
History of Art Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
#7 
Arts Visual & Performing
Law CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#32 
Law
Accounting and Finance CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#38 
Business
Modern Languages & Linguistics The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
#44 
Languages & Literature
Communication & Media Studies QS World University Rankings By Subject
#151 
Journalism & Media Studies

University rankings

    • #37 
    The Times Good University Guide
    [Published 16 September, 2022]
    • #86 
    The Guardian League Table
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #36 
    • #46 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #501 
    THE World University Rankings
    [Published 12 October, 2022]
    • #35 
    • #443 
    QS World University Rankings
    [Published 08 June, 2022]
    • #71 
    • #1399 
    US News: Best Global Universities
    [Published 25 October, 2021]
    • #59 
    • #1331 
    CWUR Center for World University Rankings
    [Published 25 April, 2022]
    • #75 
    • #2247 
    URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
    [Published 15 December, 2021]
    • #22 
    • #247 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 04 March, 2022]
    • #28 
    • #302 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 04 March, 2022]
    • #17 
    • #182 
    RUR Reputation Ranking
    [Published 16 September, 2021]
    • #33 
    • #420 
    RUR Research Performance Ranking
    [Published 16 September, 2020]
    • #84 
    • #612 
    StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    [Published 06 September, 2021]
    • #66 
    • #1043 
    Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
    [Published 01 January, 2022]
    • #27 
    • #101 
    THE World University Impact Rankings - Times Higher Education
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #31 
    • #275 
    THE China Subject Ratings Overall
    [Published 11 May, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #39 
    THE University Impact Rankings - No Poverty (SDG1)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #10 
    • #82 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Gender Equality (SDG5)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #22 
    • #100 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Reducing Inequalities (SDG10)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #45 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #26 
    • #101 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Climate Action (SDG13)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #26 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]
    • #32 
    • #201 
    THE University Impact Rankings - Partnerships for the Goals (SDG17)
    [Published 27 April, 2022]

Subject rankings

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #11 
    • #63 
    Arts and Humanities
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #7 
    History of Art
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]

Business

    • #26 
    • #38 
    Accounting and Finance
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #41 
    • #55 
    Business & Management Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #49 
    • #501 
    Business & Management Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #35 
    • #201 
    Business and Economics
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #64 
    • #83 
    Business, Management & Marketing
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #25 
    • #151 
    Public Administration
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

Journalism & Media Studies

    • #22 
    • #151 
    Communication & Media Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Languages & Literature

    • #16 
    • #75 
    English Language & Literature
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #83 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #33 
    • #44 
    Modern Languages & Linguistics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #10 
    • #81 
    Modern Langugages
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Law

    • #25 
    • #32 
    Law
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #26 
    • #36 
    Law
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #31 
    • #44 
    Law
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #5 
    • #5 
    Anthropology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #10 
    Anthropology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #11 
    • #14 
    Anthropology
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #12 
    • #15 
    Anthropology
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]
    • #16 
    • #195 
    Anthropology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #18 
    • #151 
    Archaeology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Development Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #19 
    • #28 
    Economics
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]
    • #27 
    • #38 
    Economics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #37 
    • #47 
    Economics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #42 
    • #401 
    Economics
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #31 
    • #251 
    Economics & Econometrics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #10 
    • #35 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #33 
    • #201 
    Geography
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #11 
    • #12 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #31 
    • #40 
    History
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]
    • #40 
    • #49 
    History
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #11 
    • #51 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #22 
    • #111 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #9 
    • #11 
    Philosophy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #30 
    • #34 
    Philosophy
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #10 
    • #12 
    Politics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #15 
    Politics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #16 
    • #20 
    Politics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #14 
    • #20 
    Politics
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]
    • #22 
    • #126 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #15 
    • #91 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #51 
    Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Student Reviews for SOAS, University of London

Student satisfaction:
4.3 (based on 358 student reviews)

“My time here has deepened my understanding of China’s political development in the last century, and I think this university offers a specificity that you wouldn’t be able to find in many other places. My only disappointment was that you don’t get a lot of language practice in the curriculum, and I was looking forward to practising my Cantonese more.”

“The average student here is quite impressive in my opinion. You can count on making friends as well as dependable colleagues. I was able to find employment quickly after graduating in Social Anthropology, working for the British Council!”

