SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Politics of Asia (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The SOAS MSc Politics of Asia offers deep engagement with politics in South Asia and East Asia, including options covering Southeast Asia and Central Asia. How does globalization, nationalism, ethnic conflict, nuclear rivalry, questions of gender, and urban development shape political life in Asia? What are the specific characteristics of politics, formal and informal, in India? Pakistan? China? Taiwan? Japan? Korea? Indonesia? Thailand? Kazakhstan? These are just some of the questions this programme invites you to explore. Organised along two distinct pathways - South Asia and East Asia - it offers an opportunity to study politics in the region from a range of disciplinary approaches, including political sociology, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. Diplomats, activists, journalists, analysts, and those considering research-oriented careers will benefit from the broad analytical and in-depth empirical training provided by academics with wide professional networks and, most importantly, deep and extensive knowledge of Asia.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

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)

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.

Outline

Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits + dissertation:

  • 30 credits from List A (compulsory)
  • A minimum of 60 credits from List B 
  • A maximum of 30 credits from List C (or any open option with the approval of the programme convenor)
  • Dissertation on some aspect of Asian Politics (compulsory)
Dissertation

This would focus on some aspect of Asian Politics.

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

Students must take both modules in List A (to the value of 30 credits.

AND

Choose a minimum of 60 credits from List B

AND

Choose a maximum of 30 credits from List C OR any open option with approval of programme convenor.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Frameworks of Political Analysis 15PPOH055 15 Term 1
Methodology in the Social Sciences 15PPOH060 15 Term 1
List B (East Asia Pathway):
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia 15PPOH050 15 Full Year
Political Economies of Northeast Asia: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOH061 15 Term 1
International Security Politics in East Asia 15PPOH059 15 Term 1
China and International Politics 15PPOH049 15 Term 1
Elections, Social Movements and Gender in Taiwan 15PPOH054 15 Term 1
Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 15PPOH067 15 Term 2
Politics of Island Southeast Asia 15PPOH066 15 Term 1
List B (South Asia Pathway):
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Politics of South Asia: Beyond India 15PPOH068 15 Term 1
Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia 15PPOH052 15 Term 2
International Relations of South Asia 15PPOH058 15 Term 1
Politics of Imagining South Asia 15PPOH065 15 Term 1
Race and Caste 15PPOH070 15 Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Politics of Island Southeast Asia 15PPOH066 15 Term 1
Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 15PPOH067 15 Term 2
Politics of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia 15PPOH064 15 Term 1
List C (East Asia Pathway):
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Taiwan in International Politics 15PPOH073 15 Term 2
Globalising China 15PPOH056 15 Term 1
Development Politics of the Emerging Market Economies 15PPOH053 15 Term 1
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 1 Not Running 2020/2021
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG) 15PJKH033 15 Term 2
Culture and Conflict in Nepal 15PSAH017 15 Term 1
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 15PLAH071 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2020/2021
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year Not Running 2020/2021
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):
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOH046 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia 15PHIH041 15 Term 2
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Understanding Communal Violence in India since 1947 15PSRH052 15 Term 1
The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 15 Term 2 Not Running 2020/2021
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Full Year
Culture and Conflict in Nepal 15PSAH017 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 2
Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 15 Term 1
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
Jaina Philosophy in Comparative Perspective 15PSRH056 15 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
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. 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

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

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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