School of Advanced Study

School of Advanced Study
Type Graduate school
Established 1994 (1994)
Parent institution
University of London
Dean Roger Kain
Location London, England, United Kingdom
Campus Urban

The School of Advanced Study, a postgraduate institution of the University of London, is the UK's national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. It was established in 1994 and is located in Senate House, in Bloomsbury, central London, close to the British Museum, British Library and several of the colleges of the University of London. The School brings together nine prestigious research institutes, many of which have long and distinguished histories, to provide a large range of specialist research services, facilities and resources. Through its many activities the School's core aim is to provide an environment for the support, evaluation and pursuit of research which is accessible to postgraduate, postdoctoral and senior members of all Higher Education institutions in the United Kingdom and beyond.


The School was established on 1 August 1994. It's component institutes range in age; the oldest, the Institute of Historical Research, was founded in 1921; the youngest, the Institute of Philosophy, was founded in 2005.


The School is located in Senate House, the administrative centre of the University of London, in Bloomsbury, central London. It is close to the British Museum, the British Library and several of the colleges and institutions of the University of London, including University College London, Birkbeck, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the UCL Institute of Education.

Organisation and structure

The School of Advanced Study at the Senate House History Day, 2016.

The Member Institutes of the School are:[1]

The Institutes of the School provide a range of specialist research services in their subject areas of expertise. In furtherance of their national and international role the Institutes of the School undertake high quality research; maintain and develop library collections and services; develop digital resources; publish journals and book series; host visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows; organise a range of academic events including workshops, conferences, seminars and lectures; provide specialist research training and postgraduate taught, research and doctoral programmes.


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