School of Advanced Study - University of London

London, United Kingdom

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The School of Advanced Study was established within the University of London in 1994. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences.

The School was founded to protect, foster and develop an approach to study in the humanities and social sciences which owes its origins to the activities of its constituent Institutes. The Institute model unites the Institutes in the common goal of the promotion of research for the benefit of the wider scholarly community.

As a consequence, the intellectual life of the School is rich and varied. Internally, Institutes respond to each other's interests, not least by designing and carrying through joint events such as conferences and seminars, and by more generally encouraging their staff, students and Fellows to cross the boundaries between their disciplines. Externally, the diversity of research interests, resources and approaches has made the School, through particular Institutes, an attractive partner in recent years for a wide range of UK and overseas institutions, in conference organisation, in mounting research projects and programmes.

The School's central offices and the member Institutes are housed in and around the University of London's Senate House, in central London, and are close to the most of the Colleges of the University, the Senate House Library, the British Library, the British Museum and many educational and research resources including other national museums and collections, and the London offices of a large number of national, international, commercial, and government institutions and organisations. The School is a base for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, especially across the member Institutes' fields of study.


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The University offersa range of academic and commercial services. Many of these are available to use not only by members of the University community but by the public in general. Whether you are looking to hire facilities or seek careers advice the University of London can help you.

The internationally renowned research libraries located in the Institutes together with the Senate House Library form the Senate House Libraries, a combined collection of almost 3 million volumes. Students in the School have full membership of the Senate House Library and access to any of the Institute-based libraries.

Students may also have access to other specialist London libraries that have close academic links with the School including the British Library, the University of London Institute in Paris, the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Bibliographical Society.

The Schools full-time students are eligible for places in the University of London Intercollegiate Halls of Residence. However, students with disabilities which prevent them from studying on a full-time basis are also eligible to apply.

Students may register for free National Health care with their local GP. Alternatively, the University contracts with the at the Central Institutions Health Service in Gower Street, close to Senate House. An alternative provider is the Bedford Square Medical Center on nearby Bloomsbury Street, telephone: +44 (0) 207 7128.

Students Union

The University of London Union has excellent facilities for students including advice services, clubs, shops, sports facilities and a swimming pool on Malet Street, which is a very short distance from Senate House.

The Specialist Institutions Careers Service (SICS) provides professional advice and guidance to the Schools students. SICS organises talks, seminars and workshops on career development issues and on job-finding skills and liaises with the School in running events specific to our students. The SICS has a library of occupational information which covers areas, in the UK and overseas, likely to be of interest to the Schools students and includes literature on job-seeking and career development skills, further academic and professional study; videos and DVDs on career development skills, and on professional organisations and employers.

The School and the Institutes outside Senate House have common rooms used by students, academics and research staff providing refreshment facilities and opportunities for informal meetings and conversation. They are located at:

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, basement, 17 Russell Square.

Institute of Historical Research, ground floor, North Block, Senate House (shared with the School).

The Warburg Institute, basement, Woburn Square.

Additionally, there is a small cafe selling fresh coffee, sandwiches, pastries and snacks in the North Block of Senate House.

All are accessible for mobility impaired.

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