Graduate study

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities. Located at the heart of the University of London in Bloomsbury, SAS provides an unrivalled scholarly community in which to pursue postgraduate study and research.

We offer full- and part-time postgraduate programmes (MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil and PhD) in:

  • Art history
  • French / German / Hispanic / Italian / Portuguese cultures and literatures
  • History, including cultural history and the history of the book
  • Human rights
  • International corporate governance, financial regulation
  • Law
  • Politics and international development
  • Taxation

Our students benefit from our collaborative research environment and opportunities to participate in our extensive programme of events, research training, and networks.  

Our central London location in Senate House provides easy access to world-leading research resources and the expertise of local academic centres, museums and libraries, including the Senate House Library with one of the most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The British Museum, British Library, UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck, Institute of Education, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSE and King's College are all nearby.

Our graduates are awarded a University of London degree.

Master's degrees in culture, language and literature, history, human rights and law

MPhil and PhD
Research degrees in Commonweath, English, Germanic and Romance studies, history and law

Palaeography, T.S. Eliot, book studies and protection of refugees

Gabriella Wass (UK)
MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights

"The MA in Human Rights course appealed to me because it seemed to be so full of active, diverse people who I could learn from, and the breadth of study really attracted me. This seemed to be the course that offered the most whilst opening doors and letting me work in a beautiful part of London.

I love how honest and passionate our teachers are and the fantastic opportunities we’ve had, from working one day a week for NGOs, mine was as an intern at ChildHope, to visiting Geneva and networking at the UN. I feel I have personally benefited from the focused learning environment, the connections, the inspirational people surrounding me and the intellectual and supportive atmosphere.

In addition to human rights law and theory, the course has given us useful tools for our future work – how to construct funding proposals, for example – which I’ve already had to lean on in my practical experience. We get to see some seriously inspirational people talking too. The Nobel Peace Prize holder Shirin Ebadi, Tony Benn and Albie Sachs have all spoken at events at the Institute.

I feel I have benefited enormously from this course. The knowledge I’ve gained and the connections I’ve made have evolved me from a place a year ago when I felt quite daunted and confused, to being in a really driven, focused position. This has been one of the most intense, happy, fast, difficult, wonderful, exciting years of my life. I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to have had the opportunity to do all that I’ve done on this course.”


Young girl gazing over rubble

The Refugee Law Initiative is pioneering a distance learning course on refugee and migration studies to play its part in addressing the problems caused by the escalating global refugee crisis.



Section of original Ministry of Infromation 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster

A new project hosted by the Institute of English Studies will analyse and digitise primary resources from the Ministry of Information located at Senate House during World War II.