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
- 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 or 4 years
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
May be combined with:
- Arabic+, LT26 BA/PLOA
- Chinese+, LT21 BA/POLCH
- Development Studies, LL92 BA/POLDVS
- Economics, LL12 BA/POLEC
- East Asian Studies
- History, LV21 BA/POLH
- International Relations
- Japanese, LT22 BA/POLJ
- Korean+, LTFL BA/POLKO
- Languages and Cultures
- Law, LM21 BA/POLLW
- Social Anthropology, LL62 BA/SAPOL
- World Philosophies, L200, BA/POLWP
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
Students will take the following compulsory module:
And 30 credits from the First Year options list below;
Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.
Credits must be taken in the following combination;
- 30 credits from Disciplinary options
- 30 credits from Regional options
- 60 credits from second subject
Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject.
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
Students will take a minimum of 30 credits from the second subject.
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.
Year abroadIf 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
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.
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
- 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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