Study Politics and International Studies

Welcome to the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Teaching and research in the Department is distinguished by a critical approach to the study of the politics of the Global South. SOAS Politics programmes are unique in their engagement with the developments and realities of African, Asian and Middle Eastern domestic and international politics, while also offering innovative and challenging perspectives for understanding these realities.

The department of Politics and International Studies enables students to follow many different careers in business, government, international organisations and NGOs.  Students leave SOAS with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of global politics.

Undergraduate Degrees Programmes

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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

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
  • United Nations
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Republic of Indonesia

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 49%
In study 44%
Other 7%

SOAS alumni around the world


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