SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc International Politics

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

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 in International Politics might be classified as a disciplinary MSc. In it, the objective is to give the student the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training in political theory, with special reference to the study of politics outside Europe and America. 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

Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits + dissertation. Credits must be taken in the following combination.

  • 15-credit module from A (this module is compulsory)
  • A combined total of 105 credits from lists B, C, D or E, with no more than 30 credits coming from List E.
  • Dissertation (60 credits, compulsory) on some aspect of International Politics

*All modules offered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy are subject to convenors’ approval.

A. Compulsory Course:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International theory 15PPOH014 15 Term 1
B. Up to THREE of the following modules:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 15 Term 1
Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 15 Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 1
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Childhood, Politics and the Law 15PPOH037 15 - Not Running 2017/18
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits - Not Running 2017/18
C. Up to FOUR of the following modules:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 15 Term 2
International Politics of Transitional Justice 15PFFH010 15 Term 2
Asian Security 15PPOH027 15 Credits - Not Running 2017/18
Security governance 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 15 Term 2
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Full Year
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 22.5 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 15 Term 2
D. Up to THREE of the following modules:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Urban Politics in the Middle East 15PPOH042 15 Full Year
International Economics 15PFFC004 30 Full Year
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
E. Modules in a Cognate Disciple
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 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
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 2
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 2
The Making of the Contemporary World 15PHIH035 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 1
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 30 Full Year
Sport and Diplomacy: 'More than a Game' 15PFFH001 15 Term 2
History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFH006 15 Term 1
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 15 Term 2
F. Dissertation:

This would be focused on some aspect of International Politics raised by the compulsory module 15PPOH014.

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.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught courses (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most courses 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. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

SOAS MSc International Politics students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of international politics, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.  

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
Consulate-General of Japan in New York
Danish Institute for International Studies
Finnish Broadcasting Company
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme Africa
NATO
Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway)
Reuters
Saïd Foundation
The Next Century Foundation
The Risk Advisory Group
The World Bank
United Nations Development Programme
United States Government
World Economic Forum
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Paralegal
Research Advisor
Middle East and North Africa Analyst
Associate Editor
Academic Relations Specialist
Journalist
Program Assistant, MENA
Political Risk Analyst
Oil and Gas Consultant
Regional Consultant
Social Media Manager and Contributor
Project Director
Operations Analyst
Lecturer
Project Manager


For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS picks up where other universities leave off. Others might give you knowledge that is predominantly western oriented. SOAS, on the other hand, gives you an understanding of non-western languages, cultures and countries which is increasingly important in a globalised world.

Ally Clifton

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