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.
List C - ONE 30 Credit module or TWO 15 Credit modules offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (taught by SOAS)
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 & 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.
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.
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.
Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00
Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00
Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section