SOAS University of London

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Studying Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London

Facts and figures

4th
ranked in the UK, 6th in Europe, and 23rd in the world - in the 2018 QS World University Rankings

Teaching

  • Excellent staff/student ratio
  • 500 students studying for various degrees (BA, Certificate, MSc and MPhil/PhD) in the Department
  • National Student Survey 2016: 94% student satisfaction with the overall quality of teaching, 90% for overall satisfaction with the course
  • Ranked 4th for the UK in the 2015 QS World University Rankings
  • Ranked 35th in the World in the 2015 QS World University Rankings
  • The department is currently ranked 13th in the UK on the Guardian university league tables for 2016

Research

  • An outstanding and exciting research environment, with research clusters on Transitional Justice, Migration and Diaspora Politics, Comparative Political Thought, Violence and Memory, the Politics of Energy Security, and the Politics of Space 
  • A thriving research culture, with Seminar Series, Annual MPhil Graduate Conference, Cluster Workshops, and PhD Seminars
  • In the 2014 REF, the Department ranked 9th for Research Impact and 18th for world-leading research

Alumni and student stories

  • "I love coming into SOAS every day, because I never know what I’ll find or who I’ll end up having a conversation with in the bar"

    I came to SOAS because I wanted to gain a detailed insight into the politics and political systems of the developing world, but I’ve got so much more than that

  • "SOAS gives you an understanding of non-western languages, cultures and countries which is increasingly important in a globalised world."

    SOAS picks up where other universities leave off. Others might give you knowledge that is predominantly western oriented. SOAS, on the other hand, gives you an understanding of non-western languages, cultures and countries which is increasingly important in a globalised world.

  • "SOAS is the place to be"

    SOAS is renowned worldwide for its academic excellence and friendly atmosphere, as well as its focus on Asia, Africa and Middle East. Given my passion for development in Africa and the regional focus of my studies, there was only one place that could offer me what I wanted – and that is SOAS.

  • "If I were to summarise SOAS in one sentence it would be that it is a great place to prepare me for the future."

    I chose to study at SOAS because of the interesting course options that cover pertinent topics other leading institutions are yet to cover.

  • "SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body."

    SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body.

  • "SOAS is a World class organisation, with not only state of art teaching facilities but also a wide ranging mix of students, ranging from various parts of the globe"

    SOAS is a place that accepts everyone for who they are, and where your individual talents are encouraged to shine. I do not regret my hesitant decision to come to SOAS, and hopefully, neither will you.

  • "It is the unique SOAS community that makes studying here so special"

    The MSc in Middle East Politics allowed me to take both Politics courses and a language option, all of which I enjoyed. The lecturers were fantastic! My favourite class was Politics of Resistance in the Middle East which was clearly helpful for understanding contemporary politics of the region.

  • "Living in Dinwiddy was amazing. My flatmates were all very welcoming. Because of them, I feel like I got a full British experience"

    The learning here really continues outside of the classroom. After tutorials, students would often ask me about how I felt as an American about different issues. We often went out to coffee or to grab a falafel afterwards. It gave me a great perspective on how the US is viewed and it allowed me to change minds about America

  • "Having now experienced SOAS life, I can say there really is no other place quite like it"

    Having now experienced SOAS life, I can say there really is no other place quite like it

  • "My time at SOAS has exceeded my expectations. "

    Running the courses are brilliant individuals who are intensively engaged in their respective fields, making their teaching relevant and very much cutting edge.

Read more alumni and student stories
SOAS scholar awarded British Academy grant to run writing workshop in Rwanda

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS University of London, in a group led by Dr Nikki Palmer at King's College London and Dr Felix Ndahinda at the Aegis Trust Rwanda, has been awarded a British Academy grant of £20,000 to run a writing workshop for Rwandan scholars in Kigali in July.