Politics and International Postgraduate Studies Degrees

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.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

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A regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics in Africa.

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This MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations.

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The programme is designed for graduate students who wish to learn about the diverse strands of political thinking in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the different approaches to comparison in political thought.

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Gives students the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training in political theory, with special reference to the study of politics outside Europe and America.

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The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology, comparative politics, and international politics.

The MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the Chinese Politics modules of State and Society in the Chinese Political process, China and International Politics and Taiwan’s Politics and Cross-Strait Relations.

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Designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states.

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This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy.

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The primary aim of the PhD programme is to train students to design, research and write a successful doctoral thesis. Those who have completed the doctorate will be familiar with the conceptual and methodological aspects of political research and qualified as experts in their field.

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This certificate is a one-year course that is offered by the department to those who are keen to study politics at Masters level, but do not have a first degree in the subject.

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This course offers the tools to question who gains and who loses and how to better understand the politics of the world economy.

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The programme has a multi-disciplinary structure and draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages.

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This programme specifically addresses the requirements of those seeking a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs.

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This MSc treats climate and energy policy as inextricably linked. Cases drawn from both the Global North and South will form the basis of your studies as you examine how policy is made, advocated and implemented – or sometimes prevented – around the world.

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Learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of negotiations processes through the course’s core module, The Art of Negotiation.

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Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on Middle East & North Africa.

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This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia.

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The MSc Global Corporations and Policy (GCP) programme specifically addresses the requirements of those seeking a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs.

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The MSc introduces students to the key energy sources, their economic and technical bases and how they are regulated.

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The Climate Change and Development programme is designed to meet these needs so that organisations can be more effective in their efforts towards change.

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The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes.

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The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international relations.

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This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, as well as identity and foreign policy.

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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.

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