MSc International Politics
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum 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.
Start of programme: September intake onlyThe 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.
Students take taught courses to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:
- ONE half-unit from A (compulsory) and ONE half-unit from B
- ONE unit from C
- ONE unit (or 2 half-units) from D
- Dissertation (compulsory) on some aspect of International Politics
A. Compulsory Course:
- International theory - 15PPOH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
B. ONE from the following:
- Violence, justice and the politics of memory - 15PPOH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East - 15PPOH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- International migration and diaspora politics - 15PPOH012 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Security governance - 15PPOH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Power in world politics - 15PPOH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Conflict, rights and justice - 15PPOH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Geopolitics: Space and Power - 15PPOH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Comparative International Political Thought - 15PPOH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Foreign policy analysis - 15PPOH013 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- International Politics of Human Rights - 15PPOH026 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- International Political Economy - 15PPOH031 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- The Indian Ocean in World Politics - 15PPOH032 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective - 15PPOH034 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Political Thought on the Just Rebellion - 15PPOH030 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
C. ONE from the following Regional International Politics courses:
- International politics of Africa - 15PPOC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- China and international politics - 15PPOC018 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International politics of the Middle East - 15PPOC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International politics of East Asia - 15PPOC251 (1 Unit) - Full Year
D. ONE from the following Regional Politics courses (or two half courses):
- Islamic/Democratic Political Thought - 15PPOC255 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State and development in Asia and Africa - 15PPOC017 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State & society in Asia & Africa - 15PPOC008 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- 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
- 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
- State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Political society in the Middle East - 15PPOH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- State and transformation in the Middle East - 15PPOH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Japan Unravelled - 15PPOH033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research - 15PPOH035 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Approaches to Comparative Political Thought - 15PPOH028 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
This would be focused on some aspect of International Politics raised by the compulsory course 15PPOH014.
- Dissertation in Political Studies - 15PPOC999 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Teaching & 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.
Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.
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.
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.
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.
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
Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway)
The Next Century Foundation
The Risk Advisory Group
The World Bank
United Nations Development Programme
United States Government
World Economic Forum
Middle East and North Africa Analyst
Academic Relations Specialist
Program Assistant, MENA
Political Risk Analyst
|Oil and Gas Consultant|
Social Media Manager and Contributor
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How to apply
How to apply
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Application Deadline: 2014-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2014-02-28 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Berkay Gulen, MSc International Politics
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