MSc International Politics

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc International Politics

SOAS University of London

MSc International Politics

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

Minimum 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

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.


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:

  • International theory 15PPOH014 (15 credits) Term 1

B. Up to THREE of the following modules:

  • International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Security governance 15PPOH015 (15 credits) Term 1
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15 credits) Term 1

C. Up to FOUR of the following modules:

  • International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Politics of Transitional Justice 15PFFH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Asian Security 15PPOH027 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 (15 credits) Term 2
  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Urban Politics in the Middle East 15PPOH042 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 (15 credits) Term 2

D. Up to THREE of the following modules:

  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30credits) Full Year
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 (30credits) Full Year
  • State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30credits) Full Year
  • Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (30credits) Full Year
  • International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 (30credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30credits) Full Year
  • International Economics 15PFFC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 (30credits) Full Year

E. Modules in a Cognate Discipline

  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Security 15PDSH020 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Making of the Contemporary World 15PHIH035 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 (30credits) Full Year
  • Sport and Diplomacy: 'More than a Game' 15PFFH001 (15 credits) Term 2
  • History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 (15 credits) Term 2

F. Dissertation:

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

  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 (60credits) Full Year
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,545 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,545; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,730 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019