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

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) 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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Start of programme: September 2013

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

SOAS has standard requirements relating to the structure and duration of taught postgraduate programmes and for the award and classification of these programmes.
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Programme structure 

Students take taught modules to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:
1. ALL half-units from A (compulsory)
2-3. Choose FOUR half-units units from B.*
4. Dissertation on some aspect of Conflict, Rights & Justice (compulsory).

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

A. Compulsory Courses:

The course ‘Conflict, Rights and Justice’ is the core course for the degree. Students must complete three compulsory courses, worth a total 67.5 points.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 0.5 Unit Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
B. Choose FOUR from the following:

You must choose FOUR half-units, worth a total of 90 points, from the following list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
Security governance 15PPOH015 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 0.5 Unit Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Transitional Justice in Asia 15PLAH036 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Security 15PDSH020 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 1 Unit Full Year
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
Childhood, Politics and Law 15PPOH037 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Asian Security 15PPOH027 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running
C: Dissertation

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 1 Unit Full Year


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.

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 course lectures and seminars as well as through assessed work including group discussions.
  3. Through teaching in core and optional courses

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 courses 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 course in conflict, rights and justice and other program and optional courses.
  4. Students will prepare class presentations on topics selected from the core course 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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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


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