SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MRes Politics with (Language)

Two calendar years (full-time).

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent).

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

This programme is no longer accepting new applicants. It will officially be closed in September 2017 once the 2015/16 intake of students has completed the 2-year degree.

The MRes Politics with [Language] is a two-year degree programme designed to prepare students for further research, particularly PhD research, in politics with an area specialism. It allows students to combine the study of politics with advanced methodological training in the social sciences and extensive study in an African/Asian/Middle Eastern language. As such, the programme provides two years of intensive language study at SOAS (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Swahili, etc.) along with two years of high-level social science methodology training at neighbouring Birkbeck College. Applicants are also invited to apply for ESRC funding to support a 2+3 programme of MRes/PhD study.



Year 1 - TWO courses from List A, ONE course (or TWO half-courses) from List B and ONE course (or TWO half-courses) from List C

List A - TWO Core Research Methods Modules (taught by Birkbeck College)
- Qualitative Social Research
- Quantitative Social Research

List B - ONE Language Module (or TWO 15 Credit modules) offered by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures (taught by SOAS)

Students should choose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Module Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of module would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing module enrolments if necessary.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 30 Full Year
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 30 Full Year
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 30 Full Year
List C - ONE 30 Credit module or TWO 15 Credit modules offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (taught by SOAS)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 30 Full Year
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 15 Term 1
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
International theory 15PPOH014 15 Term 1
The Politics of Global Security 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Identity in International Relations 15PPOH016 15 Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2018/19
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Year 2 - ONE course (or TWO half-courses) from List D, ONE course (or TWO half-courses) from List E, ONE course from List F and the Dissertation in Politics with (language).

List D - ONE Language Course (or TWO half-courses) offered by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures (taught by SOAS)

Students should choose from the languages under list B above. The level of the Y2 language course will follow on from the level of course taken in Y1.

List E - ONE Course or TWO Half-Courses offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (taught by SOAS)

Students should choose from the options under list C above. Courses taken in Y1 may not be taken again in Y2.

List F - ONE core research methods module (taught by Birkbeck College
- Masterclass in Social Research

Compulsory Dissertation (undertaken at SOAS)


This is the structure for 2018/19 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.


Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.


At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.


A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 25,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

£11,545 £19,730
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


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