SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and...

3 or 4 years

Fees 2016/17

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The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: No
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
37 (6/6/6)

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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%

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The Politics degree at SOAS is structured around four core subdisciplines, namely political theory, political sociology, political economy, and international relations. Students receive a thorough training in the theories and methods of these sub-disciplines, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations.

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By studying Politics at SOAS, students will gain detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of some of the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas unfolding in the world today. They will also learn to critically engage with and explore the relevance of social science concepts for understanding contemporary geopolitics, regional politics of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the ability to undertake analyses and comparisons of political developments in specific countries.

Teaching in the Department of Politics and International Studies combines an introduction to the discipline of politics as a comparative exercise together with awareness that comparisons must always respect the individuality of each country and population. This awareness is complemented by the work carried out in other departments of SOAS. A Politics degree at SOAS therefore gives our students a better opportunity than most to understand global politics since our courses cover the politics of three quarters of the globe. BA Politics may be taken as a single subject or two-subject degree.  A sampling of the courses we offer include Government and Politics of Asia, of China, of the Middle East, and of Africa, International Politics, Islam and Democracy, Politics of Development, Globalization and Global Governance, and Politics of Culture.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.


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Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

** Taught at King's College, London
*** Taught at Birkbeck College, London 

Key Information Set data

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This information describes the Politics component of a two-subject degree. Students taking Joint Honours with a language that involves three course units are required to take Introduction to Comparative Politics in their first year. These students are required to take Introduction to Political Theory 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'.
Year One
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 1 Unit Full Year
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 1 Unit Full Year
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 1 Unit Full Year
Year Two
ONE of the following DISCIPLINARY units:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 1 Unit Full Year
Political theory 153400054 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 1 Unit Full Year
ONE of the following REGIONAL units:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
Year Three
ONE to THREE units from the following:
The following units are available ONLY to FINAL year students, please see prerequisites
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa 153400057 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam and Democracy 153400065 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Culture 153400075 0.5 Unit Term 1
Politics of Gender 153400074 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in Turkish Politics 15 340 0076 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Independent study project in Politics 153400053 1 Unit Full Year
Politics, Economy, Society: Japan 153402001 0.5 Unit
Extended essay in Politics 153400058 0.5 Unit Term 1
Extended essay in Politics b 153400061 0.5 Unit Term 2
A course from the Year 2 DISCIPLINARY list
A course from the Year 2 REGIONAL list
Any course available to Year 3 students- an 'open option'
To take 153400057 you need to have taken 153400067 OR 153400014
To take 153400065 you must have taken a unit in Middle East OR South Asian Politics
To take 153400073, 153400070 or 153400068 you must have taken 153400014
To take 153400075 or 153400074 you must have taken 153400056 OR a Politics course from the list of regional courses
To take 153400053 you must have a mark of 2:1 or above in Year Two. Students CANNOT take BOTH an Independent Study Project and two Extended Essays.

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Year abroad

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

Teaching & Learning

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

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