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MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice is 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.

Students on this programme are able to participate in all of the activities of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice — including closed and public seminars, workshops, expert briefings and professional trainings, a student-led blog, regular social events and the Centre's internship scheme (for a small group selected through a competitive application process).

See Department of Politics and International Studies

Why study MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice at SOAS

We’re ranked 5th in the UK for Politics (QS World University Rankings 2021). 

SOAS itself is unique — our global student body, multi-disciplinary approach, critical and questioning attitude moves well beyond the focus on basic ‘skills training’ found in so many other programmes.

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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. 

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
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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Structure

Structure

Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits PLUS a 10,000 word dissertation (15PPOC999) worth 60 credits.
Credits must be taken in the following combination:

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Politics and International Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Methodology in the Social Sciences 15PPOH060 15 Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 2
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 15 Term 2
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 1
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 2
The Politics of Global Security 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
State Violence: Theories of the Leviathan and Beyond 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Artificial Intelligence and Human Security 15PPOH048 15 Term 1
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Gender and Security in Africa 15PGNH015 15 Term 2
Religion in Global Politics: Theories and Themes 15PSRC174 30 Full Year
List C
Module Code Credits Term
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Political Theory, Race and Empire 15PPOH045 15 Term 1
The Politics of Central Africa: Social Rupture and Reconfiguration in the Great Lakes Region 15PPOH063 15 Term 1
State and Society in the Chinese Political Process 1 15PPOH071 15 Term 1
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia 15PPOH052 15 Term 2
Politics of Island Southeast Asia 15PPOH066 15 Term 2
The Politics of Southern Africa: Rule and Resistance after Apartheid 15PPOH069 15 Term 2
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 15 Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year

 

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

 MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice modules are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught modules (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work taking place in two-hour sessions. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

SOAS Library

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.

Employment

Employment 

SOAS Politics and International Relations students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of our time, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers.

Recent graduates from the Department of Politics and International Studies have been hired by:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg
  • British Red Cross
  • British Council
  • Center for International Peace Operations
  • Channel 4
  • Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)
  • Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Eversheds LLP
  • Financial Times
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Global Policy Institute
  • Go East Consulting
  • Grassroot Diplomat
  • Palestine Red Crescent Association
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF Ethiopia
  • United Nations

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