The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated CeFiMS tutor.
We will send you study materials developed by academics at SOAS. These include a core subject guide for each course; a study calendar; and further textbooks and collections of key readings.
When you register, you gain access to your Student Portal. You can then access your universiy email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.
- The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
Most students take three years to complete the MSc, but this can vary according to need.
The study calendar consists of five sessions per year. Each session is devoted to a specific module and lasts eight weeks (with the exception of the first session which runs for 10 weeks). During each session you should expect to study between 15-20 hours per week.
Each module is assessed by a three-hour unseen written exam (70% of the module mark), and two assignments of 2,500 words (30% of the mark). The dissertation is assessed by a thesis of 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices).
Exams take place once a year in September/October. You have two attempts to pass an exam, after which your registration will cease.
More about exams.