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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This MSc takes a critical view to traditional strategic studies, encompassing Africa, Asia and Middle East approaches to grand strategy for peace and security, conflict resolution, international collaboration, war technologies and disarmament.
This MSc in Global Public Policy provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of a range of explanations for change and continuity in public policymaking in an interdisciplinary, global context.
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.
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.
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.