Politics and International Studies Undergraduate Degrees

What distinguishes a SOAS Politics degree from any other is its truly global perspective. In a rapidly changing political and ideological landscape, the degrees we provide have never been more relevant.

Our international student body is renowned for its engagement with the major political issues of our time, making SOAS one of the most exciting universities in the world to learn about Politics and International Relations with a focus on Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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Ranked 4th in the UK and 23rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2018

BA Politics graduate Fatima Zaman made history as the youngest person to ever win the coveted Chairman’s Award. Read more

Structured around four core subdisciplines, namely political theory, political sociology, political economy, and international relations. Students receive a thorough training in these sub-disciplines, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations.

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Through a study of world history and global power relations, students gain a better understanding of the sources of conflict and cooperation among states, shifts in the international economy, as well as the roles of culture, identity and ideas in world politics.

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Offers students the ability to combine our two disciplinary streams, giving them a broad base of knowledge from which to analyse politics within and amongst countries.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Graduate Destinations

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.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

  • Barclays
  • BBC World Service
  • Embassy of Japan in Saudi Arabia
  • European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • Euro Monitor International
  • European Economics & Financial Centre
  • U.S. Department of State
  • UNESCO
  • UNHCR
  • United Nations
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Republic of Indonesia

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 46%
Studying 35%
Work and Study 13%
Other 7%

SOAS alumni around the world

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