SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

Full Time: 1 Year Part Time: 2-3 Years - students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

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) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?: The programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states. It is also highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work in international NGOs, international organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups in the areas of rights, humanitarian assistance and transitional justice. It also looks more broadly at the future of global human rights in a world where, many claim, the influence of the West is declining and asks critical questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms and humanitarian intervention.




Structure, duration and requirements for gaining an award

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Programme structure 

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

1. 45 credits from List A (core module)
2. Choose at least 3 x 15 credit modules from List B.*

3. Choose a further 2 x 15 credit units from either list B or C
4. 60 credit Dissertation on some aspect of Conflict, Rights & Justice (core).

 *Other modules in the School may be available with permission of the programme convenor.

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

A. Core Modules

The course ‘Conflict, Rights and Justice’ is the core modules for the degree. Students must complete 3 x Core modules, worth a total 45 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 15 Term 2
B. Choose at least 3 from the following:

You must choose at least 3 x 15 credit modules, worth a total of 45 points, from the following list.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
Security governance 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
Transitional Justice in Asia 15PLAH036 - Not Running 2017/18
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
Asian Security 15PPOH027 - Not Running 2017/18
List C: Choose a further TWO 15 credit units from either list B or C

This would be focused on some aspect of Conflict, Rights & Justice.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
International theory 15PPOH014 15 Term 1
International theory 15PPOH014 15 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 1
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 1
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 15 Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 15 Term 1
List D: Dissertation

60 credit Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year


This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

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

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning


Learning outcomes acquired in the following ways:

  1. Students are required to attend all classes (lectures and seminars), study extensively on their own and prepare assessed as well as non-assessed work regularly.
  2. Through core module lectures and seminars as well as through assessed work including group discussions.
  3. Through teaching in core and optional modules.

Assessment: Through unseen examinations, assessed coursework essays and a dissertation.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

Learning outcomes as above acquired in the following ways:

  1. These are fostered in all modules offered in the program where the information students receive needs to be assessed critically and conflicting interpretations arising from the same information discussed.
  2. Students are encouraged not simply to summarise evidence and arguments but through application of critical questioning to develop their own assessments of the relative value of a range of arguments/sources of evidence.
  3. Through the structure and content of the core module in conflict, rights and justice and other program and optional modules.
  4. Students will prepare class presentations on topics selected from the core module and options reading lists.
  5. They also carry out individual, independent dissertation work, including refining a broad ‘topic’ into a narrower, manageable and more precise research question/hypothesis.

Assessment: Through unseen examinations, assessed coursework essays and a dissertation.

Subject-based practical skills

Learning outcomes as above acquired in the following ways:

  1. Through independent work for dissertations and preparation for class presentations.
  2. Through work on own, departmental dissertation guidance notes and meetings, meetings with supervisor.
  3. Through required regular readings for weekly seminar discussions.
  4. Through demonstration in lectures, through discussion in seminars, through questions in exams.

Assessment: Through unseen examinations, assessed coursework essays and a dissertation..

Transferable skills

Learning outcomes as above acquired in the following ways:

  1. Through seminar presentations, discussions, group work and essays.
  2. Through essays, project and dissertation
  3. Through group project work.
  4. Through classroom participation in seminars

Assessment: Through unseen examinations, assessed coursework essays and a dissertation.

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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
£11,545 £19,730 £5,773 £9,865 £3,848 £6,577
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

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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