Politics and International Studies

Politics and International Studies

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Politics and International Postgraduate Studies Degrees

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1528190178221{margin-top: 80px !important;}”][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ autoplay=”4″ active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1519835010165-848aa574-d623″][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item title=”QS Top Universities” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem138762.html” icon=”heart-empty” icon_color=”#5c068c” icon_position=”center”]We’re ranked 5 in the UK and 23 in the world for Politics in the QS World University Rankings 2019[/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 2″ tab_id=”1519835010220-7b210361-faa1″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/qFzlzhDa10Q” align=”center”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 3″ tab_id=”1565605623514-663fa006-93e2″][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”MSc African Politics” tab_id=”1477411448276-5ea0c8f7-2679″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]A regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics in Africa.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/mscafpol/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Asian Politics” tab_id=”1477411562500-86268727-155e”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/mscaspol/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Comparative Political Thought” tab_id=”1477411625739-897c58ea-411e”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/msc-comparative-political-thought/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc International Politics” tab_id=”1477411655844-fda9576f-308e”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/mscintpol/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][vc_column_text]Gives students the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training in political theory, with special reference to the study of politics outside Europe and America.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Middle East Politics” tab_id=”1526642399718-5d828061-5762″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/mscmepol/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Politics Of China” tab_id=”1526642473568-9f032c67-6564″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/msc-politics-of-china/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice” tab_id=”1526642559681-c6bdc571-ec6c”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/msc-conflict-rights-justice/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc State, Society and Development” tab_id=”1526642617794-45adc854-9f29″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/mscstsocdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”PhD Degree: Politics and International Studies” tab_id=”1526642661517-da6edf6d-b6db”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/phd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Certificate in Political Studies” tab_id=”1526642711866-f017e295-0bf4″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/programmes/certificate-in-political-studies/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: Capitalism, Crisis and the Neoliberal State” tab_id=”1526642758808-67ace730-e777″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This course offers the tools to question who gains and who loses and how to better understand the politics of the world economy.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/politics/capitalism-crisis-and-the-neoliberal-state/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy” tab_id=”1477669139468-d86d748c-3b97″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/mapgdipisd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Global Corporations and Policy” tab_id=”1526642830016-dd9bf10f-e6eb”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/magcd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy” tab_id=”1477669140418-83fbca6b-915a”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/msc-global-energy-and-climate-policy/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Global Diplomacy (Online)” tab_id=”1526642891771-2985bf4e-47a1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/online-programmes/maglobaldiplomacy/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Global Diplomacy (MENA) (Online)” tab_id=”1526642953801-f9542d20-4d98″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on Middle East & North Africa.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/online-programmes/ma-global-diplomacy-mena-online/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Global Diplomacy: South Asia (Online)” tab_id=”1526643030576-211a6f91-6fcb”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/online-programmes/ma-global-diplomacy-south-asia/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Global Corporations and Policy (Online)” tab_id=”1526643114008-61e60497-6545″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/online-programmes/msc-global-corporations-and-policy-online/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy (Online)” tab_id=”1477669204222-8be927ed-f69f”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The MSc introduces students to the key energy sources, their economic and technical bases and how they are regulated.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/msc-global-energy-and-climate-policy-online/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Global Security and Strategy (Online)” tab_id=”1556526307083-240611fc-c06a”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/ma-global-security-and-strategy-online/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Global Public Policy (Online)” tab_id=”1556526400741-70c23f8b-b16e”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/msc-global-public-policy-online/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc/PGDip/PGCert Climate Change and Development (Online)” tab_id=”1526643295352-9587a3c6-b677″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The Climate Change and Development programme is designed to meet these needs so that organisations can be more effective in their efforts towards change.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/online-programmes/msc-climate-change-and-development/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”PhD in Global Studies” tab_id=”1478703734571-02df2704-3287″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/research-degree/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: International Relations in the 21st Century” tab_id=”1477669139946-40d89329-c8e4″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/politics/international-relations-in-the-21st-century/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: The Middle East in Global Politics” tab_id=”1526643250150-c2b30861-ccb2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/politics/the-middle-east-in-global-politics/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” inner_container=”no” section_type=”alternate” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ margin_top=”40″ overflow=”false”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1478284029505{padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Our research in action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/research/research-in-action/” icon=”globe” icon_color=”#2c3e50″ icon_size=”big”][kleo_button title=” See our research in action ” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/research/research-in-action/” style=”highlight” size=”xl” ][/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ bg_gradient=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1477669090141{background-image: url(https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/large97508.jpg?id=160998) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: 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Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • Barclays
  • BBC World Service
  • Embassy of Japan in Saudi Arabia
  • European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • Euro Monitor International
  • European Economics & Financial Centre

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  • U.S. Department of State
  • UNESCO
  • UNHCR
  • United Nations
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Republic of Indonesia

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