The Department of Politics and International Studies has been ranked fourth in the UK in the latest QS World University Rankings by subject; and 35th in the world, placing it among the world’s elite.
From disarmament conference at the United Nations building in New York, war crimes investigations with leading international scholars and study tours overseas – studying International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS provides a gateway into the international arena that is shaping today’s global relations.
As a student, you will engage in research that has a tangible effect on the real world by interacting with scholars who take a challenging and heterodox approach to important issues that affect the lives of people in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The high concentration of specialists in these regions, unmatched anywhere in the UK, means that our expertise is highly sought after by governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations and the global mass media.
Our research in action
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.
Through his research on post-conflict accountability and reconciliation, Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics, challenges the suitability of international judicial processes in Central Africa.