SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations and ... (2021 entry)

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Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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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.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

A Levels:
37 (6/6/6)

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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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3 or 4 years

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2021/22 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


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

The study of International Relations can be combined with a wide range of social science and humanities subjects, or with the study of languages and regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East only available at SOAS.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

+ 4 year degree with (compulsory) 1  year abroad
++ 3 or 4 year degree with option of 1 year abroad

Key Information Set data

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This information describes the International Relations component of a two-subject degree.

Over the course of a three-year degree, students must complete 360 credits. These can be split evenly between both subjects (180/180), or be varied between the two subjects if the programme structure gives scope for this. Students must have at least 150 credits in one subject (with a maximum of 240 credits being possible) and 120 credits in the other subject (with a maximum of 210 credits being possible) in order to be awarded a two-subject degree. The subject in which the higher amount of credits has been passed will be named first on the final degree awarded.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

Year 1
Core Modules

Students will take the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject

Year 2

Students will select 30 credits each from the Disciplinary Options list AND Regional Options list below.

Module Code Credits Term
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 2
War and the International 1 153400167 15 Term 1
Religion and World Politics 153400162 15 Term 1
Postcolonial theory 153400160 15 Term 2
International Institutions and World Politics 153400068 15 Term 2
Regional Options
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 East Asia 153400155 15 Term 1
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 1
Globalising East Asia 153400151 15 Term 2
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3

Students will select a minimum of 30 credits from List A below


Students may take a further 60 credits from List A, B or Open Options. Only 30 credits can be taken from Open Options (Languages | Non-languages).

List A

Module Code Credits Term
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 15 Term 1
Identity in International Relations 153400073 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 2
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 1
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1
List B

Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Final Year Project in International Relations 153402005 30 Full Year
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 1
Republicanism, empire and revolution 153400163 15 Term 2
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
Second Subject

Students will take a minimum of 30 credits from the second subject.

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 2021/22 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £19,560
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,780
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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