SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Asian Politics

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

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£11,545
Overseas fees:
£19,730

Fees for 2018/19 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

2018 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

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Containing 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia is the setting for many of the most important political issues in the world today. These issues include the rise of China and India, economic dynamism of the Asian-Pacific area, regional integration (ASEAN, SAARC, Shanghai Cooperation Organization), security hotspots (Korean Peninsula, Taiwan Straits, India-Pakistan, the ‘global war on terror’), democratic transition and consolidation, the survival of non-democratic regimes, and identity conflicts of ethnicity, religion and language. To understand these and other political processes, this MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations. The evidence from Asia will also reveal the relevance and limitations of the concepts and methods derived from North American/European settings and suggest ways in which they may be modified. The expertise available in the Department enables students to concentrate on one of the sub-regions of Asia, (East Asia. South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia) should they choose to do so. Alternatively, they may follow a more comparative approach by selecting a mixture of units covering different sub-regions.

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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.

Students take taught modules to the value of 4 full units + dissertation:

90 credits from List A (compulsory);
30 credits from List B or C or any open option with the approval of the degree convenor
Dissertation on some aspect of Asian Politics (compulsory).

NB. A maximum of 30 credits may be selected from China-focused modules (15PPOC012, 15PPOC018 or 15PPOC252).
A. 90 credits:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
B. ONE or TWO of the following Regional Politics Courses:
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
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
C. 30 credits from list B or C or any open option with the approval of the degree convenor:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 30 Full Year
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 30 Full Year
The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
(Students wishing to take 15PHIH013 must also take 15PHIH014)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
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 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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
£11,545 £19,730 £5,773 £9,865 £3,848 £6,577
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