The Politics degree at SOAS is structured around four core subdisciplines, namely political theory, political sociology, political economy, and international relations. Students receive a thorough training in the theories and methods of these sub-disciplines, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations.
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By studying Politics at SOAS, students will gain detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of some of the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas unfolding in the world today. They will also learn to critically engage with and explore the relevance of social science concepts for understanding contemporary geopolitics, regional politics of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the ability to undertake analyses and comparisons of political developments in specific countries.
Teaching in the Department of Politics and International Studies combines an introduction to the discipline of politics as a comparative exercise together with awareness that comparisons must always respect the individuality of each country and population. This awareness is complemented by the work carried out in other departments of SOAS. A Politics degree at SOAS therefore gives our students a better opportunity than most to understand global politics since our courses cover the politics of three quarters of the globe. BA Politics may be taken as a single subject or two-subject degree. A sampling of the modules we offer include Government and Politics of Asia, of China, of the Middle East, and of Africa, International Politics, Islam and Democracy, Politics of Development, Globalization and Global Governance, and Politics of Culture.
Programme Code: L202 BA/POL
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- 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%
- 3 years
Students will take the following 3 compulsory modules (90 credits total):
Students will take ONE of the following modules OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Options list.
Credits must be taken in the following combination;
- Introduction to Research Methods (153400156) (15 credits)
- A minimum of 30 credits from Year 2 Disciplinary AND
- A minimum of 30 credits from Year 2 Regional modules
- Remaining credits to be taken from Second Year Options OR a maximum of 30 credits from the Open Option lists (Languages | Non-languages)
Credits must be taken in the following combination;
- A minimum of 45 credits from List A AND
- A minimum of 15 credits from List B
- Remaining credits can be taken from Lists A, B, C OR open options (maximum of 30 credits from the Open Options list Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options).
Second Year Options
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 & Learning
Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.
Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.
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. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
SOAS BA Politics students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of global politics, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.
Politics students follow many different careers in business, government, international organisations and NGOs, as well as further study.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
BBC - World Service
Center for International Peace Operations
Civil Rights, Human Rights and Peace Movement Meretz
Council for Assisting Refugee Academics
Financial Times Limited
Global Policy Institute
Go East Consulting
|International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Norwegian Broadcasting Corp
Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance - PICG
Public Affairs Council
Standard Chartered Bank
Sveriges Riksdag, Swedish Parliament
Think Security Africa
Uganda Conservation Foundation
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
|Asia-Pacific Desk Editor
Donor Development Officer
Senior Policy Adviser
Grant Programme Officer/Consultant
Lawyer, International Arbitration and Litigation
Head of Strategy & Corporate Development
Media & Marketing Officer
Senior Clinical Researcher
Barrister at Law
Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Corporate Affairs Manager, Europe
A Student's Perspective
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