Department of Politics and International Studies
Established in 1962, the Department of Politics and International Studies has grown into one of the largest Departments at SOAS and is now home to almost fifty academics and 1,000 students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A wide range of degree programmes provide students with expert grounding in the disciplines of Politics and International Relations through deep engagement with the historical legacies and political realities of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Department is unique in combining this regional expertise with the study of world politics from the perspective of the Global South.
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5th in UK
QS World University Rankings 2022
3rd in world
QS World University Rankings 2022 (Academic Reputation)
The Department of Politics and International Studies is one of the leading research-driven centres in the UK. It is unique in its regional coverage in the UK and beyond, and is respected for its combination of in-depth knowledge of Asia, Africa and the Middle East with a consciously critical research approach. The research work of the Department is recognised for its innovative research methods and cutting-edge theoretical contributions.
UN wartime history for the future
Publications by Dr Dan Plesch on the United Nations during the Second World War.
Promoting debate and research on corporate accountability and limited liability.
Diplomacy and girls' education
Contributing to a report on using diplomacy to mobilise momentum for girls’ education.
Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP)
A comprehensive approach to realising global disarmament,
Middle East WMD Free Zone Project
Developing public education and international dialogue on the issue of the proposed Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.
Confidence and Regional Security Building
An international initiative on reviving and globalising conventional confidence and security building and disarmament.
Recognising the women who shaped the UN Charter
Recognising the key role of women of the Global South in establishing the equality of the sexes in the UN Charter of 1945.