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  • Development
    too much and yet not enough

    I applied to SOAS because of its high ranking specifically in the subject I was planning to study, so I didn’t really research much about campus life. The student body is very politically and socially active, and an undergraduate would thrive here but as a postgraduate with just a year there, I couldn’t find the time or desire to participate in the societies and events. It’a wonderfully diverse, the courses and societies are more of a niche fit than for everyone, so you are guaranteed to find like minded people once you figure out where you belong, and you’ll never be short of intellectual debate. However, the administration is abysmal. Every department is always too busy to cater to the students, and I deal with anxiety when something isn’t set right so picture a lot of sleepless nights if you’re like me. The exam office messed up my result, the finance department is slow to respond, and there is poor service overall in that aspect.

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    Programme: Development
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Development Economics
    Learning

    Not the best, but very good and challenging. It helps you explore many avenues that you might not have before. It is filled with peers who have different skill sets and you can collectively learn from them.

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    Programme: Development Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: London
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  • Economics
    Love SOAS!

    Doing a degree at SOAS is great for someone who wants a real-world and global focus to their degree. This makes for really interesting class discussions and an overall more exciting learning experience. Lecturers and tutors are usually pretty good but I’ve given 4 stars because of the Maths department and the disappointing teaching that has been delivered in that respect. Overall my experience at SOAS is great- diverse environment, good events and a great location!

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    Programme: Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Social Anthropology
    A jolly good place to be!

    I joined SOAS for a two-year part-time MA in Social Anthropology and had a wonderful experience throughout. The faculty, course structure/organisation, administration and student services were all excellent, and in the two years there I personally had zero problems or negative experiences. I still recall my days there very fondly – long live SOAS!

    Note: I’m only giving ‘accommodations’ 3 stars because I didn’t use them but have to give a rating, so staying neutral!

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    Programme: Social Anthropology
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2010
    Campus: London
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  • History
    SOAS DEPARTMENTS AND ADMIN WORSEN YOUR HEALTH

    During your time as a SOAS student, pray you do not face mental, physical, personal or financial situation that will leave you no option but to turn to your university for support services. SOAS will cause your mental health stability to deteriorate, they will prompt you to pursue incorrect advice that will ruin your student status for student finance and you have to keep chasing for 6 months before your issue is resolved and you will have to repeat yourself multiple times because no department or admin team communicate with each other, apparently.

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    Programme: History
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Development Economics
    Great school for heterodox economics

    Provides a well-rounded and critical Economics education, with exposition to orthodox and heterodox economics. Several prominent lecturers and professors teaching there, and holds many weekly public lectures and periodic conferences and seminars involving prominent external speakers. Lecturers substantially engaged with external activities which postgraduate and even undergraduate students can get involved in.

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    Programme: Development Economics
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Law
    The diverse body of students and professors.

    It has a high academic standard and encourages its students to think about different issues with an open mind. The environment allows all kinds of people to coexist and work towards their degrees. SOAS provides what it stands for, a different perspective on the study of Asia and Africa through all of its degrees.

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    Programme: Law
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • Economics
    Lorenzo
    Teaching quality is great!

    SOAS is a very diverse and unique university. Students are challenged to question traditional ideas and formed into critical and audacious thinkers much needed in today’s society. The multicultural setting creates a space for acceptance and mutual respect all within a small community. The SOAS campus can actually be called a campus because of the proximity of all the lecture theatres and main buildings. There are a wide range of student societies and they offer authentic opportunities for networking. Teaching staff are excellent and make great efforts to deliver engaging teaching.__ Although the SOAS ‘environment’ can be difficult to absorb and fully comprehend at first, it holds within an enriching experience and valuable lesson.

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    Programme: Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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  • History and ...
    International Relations
    Students and teachers make SOAS great but poor management undermines that

    SOAS is a very interesting place with a specific and vibrant culture that I really haven’t found at other unis. The students are really passionate and active when it comes to student and world politics and voice their opinions about problems. If you are interested in protest and activism it’s a great place to be. Social spaces are really lively and have a very diverse mix of people there. It has a strong sense of community.____Classes tend to be well taught and often are led by specialists in their fields. However, often the core modules (which you have to take) are very boring and useless. There aren’t many teaching hours at all (8-12 per week) so you have to be really self-motivated and read a lot to do well academically. If you are struggling tutors are usually very happy to help.____The management and administration at SOAS are very poor. Admin takes a long time to do anything which can be quite stressful. Management makes terrible decisions which are not in the best interests of the students all the time (such as cuts to the library) which students actively oppose. Valerie Amos (the director) is not around very much and feels quite removed. There is poor communication between management and students and generally, it’s quite a hostile relationship. Also, SOAS is in financial trouble so there are a lot of cuts being made to services.____Despite its flaws, SOAS is still a good place to study because what it offers is so different from other unis. Its non-western focus is important and lecturers and students often challenge the normative academic discourse. This is probably the most valuable thing that SOAS has to offer.

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    Programme: History and International Relations
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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  • International Journalism
    Refreshing literature and style of teaching

    My favourite thing is about SOAS is the focus on the Globally South. Having spent my academic life learning about the opinions of the western world, it is so refreshing to read literature on and have debates about regions in the world that are far more relevant to me and my upbringing. ____I appreciate the diversity in the reading, in terms of the author as well as rigor.

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    Programme: International Journalism
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: London
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