The SOAS Politics, Economy & Law BA (Hons) degree takes a transdisciplinary approach to the study of politics, law and economy. The programme of study is situated within global and non-western contexts, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, drawing on SOAS’ unique and internationally renowned approach to these fields. It will examine how each is constituted, gives life to specific social formations, and shapes the most pressing issues of our time.
The distinctive pedagogical approach of the core modules aims to equip students with the skills and capacities needed for future careers on the global stage, whether that in the public or private sectors.
Students will have the opportunity to study politics, economy and law in a way that incorporates critical insights emanating from the disciplines of history, gender, race and sexuality studies, sociology, philosophy and politics. Taking politics, economy and law as formations that are constructed and open to contestation, students will have the intellectual space to examine some of the most pressing questions and issues confronting people globally, including neo-liberalism, migration, the production of vulnerable populations, environmental issues and climate justice, amongst other topics.
The programme aims to equip students with the ability to understand the central place of law, politics and economy in contemporary modes of governance, democracy, globalisation, migration and displacement, state formation, citizenship, labour movements, and wide-ranging considerations of equality and justice.
Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- SOAS accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as mature applicants and those with non-standard qualifications. Among these applicants those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred.
A Levels: A*AA - AAB
- Interview Policy: Interview Policy: We also encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. We also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.
- A Levels:
- A*AA - AAB
- 37 (6/6/6)
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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction (with LNAT)
Scottish Highers: AAAAA
Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
Euro Bacc: 85%
French Bacc: 15/20
German Abitur: 1.5
Italy DES: 85/100
Austria Mat: 1.5
Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects
- 3 Years
- UK/EU fees:
- Overseas fees:
Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page
Students take 120 credits composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.
Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.
Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.
Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
Modules are taught in small groups to optimise individual engagement.
Choose modules from the List of Year 2 Optional Modules below to the value of 75 credits.
Choose modules from Politics & International Relations, Development Studies, Economics and Law to the value of 45 credits
Choose module(s) from Politics & International Relations, Development Studies, Economics and Law to the value of 30 credits
An approved University of London module to the value of 30 credits
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List of Year 2 Optional Modules
List of Year 3 Optional Modules
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually two hours lecture and one hour tutorial a week. Sometimes, one follows the other in a three-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.
Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.
Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and final year modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion.
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Law, many undergraduate modules have a weekly two hour lecture or seminar. Some modules may also had an additional hour of smaller group classes weekly or fortnightly.
More information is on the page for each module.
The Independent Study Project (ISP)
This can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
How to apply
Please note that we are currently not accepting applications for the BA Politics, Economics and Law programme.
You might be interested in our other Politics, Economics or Law degree programmes instead.