SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The BA in International Relations provides students with wide-ranging knowledge of world politics and a particular focus on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Over the course of the programme, students will learn about mainstream approaches to the study of world politics, as well as critiques of such approaches. They will develop a historicised appreciation for how, where and why Western-centric lenses of international relations were formed, how relevant they are to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and what alternative approaches have emerged from these regions. The programme is genuinely interdisciplinary in nature. It draws on approaches from political science, global history, political economy and sociology to give students an in-depth understanding of international relations and foreign policy across a variety of thematic areas, and to develop expertise in regional politics.

Our graduates work in a wide variety of fields, including politics, the civil service, the charity sector, media, business, consulting, law and activism. Many also go on to successfully pursue a postgraduate degree at prestigious universities in the UK and around the world.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

A Levels:
AAA
IB:
37 (6/6/6)

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BTEC: DDD

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

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: 80%

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duration:
3 Years

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£18,630


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

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Structure

BA International Relations is a three-year degree programme. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of disciplinary units. In addition, students have the option of taking ‘open’ modules offered by any other SOAS department.

Year 1
Core Modules

Students will take the following three core modules (90 credits total):

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students can take ONE of the following 30 credit guided options OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Options list.

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 30 Full Year
Year 2

Students will take the module 'Introduction to Research Methods' (15 credits) alongside a minimum of 30 credits each from the Year 2 Disciplinary Modules AND Year 2 Regional Modules lists below.

Remaining credits taken from Second Year Option list OR a maximum of 30 credits the Open Option lists (Languages | Non-languages).

Disciplinary Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 2
War and the International 1 153400167 15 Term 1
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Postcolonial theory 153400160 15 Term 2
Religion and World Politics 153400162 15 Term 1
International Institutions and World Politics 153400068 15 Term 2
Regional Modules
Module Code Credits Term
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Globalising East Asia 153400151 15 Term 2
International Relations of East Asia 153400155 15 Term 1
Second Year Options
Module Code Credits Term
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 2
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
Year 3

Students should take at least 45 credits from List A AND 15 credits
from List B.

Any remaining credits can be taken from Lists A, B, C or
open options (with a maximum of 30 credits from the Open Options
list Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options).

List A
Module Code Credits Term
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 2
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 15 Term 2
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 1
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Identity in International Relations 153400073 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 1
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 2
Republicanism, empire and revolution 153400163 15 Term 2
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
Final Year Project in International Relations 153402005 30 Full Year
List C
Module Code Credits Term
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400155 15 Term 1
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Globalising East Asia 153400151 15 Term 2
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 2

Programme Specification

Important notice

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 and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures (50 minutes) provide broad overviews of the topic. They are accompanied by tutorials (50 minutes) that give students the opportunity to discuss readings and key issues in small groups. In the final year, modules may also take the form of two-hour seminars allowing for deeper engagement with more specialised topics. The programme provides methodological and skills training throughout and allows final year students to undertake an independent research project, such as a dissertation, supervised by an academic member of staff.

By the end of the programme students will have acquired a range of transferable skills. This includes the ability to collect and synthesise information, read and evaluate complex materials, assess the evidence for a range of different positions, construct arguments, exercise independence of judgement and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Students also benefit from the vibrant learning environment SOAS provides more broadly. The 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. Moreover, every year there is a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers from around the world, allowing students to engage with cutting edge debates on contemporary politics.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £18,630
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,320
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2020-04-30 15:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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