The deadline for applying for a place is 31 August for September entry and 31 October for January entry (PhD and distance learning only).

Please read the following application guidelines carefully if you are considering applying to SAS.

The application process

  1. Identify the degree programme at SAS you wish to study: see all our courses
  2. Obtain electronic copies of your degree transcripts/certificates
  3. Obtain electronic copies of your English language proficiency documents (see requirements)
  4. Contact potential referee(s) to ask them to provide a reference to support your application
  5. Write your sample essay, if you are applying to the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, MA in Cultural and Intellectual History or MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture
  6. Write your research proposal, if you are applying to a MPhil/PhD
  7. Prepare your CV (see requirements)
  8. Prepare your personal statement
  9. Submit your application online

A non-refundable application fee of £50 will need to be paid before your application can be considered.

If you have any queries about the course application and/or admissions process, or if you require course and application material in hard copy, please fill in the online enquiry form.

All application documents must be submitted in English.

 

Degree transcripts/certificates

The academic transcript is a mandatory document for all applications.

Do not submit additional documents unless they are specifically requested. Admissions selectors will not use them when assessing your application unless they are required.

An academic transcript is a list of the programmes you have been enrolled on and the grades that you have received during your programme of study.

You must provide an official transcript from the Academic Registry or Student Records office at your institution. The transcript must be:

  • on institutional-headed paper;
  • be stamped and signed by the issuing office.

This can either be your final degree transcript and certificate, if you have completed your degree, or an interim transcript if you are currently studying for your degree.

If your documents are not in English, you must also upload a full translation of each document, prepared by your university or a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

 

References

We normally require two academic references, preferably from a current or past tutor who can comment on your academic work and ability. Applicants who graduated more than 3 years ago may submit one academic and one professional reference from a current or previous employer. Applicants who graduated more than 5 years ago may submit two professional references. 

If you are applying to the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, we will also accept an academic writing sample of at least 5000 words in lieu of a second reference.

We will not be contacting referees to request references, you must arrange for them to be submitted by the application deadline. Reference letters should be produced on headed paper, bear an original signature and must be written no earlier than six months prior to application. Referees must email their references to admissions@sas.ac.uk from their institutional email accounts

We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).

We can only accept confidential references. This means that your referee has written their letter objectively and that you have not read it. Therefore we cannot accept references that you email to us yourself.

 

English language requirements

All students whose first language is not English AND who are not nationals of a country deemed by the UK Home Office to be "majority English speaking", must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for postgraduate study. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying and living in the UK.

Evidence

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version, 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment - www.ielts.org
  • Trinity College London, ISE III exam = CEFR C1 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • If you need a Tier-4 Visa to study in the UK, you will require results from an IELTS for UKVI Academic test taken at an Approved Secure English Language Tests and Test Centres - 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from one of the countries deemed by the UK Home Office to be "majority English speaking".

The majority English-speaking countries as defined by the Home Office can be found here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/entry-requirements

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at SAS. Conditional offer holders will not be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) until they have met the conditions of their offer.

 

Personal identification

Evidence of your full name and date of birth as stated on your application. This must be a scan or photocopy of either your passport, passport, photo driving licence or EU National identity cards.

If you have changed your name from that which is on the above document or certificates, you must provide official evidence of the change, e.g. a scan or photocopy of your marriage certificate or statutory declaration.

 

Personal Statement

Please describe your academic interests and your reasons for applying for this course of study. Please include information about other qualifications, employment and voluntary work undertaken (including any overseas) if relevant to your application of c.500 words.

 

Academic Writing Sample

Applicants for the MA in Human Rights applicants should submit a sample of written work with their application. If it is not possible to present a recent piece of coursework from your first (or other) degree, then perhaps you may have something relating to your work that you could use, or failing that, please write a short editorial opinion piece which could take the form of a review / analysis of an article or text, preferably on an issue relating to human rights of c.1000 words.
    
Applicants to the Warburg Institute should submit a sample of written work either with their application or prior to interview, preferably in English. If it is not possible to present a recent piece of coursework from your first (or other) degree, then perhaps you may have something relating to your work that you could use, or failing that, please write a short editorial opinion piece which could take the form of a review or analysis of an artwork, exhibition, article or book. Written work should not exceed 2000/3000 words (including any footnotes)

 

Research Proposal

As part of the application for admission all Research and Doctoral programmes you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study. The aim of the proposal is to determine your area of research interest so you can be matched with an appropriate supervisor, and to give you an opportunity to demonstrate to us that you have the aptitude to undertake doctoral level research.

It is the most important document submitted as part of your application, so we strongly encourage you to spend time preparing it.

Your research proposal should be no longer than 2,000 words in length, plus a bibliography, must be attached on a separate sheet and a Curriculum Vitae.

 

CV

We recommend you include a CV as part of your application. Your CV should be included if you are applying to a Research or MRes in Historical Research programme.

 

MPhil/PhD applicants by Distance Learning only: Research Degrees by Distance Learning form

As part of the application process you will need to submit the Research Degrees by Distance Learning form by uploading the document on to the portal. Please note that we are unable to consider your application if you do not submit this form.

 

Wait for a decision

Institutes will aim to make to make decisions on applications within 28 working days, although where an interview takes place, this may not be possible. 

 

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