SOAS University of London: Politics and International Studies

SOAS University of London
Politics and International Studies


Teaching and research in the department is distinguished by a critical approach to the study of the politics of the Global South. SOAS Politics programmes engage with the developments and realities of African, Asian and Middle Eastern domestic and international politics, while also offering different perspectives for understanding these realities.

Postgraduate degrees include:

Real-world relevance
In the wide-range of modules taught on the Politics degrees, students pursue in-depth study of such salient topics as the political economies of China, Japan, Korea, and India; the politics of the Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia; and the politics of justice and reconciliation in Africa.

As a student, you will engage in research that has a tangible effect on the real world by interacting with scholars who take a challenging and heterodox approach to important contemporary issues, and that is why our knowledge is sought after by governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations and the global mass media.

Networks and influencers
One of the Department’s key strengths lies in fostering a supportive learning and teaching environment for its students.

This learning environment extends beyond the institutional level, thanks to the networks and relationships we have with many key influencers, such as the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Royal Institute for International Affairs at Chatham House.

International Studies and Diplomacy
The Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS provides a combination of multi-disciplinary teaching, leading research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

Postgraduate degrees include:

Online programmes:

Scholarships and awards
SOAS offers a diverse range of scholarships to help students finance their postgraduate studies, including:

  • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, (certain countries apply, these can be found on SOAS website). Worth partial fee waiver of £3,000 based on academic merit achievement of a UK first-class honours degree (1st) or the international equivalent and a 250-word personal statement.
  • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award is designed to reward and inspire excellence in global citizenship including inclusivity, leadership, social responsibility, innovation in solving complex local and global challenges. Scholars within the programme will benefit from a range of academic, financial and personal support including a £3,500 cash award and £750 for academic self-development, i.e. giving a paper at a conference

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