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Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations and ...

Combined degree

Duration: 3 or 4 years


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2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAA
  • IB: 37 (6/6/6)
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: 80%

Start of programme: 2014/15

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The SOAS BA International Relations degree provides a uniquely global and comparative approach to the study of world affairs. Through a study of world history and global power relations, students gain a better understanding of the sources of conflict and cooperation among states, shifts in the international economy, as well as the roles of culture, identity and ideas in world politics. Students finish the degree equipped with the conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks to understand contemporary world events.

The BA International relations programme is structured around a combination of disciplinary, regional and specialised courses, with opportunities to take other Politics option courses (e.g. Political Theory, government and Politics of the Middle east, Islam and Democracy) or a language.’

Teaching on the International relations degree focuses on providing students with individual attention and mentoring. All students are encouraged to specialise in a particular area of interest in their final year, by undertaking an independent study project, which pairs them with a member of staff. We also offer advice on careers, internships and further study in international affairs.


May be combined with

The study of International Relations can be combined with a wide range of social science and humanities subjects, or with the study of languages and regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East only available at SOAS.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

+ 4 year degree with (compulsory) 1  year abroad
++ 3 or 4 year degree with option of 1 year abroad
* Taught at Kings College London


This information describes the International Relations component of a two-subject degree.  Students taking Joint Honours with a language that involves three course units are required to take Introduction to International Relations in their first year.  These students are required to take EITHER Introduction to Global History OR Introduction to Political Analysis subsequently.

  • Students may take a minimum of FIVE courses in Politics to qualify for a joint degree.
  • Students may take no more than TWO course units as 'open options'.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

Year One
And TWO Courses from the Second Subject Area
Year Two
ONE of the following disciplinary units:
ONE of the following regional units:
Remaining Courses to be taken from the Second Subject Area
Year Three
AT LEAST ONE unit from the following:
Additional units from the following:
Remaining Courses to be taken from the Second Subject Area

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Year abroad

If Politics is combined with a language in a 4-year degree course, students spend a study year abroad

A Student's Perspective

SOAS picks up where other universities leave off. Others might give you knowledge that is predominantly western oriented. SOAS, on the other hand, gives you an understanding of non-western languages, cultures and countries which is increasingly important in a globalised world.

Ally Clifton