School of Advanced Study, University of London

London, England, United Kingdom
The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences.



Founded in 1994, the School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the only institution in the UK that is nationally funded to promote and facilitate research in the humanities.


We offer full- and part-time postgraduate programmes (MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil and PhD)Our students benefit from our collaborative research environment and opportunities to participate in our extensive programme of events, research training, and networks. Graduates are awarded a University of London degree.

  • Research degrees
  • Master's degrees
  • Short courses


The School unites 9 internationally renowned research institutes at the University of London to form the UK's national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Underpinning the School’s national mission to support and promote high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences is the research and scholarship undertaken by its academic staff. The process of undertaking challenging research in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines and in collaboration with researchers from around the world is critical to the School’s function as an innovative space for advanced study and its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship.


The School is served by the Careers Service of the University of London Careers Group, the largest graduate careers service in the UK. The Careers Service offers expertise and experience in working with students and graduates of all ages and at all stages of career development. They offer help to any School postgraduate student interested in developing their careers, either within their current field of work or in something completely new.

Services include:

  • Drop-in advice service
  • Early evening advisory service
  • In-depth career discussions
  • Practice interview preparation
  • Careers library
  • Part-time jobs, internships and graduate schemes

Master's Programmes

Humanities (7)
Social Sciences (5)
Law (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)


Student services

What is Student Central?

Welcome to Student Central! If you're studying for a University of London degree you're automatically entitled to be a member of Student Central (formerly University of London Union).
Full Student Central (students only) membership is free and enables you to get involved with everything the organisation has to offer including sports, societies, online tickets and access into our bars.
The University of London probably isn't what you applied to on your UCAS form. That’s because the University is a collection of 18 self-governing Colleges and 9 other smaller specialist research Institutes. For example, if you study at UCL, you’re also part of the University of London.

Housing services

The School of Advanced Study has been allocated quota places in the following intercollegiate Halls of Residence for full-time students who have been offered a place of study:

The University of London Housing Services offers practical help and advice to students and has access to competitively priced private accommodation. In particular, the UoL Housing Services Property Management Unit offers a range of managed self-catering accommodation for full-time postgraduate students. 

Library services

The institute libraries of the School together with the Senate House Library form Senate House Libraries, one of the world's most significant collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

ICT services

Digital Resource Centre

As a student of the School you have access to the public workstations in Senate House Library. Workstations are available in the Digital Resources Centre on the 4th floor of the Library in the Middlesex South reading room and in the Special Collections reading room.

All of these workstations provide access to:

  • Library webpages, catalogues and databases provided by the Senate House Libraries
  • networked information resources on CD
  • an extensive range of multimedia software catering for audio, video and DVD (each workstation is equipped with headphones)
  • self-service printing
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Bibliographic management software

Medical services

All School students may register for free National Health care with their local doctor (GP surgery). You may wish to register with one of the two local GP surgeries near to the School:

  • Central Institutions Health Service
  • Bedford Square Medical Centre

Student Life

Campus life

The School's location within the University of London precinct in Bloomsbury, central London, allows easy access to the rich cultural amenities of London. The institutes benefit from the participation of visiting researchers and guest speakers working in government, diplomacy, business and development, the cultural and heritage industries, and other universities from around the world

Sports facilities

Student Central offers many opportunities to have fun, make new friends and get the most out of University life. We have over 40 clubs and societies available and if we don’t have what you’re after, you can always set up your own! If you are a member of a group at one of the constituent colleges and want to collaborate with similar groups to yourselves, perhaps you should consider creating a Student Central Network.

Many Student Central clubs exist in order to provide specialist or less-mainstream sports, and also to provide competitive opportunities for athletes in sports that are not necessarily offered within individual colleges, such as polo, lifesaving, or sailing.

Student clubs


  • Breakdance
  • Dancesport
Field Sports
  • Athletics/Cross Country/Triathlon
  • Cricket
  • Lacrosse
General Interest
  • Art
  • Debate
  • Harry Potter
  • Legal Forum
  • St John Ambulance LINKS
Indoor Sports
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
Martial Arts
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz
  • Orchestra
  • LGBT
Other Sports & Outdoor Activities
  • Archery
  • Ice Hockey
  • Mountaineering
  • Polo
  • Rifle
  • Skydiving
  • Snowsports
Religious/Cultural Groups
  • Koinonia
  • Krishna West
  • Overseas Christian Fellowship
Water-based Activities
  • Canoe Polo
  • Lifesaving
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Sub-Aqua
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo


The School is a unique institution. It receives special funding directly from HEFCE to support and promote research in the humanities and social sciences; the only institution in the UK to receive national funding for this purpose. Its central role then is to support the research of others and this is reflected in the excellence of its research support and promotion activities. For this reason, the School does not enter the REF, the UK’s Research Assessment Framework (formerly the Research Assessment Exercise), which is used to measure the research excellence of universities in the UK. Instead it undergoes separate periodic reviews to ensure its work and activities continue to justify its special funding.

London, England, United Kingdom

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