Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
The programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states. It is also highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work in international NGOs, international organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups in the areas of rights, humanitarian assistance and transitional justice. It also looks more broadly at the future of global human rights in a world where, many claim, the influence of the West is declining and asks critical questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms and humanitarian intervention.
Structure, duration and requirements for gaining an award
SOAS has standard requirements relating to the structure and duration of taught postgraduate programmes and for the award and classification of these programmes.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
- Dissertation in Political Studies
- Conflict, rights and justice
- Violence, justice and the politics of memory
- International Politics of Human Rights
- Choose modules to the value of 45 credits from list B below.
- Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from list B or C below.
List of Modules (subject to availability)
- List B
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- International migration and diaspora politics
- The Politics of Global Security
- Comparative International Political Thought
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Political violence
- The Indian Ocean in World Politics
- International laws on the use of force
- Islamic/Democratic Political Thought
- Political violence
- Approaches to Comparative Political Thought
- The Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
- Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle
- Asian Security
- List C
- Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus
- Politics of resistance in the Middle East
- International theory
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research
- Islam and politics
- Japan Unravelled
- Political society in the Middle East
- State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus
- State and transformation in the Middle East
- Political Thought on the Just Rebellion
- Anthropology of Human Rights (PG)
- Anthropology of Development
- Anthropology of Globalisation (PG)
- Issues in the Anthropology of Gender
- Therapy and Culture
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World
- Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach
- Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development
- Global Advocacy
- Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law
- The Law of Armed Conflict
- Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals
- Human Rights and Islamic Law
- Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms
- Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication
- The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply for this course via the online application form.
We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.
Consideration of Application
The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.
Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.
Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.
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.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.