TEF Award For Teaching and Student Outcomes

SOAS, University of London received the TEF Silver award

What does it measure?
TEF stands for "Teaching Excellence and Student Outcome Framework". The award is based on an assessment of undergraduate studies only.
It is primarily based on following criteria:
  • Student satisfaction
    This is based on data of the National Student Survey (NSS). In our section on student reviews you find detailed uptodate NSS survey results of SOAS, University of London.
  • Continuation / Dropout rates
    The percentage of students that continue their studies from year to year is based on data of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
  • Employment outcomes
    The percentage of students who after graduation either proceeded to further studies or are in highly skilled employment.
How does this compare to other universities?
Among all UK universities and colleges:
  • 72 received TEF Gold
  • 132 received TEF Silver
  • 56 received TEF Bronze
  • 175 received a provisional award.
Source: Office for students (last updated May 26, 2021)

StuDocu Student Reviews

StuDocu has published the StuDocu World University Ranking, which is entirely based on student reviews. Over 100.000 students have reviewed over 1500 universities worldwide. School of Oriental and African Studies is ranked in position 536 for Europe. Below you can find the 16 sub-ratings of School of Oriental and African Studies in comparison to the averages among all universities in England UK. For illustrative purposes we have transferred the original 10 point scale into a 5 star scale.

Studies
Overall score
3.3
Quality of Courses/Teaching
3.6
Employer Recruiting & Career Services
3
Financial Aid
2.4
Studying Remotely
3.2
Feeling of Inclusivity
4.1
Leisure
Quality of Life
3.4
Student Clubs/Associations
3.7
Sports Culture
3
Dating Scene
2.3
Campus
Common Areas & Sports Facilities
2.8
Safety on Campus
3.3
Location
4.3
Accessibility for Disabled Students
4.1
Food on Campus
2.7
Housing
2.8

NSS Aggregate Student reviews

Below you see the results of SOAS, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall student satisfaction: 76 (83 respondents)

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

TOP 10 Best rated degree courses of SOAS, University of London

  Course
1 Languages and Cultures and Music - BA 100/100 (7 student reviews)
2 East Asian Studies and Music - BA 100/100 (7 student reviews)
3 Music and Arabic - BA 100/100 (7 student reviews)
4 Creative Arts - BA 100/100 (7 student reviews)
5 Music and World Philosophies - BA 100/100 (7 student reviews)
6 History of Art (Asia, Africa, Europe) - BA 94/100 (8 student reviews)
7 Languages and Cultures and History of Art - BA 94/100 (8 student reviews)
8 Politics and International Relations - BA 94/100 (7 student reviews)
9 History of Art - BA 94/100 (8 student reviews)
10 International Relations and World Philosophies - BA 91/100 (10 student reviews)

TOP 10 highest earning degree courses of SOAS, University of London

Key facts

Institution type:
Public
campus setting:
Other campus
Programs:
Presential, distance learning
Facilities:
Library, sports facilities
University Size:
 students: 5800; staff: 700
religious affiliation:
No
Admissions:
Men and women (coed), yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Foundation year:
1916
students:
5800
undergraduates:
2695
postgraduates:
3105
academic staff:
700
Telephone:
+44 20 7637 2388
Fax:
+44 (20) 7436 3844
Address:
Thornhaugh Street
WC1H 0XG, London
England UK
Website:
https://www.soas.ac.uk/
Social:

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SOAS, University of London ranks for Social Studies & Humanities (Development Studies) #1 among universities in London and #2 among universities in England UK. It is ranked in 'QS World University Rankings By Subject'. See all rankings of SOAS, University of London.

SOAS, University of London ranks for Law (Law) #1 among universities in London and #25 among universities in England UK. It is ranked in 'CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject'. See all rankings of SOAS, University of London.

SOAS, University of London ranks for Arts Visual & Performing (History of Art) #1 among universities in London and #6 among universities in England UK. It is ranked in 'Good University Guide by Subject - The Times'. See all rankings of SOAS, University of London.

SOAS, University of London ranks for Languages & Literature (Modern Languages & Linguistics) #1 among universities in London and #33 among universities in England UK. It is ranked in 'The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject'. See all rankings of SOAS, University of London.

SOAS, University of London ranks for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies) #1 among universities in London and #22 among universities in England UK. It is ranked in 'QS World University Rankings By Subject'. See all rankings of SOAS, University of London.