SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc African Politics

duration:
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.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

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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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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.

Convenors

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

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.

ONE module from List A (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.

A. Compulsory Module:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
B. Full-Unit Politics Modules:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
C. Half-Unit Politics Modules (maximum 30 credits total from this list):
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 1
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
Security governance 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 22.5 Term 1
D: Modules focused on Africa in a cognate discipline (maximum 30 credits total from this list):

Courses from this section may only be taken with permission of the programme convenor and relevant course convenor.

Language courses: students should chose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Course Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of course would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 30 Full Year
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 30 Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Visual Cultures in South Africa: Past and Present 15PAFC143 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in an African Langauage 15PAFC147 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Advanced Somali: Formal Usage (PG) 15PAFC148 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 2
Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) 15PAFH011 15 Term 2
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 1
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 15 Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Morocco and the Horizons of Visibility 15PARH065 15 Term 2
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 1
Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 15 Term 2
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Water and Development:Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 15 Term 2
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 2
Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 15 Term 2
The working poor and development 15PDSH030 15 Term 2
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 2
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
Dissertation:

This would focus on some aspect of African Politics raised by the compulsory module 15PPOC205

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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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. 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.

Learning Resources

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

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. 

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£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
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