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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 immediately after graduation include:

  • Management consultants and business analysts
  • Researchers
  • Teaching and other educational professionals 
  • Sales and retail assistants
  • Public services associate professionals
  • Officers of non-governmental organisations
  • Business and related associate professionals 
  • Business, research and administrative professionals 
  • Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
  • University researchers, unspecified discipline
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Functional managers and directors
  • Higher education teaching professionals
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Teaching assistants
  • School secretaries
  • Officers in armed forces
  • Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Public relations professionals
  • Investment/merchant bankers
  • Local government administrative occupations
  • Advertising accounts managers and creative directors
  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Commercial artists
  • Desktop publishing assistants and operators
  • Elementary administration occupations 
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Finance managers and directors

DLHE Statistics

The chart above shows that SOAS Politics and International Studies graduates are very employable. Graduate Destination Surveys from 2011-2012 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.

What do Graduates do?

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