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, the School provides an unrivalled scholarly community in which to pursue postgraduate study and research.  

World-class postgraduate programmes in the humanities

The School offers nearly thirty full- and part-time postgraduate programmes (MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil, and PhD) in a wide range of humanities subjects, including art history, classics, Commonwealth studies, English and American literature and culture, history and historical research, human rights, Latin American studies, law, and modern languages. In addition to these campus-based programmes, we offer distance learning PhDs in a range of subject areas and master’s degree programmes in law and in refugee/migration studies. Our popular short courses and summer schools focus on specialist law subjects, literature, palaeography and book history, and oral history.

Unique learning and research environment

Our students benefit from the School’s collaborative research environment, specialist libraries, and opportunities to participate in an extensive programme of events. They may attend or present at one of our numerous research seminar series, which spark innovative thinking across disciplinary boundaries. Many of our students organise national and international academic events related to their subjects of study, and the School provides generous support enabling them to do so.

The School is committed to delivering excellence in its research and teaching at all levels and to maintaining its high standards. Read our access and participation statement [Word].

Research training

Our research training programme draws on the extensive research and teaching expertise of staff in our nine institutes and the University of London. Sessions are offered primarily in face-to-face settings, although many can be accessed online. In addition to subject-specific training, we offer courses in the software and information management tools you'll need to complete your research effectively. Social media training is also available. 

Most of our research training is available free of charge to postgraduate students and early-career researchers across the UK.  

Our students also have access to seminars and research training offered by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network


Public and cultural engagement

Our students have many opportunities to gain hands-on practical experience in creating humanities programming for the public. Chief among these is the national (and now international) Being Human festival, held in November each year, which brings together universities, museums, galleries, libraries, and other partners to stage stimulating and engaging activities that make humanities research accessible and relevant, strengthen community identity, and increase understanding of the relevance of the humanities to local and international issues.

The School takes pride in helping its students benefit from public engagement activities, which can help them gain new perspectives and insights on their work. You can read more about our public engagement activities here.


Academic writing support

The School hosts a Royal Literary Fund Fellow who is available to help master's and research students adjust to the demands of academic writing. The fellow offers confidential, one-to-one tutorials during which students can discuss any aspect of their academic writing. Typical problems discussed in tutorials include struggling to start writing after a long period of research; being overwhelmed by one's materials; difficulties with editing an overlong piece of work; difficulties structuring an argument; not knowing how to write an effective introduction or conclusion; difficulties with ‘flow’ -- getting from one paragraph to another; planning and organisation -- leaving things too late, uncertainty about how to plan a piece of written work, or not leaving enough time for drafting; questions of grammar and punctuation; and questions of style. 


Training in Modern Languages for Research Students

The School’s research students have access, via King’s College London, to specialist training in a range of modern languages. Facility in a modern language other than English not only underpins high quality research, but enriches personal and social development. Researchers in all disciplines need skills in spoken as well as written languages to communicate their research more broadly, to take up and make the most of opportunities to study and work overseas, or collaborate with overseas partners. 


Study in London

Study in London

London is one of the most popular destinations for students, but why do so many people consider studying here? There are, of course, lots of reasons why students decide study in London, but we have condensed them into 7 top reasons to study in London to help make your choice of study destination just that bit easier.
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