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Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Destinations

The study of Asian and African politics, whether at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, provides an intellectual challenge to any individual genuinely interested in understanding or adding to the world's knowledge of politics. Such study equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of careers both in and out of the academic world. The analytical task of understanding not only the politics of another country but also the interaction of culture and society with political forms and forces provides amongst the most stimulating of intellectual opportunities. The Department of Political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies offers that opportunity.

How does a degree in Politics and International Studies help with my career?

The department of Politics and International Studies enables students to follow many different careers in business, government, international organisations and NGOs.  Students leave SOAS with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of global politics.  They are also equipped with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek including; the ability to research information from a variety of sources; analytical skills; written and oral communication skills to set out and discuss opinions and conclusions; and presentation skills.

Former Politics and International Studies students have gone on to employment in a wide range of professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors.  The Politics and International Studies programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destinations of recent graduates from this department (including combined degrees) immediately after graduation are listed below.

Example employers include:

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Cent
Action on Addiction
Adam Consulting
Aker Business Management
Swiss Embassy in Tunisia
Amnesty International
Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky
Association For Democratic Reforms
BBC World Service
British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union
BTI Studios
Business Monitor International
Casa Dei Diritti Sociali
China Aluminium International Trading Co., Ltd.
China Telecom
Christian Aid
City Credit Capital
Cleantech Group
Crowe Clark Whitehill
Dagens Næringsliv
Department of Health
Deutsche Post DHL
Deutscher Bundestag
DHA Designs
Edge of Arabia
Embassy of Japan in Saudi Arabia
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
Euro Monitor International
European Economics & Financial Centre
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Financial Times
Flower Ball London
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Freelance Film Producer
Geronimo Inns
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Great Exhibition
Gulf Centre For Strategic Studies
Halsa Care Group
Härryda Kommun
ICM Research
Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd
Indian National Congress (INC)
Institute of International Relations (IDIS)
International Labour Organisation (ILO)
IPIC (International Petroleum Investment Company)
Iraq Britain Business Council
Islam Channel
Jordan Times
Kick It Out
League Of Arab States (LAS)
Living Well
Management Centre Türkiye
Media Measurement
Mergermarket Group
Microfinance Information Exchange
Middle East Institute
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Republic of Indonesia
Minority Rights Group International
Mizuho Bank
Molucca Media Ltd
University of Leoben
Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Oil Barrel Collection
Oredal Sàrl
Other Solutions Consulting
Ping Pong
Ping Pong
Platinum Corporation
Private Individuals
Reed Elsevier
Royal Danish Embassy, Pretoria
Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
Swiss Youth in Science
Selçuk University
Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors
SnapDragon Consulting
Solace Women's Aid
Somali Relief & Development Forum
Sun Contractors Ltd
Teach A Man to Fish
Teach First
The Greenery
The Risk Advisory Group
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
U.S. Department of State
United Nations
Université de Genève
Vivid Resourcing
War Child
Wilberforce Primary
Woolf Institute
Example job titles include:
2nd Secretary (Political Section)
Academic Tutor
Academy Executive Graduate Trainee
Account Executive
Account Manager
Administration Manager
Africa Programme Assistant
Assistant Manager
Assistant Merchandiser
Assistant Professor
Associate Consultant
Business Analysis Consultant
Business Development Co-Ordinator
Business Director
Business Mobilisation Officer
Business Relationship Manager
Chief Development Economist
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Civil Servant
Client Relations Manager
Co-Founder and Co-Ordinator
Communications and Campaigns Manager
Content Writer
Desk Officer
Digital Fundraising Intern
Diplomacy Intern
Editorial Intern
Education Officer
Emerging Markets Fellow
Employer Liaison Support Officer
Equity Sales Analyst
Event Organiser
Events Manager
Executive Assistant
Executive Manager
Executive Personal Assistant (PA)
Export Manager
Financial Analyst
Forensic Assurance Associate
Founding Partner
Freelance Film Producer
Freelance Language Editor
Frontier Market Analyst
Fundraising Intern
Graduate Programme Participant
Graduate Recruitment Co-Ordinator
Information Strategy Analyst
Information Unobtainable
Intelligence Analyst
International Programmes Intern
International Relations Specialist
International Sales Manager
Investment Analyst
Japan Practice in Tax Graduate
Junior Consultant

Junior Research Fellow
Junior Supply Chain Worker
Legal Assistant
Management Consultant
Management Co-Ordinator
Marketing and Event Management Consultant
Marketing and Events Co-Ordinator
Marketing and International Operations Trainee
Marketing Manager
News Reporter
Officer Cadet
Perception and Reputation Research Assistant
Policy Adviser
Policy and Communications Assistant
Political Analyst
Political Researcher
Political Research Assistant
Political Secretary
Political-Economic Intern
Primary School Language Teacher
Product Manager
Programme Associate
Programme Manager
Programmes Co-Ordinator
Project Assistant
Project Management Development Co-Operation Intern
Project Manager
Project Manager
Project Manager/Foreign Correspondent/Journalism Trainer
Public Relations Professional
Publishing Assistant
Recruitment Consultant
Research Analyst
Research and Business Manager
Research Assistant
Research Associate
Research Consultant
Research Executive
Resource Co-Ordinator
Risk Advisory Group Intern
Risk Management Adviser
Second Secretary
ADR Project Manager
Self-Employed Tutor
Senior Manager
Senior Researcher
Shop Assistant
Social Impact Officer
Social Performance Analyst
Staff Editor
Strategic Analyst
Student Research Assistant
Television Producer
Trainee Chartered Accountant
Training and Administration Co-Ordinator


DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

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