SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Politics of Africa (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

SOAS is one of the few universities in the world to offer a Masters degree in the politics of Africa. There are many interdisciplinary ‘African Studies’ degrees, but African politics typically makes up only a part of such degrees. Our MSc Politics of Africa offers an wide range of modules in which students cover historical and contemporary periods of African politics, as well as debates informed by all of the major sub-disciplines of politics: international relations, comparative politics and political theory. We use ideas from these fields to see Africa in comparative perspective, and use our knowledge of the African context to talk back to the discipline about the uses and limitations of theoretical perspectives that originate in other parts of the world.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

Anyone interested in the politics of Africa! Of course, it is an advantage to have an undergraduate degree with good marks in social science and humanities subjects (politics, history, philosophy, development, economics, etc) and to have prior knowledge of continent. But we don’t require all of that in any candidate. You just need to bring a genuine interest in political life and events on the African continent, enthusiasm to learn and to engage the remarkable community of people this degree brings together.

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:
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 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£12,720
Overseas fees:
£21,750

Fees for 2020/21 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

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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.

Overview

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation:

  • Politics of Africa (30 credits) & Methodology in the Social Sciences (15 credits).
  • A minimum of 30 credits from List B.
  • A maximum of 45 credits from List C.
  • Dissertation on some aspect of African Politics (compulsory).

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

Dissertation

This would focus on some aspect of African Politics.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Politics and International Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
Core Modules

Modules must be completed successfully for the achievement of an exit award.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Politics of Africa 15PPOC257 30 Full Year
Methodology in the Social Sciences 15PPOH060 15 Term 1
AND

Choose a minimum of 30 credits from List B, and a maximum of 45 credits from List C.

List B:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Politics of Southern Africa: Rule and Resistance after Apartheid 15PPOH069 15 Term 1
The Politics of Central Africa: Social Rupture and Reconfiguration in the Great Lakes Region 15PPOH063 15 Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
List C:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 1
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 2
The Politics of Global Security 15PPOH015 15 Term 2
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
White Supremacy and African Resistance in Colonial Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 1
Politics of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia 15PPOH064 15 Term 1
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa (PG) 15PHIH003 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 15 Term 2 Not Running 2020/2021
Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 15 Term 1 Not Running 2020/2021
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2 Not Running 2020/2021
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
Gender and Security in Africa 15PGNH015 15 Term 2
African Feminisms: Theories, Politics and Action 15PGNH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2020/2021
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year Not Running 2020/2021
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 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

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 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£12,720 £21,750 £6,360 £10,875 £4,240 £7,250

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Ghana

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Japan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Nigeria

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – South Korea

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

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

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