SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and ... (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview and entry requirments

The joint BA Politics and … offers students the ability to combine their training in politics with another subject taught at SOAS. This combination will allow students to learn about political phenomena or regions of their interest from multiple disciplinary angles. Alternatively, students can also combine Politics with a language which opens up the possibility of deep engagement with one of the regions or countries they are interested in, including a Year Abroad for language studies.

At the end of this joint degree, students will have developed the ability to analyze domestic political questions and current affairs across the world in their various dimensions. For the Politics component of the joint degree, students will take the core module in Political Analysis in their first year together with Political Theory or Comparative Politics. In year 2 and 3, they will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of regional and disciplinary modules and open options.

Students taking BA Politics with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both departments.

See Department of Politics and International Studies

Why Study Politics and … at SOAS

  • ranked 5th in the UK for Politics (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • combined training in politics with another subject or a language
  • the opportunity to spend a Year Abroad for language studies
  • a non-Western, global perspective on the key issues of domestic and international politics


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


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


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Key Information Set data

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The BA Politics and… is a three-year degree programme.

The information below describes the Politics 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 Politics 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 Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
And 30 credits from the First Year options list below;
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 30 Full Year
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from their 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
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
Performance and Politics 153400157 15 Term 2
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Political Parties and Elections 153400158 15 Term 2
Regional Options
Module Code Credits Term
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 1
Politics of South Asia Beyond India 158000214 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
Democracy and Authoritarianism in India 158000215 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
  • Remaining 60 credits can be taken from Lists A, B, OR open options (maximum of 30 credits from the Open Options list) Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options.
  • A minimum of 30 credits from the second subject
List A
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
Republicanism, empire and revolution 153400163 15 Term 1
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 1
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Final Year Project in Politics 153400053 30 Full Year
Globalisation and Global Governance 153400070 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 2
Critical Security Studies 153400148 15 Term 1
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
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

Year abroad

If Politics is combined with a language in a 4-year degree course, students spend a study year abroad

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.

By the end of the programme students will have acquired a range

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. 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.



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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