SOAS University of London

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice (2018 entry)

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning


Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

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.

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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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.



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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.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Politics and International Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component

Compulsory modules

Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
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

Choose modules to the value of 45 credits from list B below


Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from list B or C below

List of modules (subject to availability)
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 2
The Politics of Global Security 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Credits
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 2
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOH046 15 Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
State Violence: Theories of the Leviathan and Beyond 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Asian Security 15PPOH027 15 Credits
List C
Module Code Credits Term
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
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 15 Credits
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 1
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Journalisms in the Digital Context: Theory and Practice 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5
The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 15 Term 2


Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.

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