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MSc Politics of Asia

MSc Politics of Asia (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The SOAS MSc Politics of Asia fosters close analysis of politics in Asia — both South Asia and East Asia, with additional options covering Southeast Asia and Central Asia. How do globalization, nationalism, nuclear rivalry, and urban development affect political life in Asia?

What drives the politics of ethnicity, religion, and gender? How should we understand the specific characteristics of politics (both formal and informal) in India, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, as well as Indonesia, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and many other countries in the region?

See Department of Politics and International Studies

Why study MSc Politics of Asia at SOAS

We’re ranked 5th in the UK for Politics, as well as 3rd globally for academic reputation (QS World University Rankings 2022). 

The MSc Politics of Asia is organised along two pathways (South Asia / East Asia) with the option to combine courses from both whilst exploring courses covering other parts of the region. The degree examines the politics of Asia from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including political sociology, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations.

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in a relevant subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2022/23

Home students fees:
£14,270
Overseas students fees:
£23,800

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. This is a Band 2 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page

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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

This would focus on some aspect of Asian Politics.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Politics and International Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
List A

Compulsory modules

Module Code Credits Term
Frameworks of Political Analysis 15PPOH055 15 Term 2
Methodology in the Social Sciences 15PPOH060 15 Term 1
List B

East Asia Pathway

Module Code Credits Term
China and International Politics 15PPOH049 15 Term 1
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia 15PPOH050 15 Term 2
Elections, Social Movements and Gender in Taiwan 15PPOH054 15 Term 1
International Security Politics in East Asia 15PPOH059 15 Term 2
Political Economies of Northeast Asia: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOH061 15 Term 2
State and Society in the Chinese Political Process 1 15PPOH071 15 Term 1
List B

South Asia Pathway

Module Code Credits Term
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia 15PPOH052 15 Term 2
International Relations of South Asia 15PPOH058 15 Term 2
Politics of South Asia: Beyond India 15PPOH068 15 Term 2
List C

East Asia Pathway: A maximum of 30 credits from List C (including language open options)

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Taiwan in International Politics 15PPOH073 15 Term 2
East Asian Cinema (PG) 15PCHH051 15 Term 1
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 2
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 1
The Two Koreas since 1953 15PJKH033 15 Credits
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 15PLAH071 15
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
List C

South Asia Pathway: A maximum of 30 credits from List C (including language open options)

Module Code Credits Term
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOH046 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Community, Religion, and Conflict in South Asian History 15PHIH041 15 Term 2
Law, Religion, and the State in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - A 15PSAH034 15 Term 1
Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - B 15PSAH035 15 Term 2
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH022 15 Term 1
Hindi Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH023 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

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 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. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 2 tuition fee)

Full-time Part-time 2 years Part-time 3 years
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£14,270 £23,800 £7,135 £11,900 £4,710 £7,855

Fees go up each year, therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2022-04-05 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

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

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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