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Department of the Study of Religions

MA Religion and Global Politics

Subject to final approval


Start of programme: October 2014 - pending final approval

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The programme is designed to appeal to policy-makers, analysts, journalists and researchers in either international, national or regional institutions and organisations engaged in policy formation, inter-religious dialogue and community development, social work, development, conflict resolution, peace building or diversity management. It will also provide a solid basis from which to pursue doctoral study. The programme is intended to enable professional development in the area of ‘Religion and Politics’ as well to provide pre-doctoral research training in social scientific analyses of ‘Religion and Politics.

The MA Religion and Global Politics at SOAS is  unique: it has a regional focus rarely, if at all addressed in similar programmes in the subject area, draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives (Law, International Relations and Politics, Development, Anthropology, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and Gender Studies) and has a rigorous theoretical basis built in, such that students will be familiarised with the current state-of-the-art debates regarding religion in the public sphere, secularisms, postsecularism, and political theology. The range of course options available on the programme is unparalleled ensuring that students will benefit from a truly interdisciplinary, intellectually rigorous, and regionally focused programme.

Programme Aims

The programme’s inter-disciplinary focus aims to provide students with advanced training in the area of religion and politics through the study of a wide range of theoretical and regional perspectives. It will serve primarily as a platform for professional development and further (MPhil/PhD) graduate research. The programme will offer students

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of significant approaches, methods, debates, and theories in the field of religion and politics, with particular reference to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East;
  • Advanced skills in researching and writing about topics in and theorisations of religion and politics;
  • Advanced skills in the presentation or communication of knowledge and understanding of topics in religion and politics as they pertain to regional, international, and transnational contexts.
Entry Requirements

SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree and these can be viewed at (http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/). However, due consideration is given to the applicants’ individual profiles, and to the fact that great potential for the successful undertaking of the academic study of the field is not necessarily acknowledged or certified through the applicant’s academic qualifications. Interviews can be arranged for applicants who do not meet the minimum entrance requirements, and early contact with the programme convenor is advisable.


Students take courses to the value of 4 units over the length of their degree.  This will include a compulsory core course and dissertation.

Core Courses

Two compulsory courses

Option Courses
Study of Religions units
Extra-departmental units

Teaching & Learning

A Student's Perspective

I most enjoyed the diverse course offering and the passion my classmates had for their course. You can find someone interested in just about everything here- and people doing something about it. There is always an academic talk, conference, or exhibition going on, and lecturers are keen to talk about and teach what they know best.

Hannah Brower, Smith College