SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MRes Politics with (Language)

Two calendar years (full-time).

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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 Compulsory Research Methods Courses (taught by Birkbeck College)
- Qualitative Social Research
- Quantitative Social Research

List B - ONE Language Course (or TWO half-courses) 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 Course Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of course would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 1 Unit Full Year
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 1 Unit Full Year
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 1 Unit Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 1 Unit Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 1 Unit Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Korean (PG) 15PJKC015 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 1 Unit Full Year
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 1 Unit Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 1 Unit Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 1 Unit Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 1 Unit Full Year
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 1 Unit Full Year
Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 1 Unit Full Year
List C - ONE Course or TWO Half-Courses offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (taught by SOAS)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 1 Unit Full Year
International politics of Africa 15PPOC009 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
International Politics Of The Middle East Full unit Unit
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 0.5 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
International theory 15PPOH014 0.5 Unit Term 1
Security governance 15PPOH015 0.5 Unit Term 2
Identity in International Relations 15PPOH016 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 0.5 Unit Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 0.5 Unit Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 0.5 Unit Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 0.5 Unit Full Year
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 1 Unit Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 0.5 Unit 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 compulsory research methods course (taught by Birkbeck College
- Masterclass in Social Research

Compulsory Dissertation (undertaken at SOAS)


Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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


Most courses 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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

£10,995 £18,790
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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


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