School of Advanced Study, University of London

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London 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. 



The School of Advanced Study, University of London, was created in 1995 to bring together nine research institutes focusing on the humanities and social sciences. These institutes facilitate advanced study in their respective fields for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community and the public. 


The School of Advanced Study offers full- and part-time postgraduate programmesin a wide range of humanities and social science subjects, including art history, classics, Commonwealth studies, English and American literature, history and historical research, human rights, Latin American studies, law, and modern languages.Students benefit from learning in a collaborative research environment and can participate in an extensive programme of events, research training, and international networks. Degrees offered include MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil, and PhD. 


The School of Advanced Study understands that humanities and social science researchers need different types of support at different stages of their careers. It provides training for masters and doctoral students across the UK and beyond, offering discipline-specific face-to-face and online instruction that draws on the expertise of its nine institutes and the University of London. Through its extensive fellowship programme, the School provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to begin their academic careers in a stimulating and nurturing environment. The School also provides prestigious stipendiary fellowships for more senior scholars.  


School of Advanced Study graduates work in a range of careers in many countries around the world. Many students earning masters degrees continue on to PhD programmes with the goal of becoming academics and researchers; many work in national and local government, the media, nongovernmental organisations, law firms, financial institutions, publishing houses, intergovernmental agencies, and the heritage and culture sectors. Students have access to the University of London Careers Group, the largest careers service in the UK, which offers one-on-one consulting and career-focused events.  

Master's Programmes

Humanities (7)
Social Sciences (7)
Law (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)


Housing services

Full-time students who have been offered a place can apply for accommodation in one of the University of London’s Halls of Residence. Complete information can be found on the School’s website.

Library services

Senate House Library is the central library of the University of London, including the School of Advanced Study. With more than two million books and 1,800 archival collections, it is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries focused on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It holds a wealth of material from the medieval period to the modern age.

ICT services

Students in the School of Advanced Study are provided with a personal email account and have access to PC workstations in Senate House Library, a high-speed wireless network in Senate House, and the expertise of staff in the Digital Resource Centre and the IT Service Desk. 

Medical services

Students may register for free National Health Service (NHS) care with their local doctor (GP surgery). There are two GP surgeries near the School. 

Student Life

Campus life

The School of Advanced Study is based in Senate House, a beautiful Art Deco building located in the heart of Bloomsbury. Most programmes are based here, as is the School’s Registry Office. It is adjacent to the British Museum and within easy walking distance of many other world-leading research resources, including the British Library. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is located in a separate building near Russell Square; the Warburg Institute has its own building in Woburn Square. Both are a five-minute walk from Senate House.

Student clubs

SASiety is a student-run organisation for SAS students of all ages, from all institutes, studying all programmes. Its aim is to provide a social space in which students can meet each other and relax. The group manages the student common room, which includes cooking facilities and wifi access.

London, England, United Kingdom