SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Destinations

The study of Asian and African politics, whether at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, provides an intellectual challenge to any individual genuinely interested in understanding or adding to the world's knowledge of politics. Such study equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of careers both in and out of the academic world. The analytical task of understanding not only the politics of another country but also the interaction of culture and society with political forms and forces provides amongst the most stimulating of intellectual opportunities. The Department of Political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies offers that opportunity.

How does a degree in Politics and International Studies help with my career?

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.  They are also equipped with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek including; the ability to research information from a variety of sources; analytical skills; written and oral communication skills to set out and discuss opinions and conclusions; and presentation skills.

Former Politics and International Studies students have gone on to employment in a wide range of professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors.  The Politics and International Studies programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destination of 2017 graduates

All students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Undergraduates:

Politics Undergraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 40%. Work and study 10%. Studying 35%. Other 15%.

Postgraduates:

Politics Postgraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 70%. Work and study 1%. Studying 9%. Other 20%.

Example employers include:
  • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Cent
  • ACCENT
  • Acted
  • Action on Addiction
  • Adam Consulting
  • Aequitas
  • Aker Business Management
  • Swiss Embassy in Tunisia
  • Amnesty International
  • Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky
  • Association For Democratic Reforms
  • Barclays
  • BBC World Service
  • Biffa
  • BioLite
  • British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • BTI Studios
  • Business Monitor International
  • Carillion
  • Casa Dei Diritti Sociali
  • China Aluminium International Trading Co., Ltd.
  • China Telecom
  • Christian Aid
  • City Credit Capital
  • Cleantech Group
  • Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Dagens Næringsliv
  • DAI
  • Department of Health
  • Deutsche Post DHL
  • Deutscher Bundestag
  • DHA Designs
  • Edge of Arabia
  • Embassy of Japan in Saudi Arabia
  • European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • Euro Monitor International
  • European Economics & Financial Centre
  • European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • EY
  • Eyelove
  • Financial Times
  • Flower Ball London
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Freelance Film Producer
  • G4S
  • Geronimo Inns
  • GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • Great Exhibition
  • Gulf Centre For Strategic Studies
  • HACT
  • Halsa Care Group
  • Härryda Kommun
  • Hurst
  • ICM Research
  • ICRC
  • Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd
  • Indian National Congress (INC)
  • Institute of International Relations (IDIS)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • IPIC (International Petroleum Investment Company)
  • Iraq Britain Business Council
  • Islam Channel
  • Jordan Times
  • Kick It Out
  • KPMG
  • League Of Arab States (LAS)
  • Living Well
  • Management Centre Türkiye
  • Media Measurement
  • Media9
  • MediaTrust
  • Mergermarket Group
  • Microfinance Information Exchange
  • Middle East Institute
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Republic of Indonesia
  • Minority Rights Group International
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Moleskine
  • Molucca Media Ltd
  • University of Leoben
  • Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
  • Novella
  • OC UK
  • Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
  • Oil Barrel Collection
  • Oredal Sàrl
  • Other Solutions Consulting
  • Ping Pong
  • Platinum Corporation
  • Private Individuals
  • PUM
  • PwC
  • Rakuten
  • Reed Elsevier
  • Royal Danish Embassy, Pretoria
  • Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
  • Swiss Youth in Science
  • Selçuk University
  • Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors
  • SnapDragon Consulting
  • Solace Women's Aid
  • Somali Relief & Development Forum
  • Spotlight
  • Sun Contractors Ltd
  • Survation
  • Teach A Man to Fish
  • Teach First
  • Tesco
  • The Greenery
  • The Risk Advisory Group
  • The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • U.S. Department of State
  • UNESCO
  • UNHCR
  • United Nations
  • Université de Genève
  • UpRising
  • Vivid Resourcing
  • War Child
  • Wilberforce Primary
  • WithoutViolence
  • Woolf Institute
Example job titles include:
  • 2nd Secretary (Political Section)
  • Academic Tutor
  • Academy Executive Graduate Trainee
  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Administration Manager
  • Administrator
  • Africa Programme Assistant
  • Assistant Manager
  • Assistant Merchandiser
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate
  • Associate Consultant
  • Business Analysis Consultant
  • Business Development Co-Ordinator
  • Business Director
  • Business Mobilisation Officer
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Campaigner
  • Chief Development Economist
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Civil Servant
  • Client Relations Manager
  • Co-Founder and Co-Ordinator
  • Communications and Campaigns Manager
  • Consultant
  • Content Writer
  • Controlling
  • Delegate
  • Desk Officer
  • Digital Fundraising Intern
  • Diplomacy Intern
  • Diplomat
  • Director
  • Editorial Intern
  • Education Officer
  • Emerging Markets Fellow
  • Employer Liaison Support Officer
  • Equity Sales Analyst
  • Event Organiser
  • Events Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Executive Manager
  • Executive Personal Assistant (PA)
  • Export Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Assurance Associate
  • Founding Partner
  • Freelance Film Producer
  • Freelance Language Editor
  • Frontier Market Analyst
  • Fundraising Intern
  • Graduate Programme Participant
  • Graduate Recruitment Co-Ordinator
  • Information Strategy Analyst
  • Information Unobtainable
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Programmes Intern
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International Sales Manager
  • Investment Analyst
  • Japan Practice in Tax Graduate
  • Journalist
  • Junior Consultant
  • Junior Research Fellow
  • Junior Supply Chain Worker
  • Legal Assistant
  • Management Consultant
  • Management Co-Ordinator
  • Marketing and Event Management Consultant
  • Marketing and Events Co-Ordinator
  • Marketing and International Operations Trainee
  • Marketing Manager
  • News Reporter
  • Officer Cadet
  • Perception and Reputation Research Assistant
  • Policy Adviser
  • Policy and Communications Assistant
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Researcher
  • Political Research Assistant
  • Political Secretary
  • Political-Economic Intern
  • Primary School Language Teacher
  • Product Manager
  • Programme Associate
  • Programme Manager
  • Programmes Co-Ordinator
  • Project Assistant
  • Project Management Development Co-Operation Intern
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager/Foreign Correspondent/Journalism Trainer
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Research Analyst
  • Research and Business Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Consultant
  • Research Executive
  • Resource Co-Ordinator
  • Risk Advisory Group Intern
  • Risk Management Adviser
  • Second Secretary
  • ADR Project Manager
  • Self-Employed Tutor
  • Senior Manager
  • Senior Researcher
  • Shop Assistant
  • Social Impact Officer
  • Social Performance Analyst
  • Staff Editor
  • Strategic Analyst
  • Student Research Assistant
  • Subtitler
  • Television Producer
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Training and Administration Co-Ordinator

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

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