SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc International Politics

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc in International Politics might be classified as a disciplinary MSc. In it, the objective is to give the student the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training in political theory, with special reference to the study of politics outside Europe and America. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write substantial papers that often require significant independent work.

Convenors

Structure

Students take taught modules to the value of 3 full units + dissertation. Modules taken must be equivalent to 3 half units per term [ie 3 courses in term 1 and 3 courses in term 2]

  • ONE half-unit from A (compulsory)
  • FIVE half units or equivalent from B, C and/ or D
  • Dissertation (compulsory) on some aspect of International Politics

*All modules offered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy are subject to convenors’ approval.

A. Compulsory Course:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International theory 15PPOH014 0.5 Unit Term 1
B. Up to TWO of the following TERM 1 half modules:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 0.5 Unit Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 0.5 Unit Term 1
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 0.5 Unit Term 2
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 0.5 Unit Term 1
Childhood, Politics and Law 15PPOH037 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 0.5 Unit Term 2
C. Up to THREE of the following TERM 2 half modules:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Politics of Transitional Justice 15PFFH010 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Asian Security 15PPOH027 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Security governance 15PPOH015 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 0.5 Unit Full Year
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 0.5 Unit Term 2
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
D. Up to TWO of the following FULL YEAR modules:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 1 Unit Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 1 Unit Full Year
International politics of Africa 15PPOC009 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
International Politics Of The Middle East Full unit Unit
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
International Economics 15PFFC004 1 Unit Full Year
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 1 Unit Full Year
E. Dissertation:

This would be focused on some aspect of International Politics raised by the compulsory course 15PPOH014.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 1 Unit Full Year

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught courses (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library
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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263

Employment

SOAS MSc International Politics students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of international politics, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.  

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
Consulate-General of Japan in New York
Danish Institute for International Studies
Finnish Broadcasting Company
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme Africa
NATO
Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway)
Reuters
Saïd Foundation
The Next Century Foundation
The Risk Advisory Group
The World Bank
United Nations Development Programme
United States Government
World Economic Forum
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Paralegal
Research Advisor
Middle East and North Africa Analyst
Associate Editor
Academic Relations Specialist
Journalist
Program Assistant, MENA
Political Risk Analyst
Oil and Gas Consultant
Regional Consultant
Social Media Manager and Contributor
Project Director
Operations Analyst
Lecturer
Project Manager


For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

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

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