SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations and ... (2022 entry)

Combined degree

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview and entry requirements

The BA International Relations Combined Honours Degree three-year programme is designed to be an immersive experience that draws on the significant expertise of our diverse academic specialists in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Are you passionate about developing critical global perspectives and actionable insights on subjects ranging from Republicanism, empire and revolution to War and the International?

See Department of Politics and International Studies  

Combine International Relations with other subjects

Other disciplines – Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, History, Languages and Cultures, Law, Politics, Social Anthropology

Languages – Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean 

Why study International Relations Combined Honours at SOAS

  • ranked 5th in the UK for Politics (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • as well as 3rd globally for academic reputation (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • our International Relations academics are hands on research-driven and provide intellectually stimulating supportive teaching environments for students
  • employability — our strong focus on enhancing your career prospects and practical skills are integrated across the programme
  • our innovative range of modules on offer are revised to reflect latest developments and direct insight of real-world processes across countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the global economy and interdependencies 
  • choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will enable you to take advantage of the expertise of another department and create a niche for yourself
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages — your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities


Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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3 or 4 years

Fees 2022/23

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's 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.

* 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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The BA International Relations and… is a two-subject three-year degree programme.

The information below describes the International Relations component of the 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

Compulsory Module

Students will take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
First Year options list

And 30 credits from the First Year options list below;

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Economy 153400154 30 Full Year
Second Subject

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

Year 2

Credits must be taken in the following combination;

  • 30 credits from Disciplinary options
  • 30 credits from Regional options
  • 60 credits from second subject
Disciplinary Options
Module Code Credits Term
International Institutions and World Politics 153400068 15 Term 2
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 1
Postcolonial Theory 153400160 15 Term 2
Religion and World Politics 153400162 15 Term 1
War and the International 153400167 15 Term 1
Regional Options
Module Code Credits Term
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400155 15 Term 2
Second Subject

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

Year 3

Credits must be taken in the following combination;

  • A minimum of 30 credits from List A
  • A maximum of 30 credits from List A or B
  • 60 credits from the second subject
List A

Module Code Credits Term
Globalisation and Global Governance 153400070 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Critical Security Studies 153400148 15 Term 1
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Foreign Policy Analysis 158000212 15 Term 2
List B

Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 1
Republicanism, Empire and Revolution 153400163 15 Term 1
Final Year Project in Politics and International Relations 153400169 30 Full Year
Government and Politics of Southeast Asia 153400170 30 Full Year
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 1
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 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

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.

Contact hours

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.

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.

Learning resources

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



SOAS Politics and International Relations students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of our time, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers.

Recent graduates from the Department of Politics and International Studies have been hired by:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg
  • British Red Cross
  • British Council
  • Center for International Peace Operations
  • Channel 4
  • Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)
  • Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Eversheds LLP
  • Financial Times
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Global Policy Institute
  • Go East Consulting
  • Grassroot Diplomat
  • Palestine Red Crescent Association
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF Ethiopia
  • United Nations

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A Student's Perspective

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

Michael Sinacore, Boston College


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