The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa.
The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. 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 substantial papers that often require significant independent work.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
- 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.
- One calendar year (full-time);
Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.
Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation:
- 15PPOC205 Government & Politics in Africa (core).
- THREE modules from B, C or D, with no more than 30 credits coming from List D, and no more than four x 15 credit modules.
- Dissertation on some aspect of African Politics (compulsory).
Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
This would focus on some aspect of African Politics.
Modules must be completed successfully for the achievement of an exit award.
Choose a minimum of 30 credits from List B, and a maximum of 45 credits from List C.
List D: Modules focused on Africa in a cognate discipline
Courses from this section may only be taken with permission of the programme convenor and relevant course convenor.
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 & Learning
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.
Most modules 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 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 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.