The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc Central Asian Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Central Asia. 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 complete three examined courses and write a 10,000 word dissertation.
Students can take only ONE DISCIPLINARY politics course
1: 15PPOC007 Politics and Society in Central Asia (compulsory)
2: ONE of the following REGIONAL politics courses: 15PPOC248 International Politics of Asia 15PPOC241 Government and Politics of Turkey OR ONE of the following DISCIPLINARY courses:
15PPOC017 State and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC008 State and Society in Asia and Africa 15PPOC015 Modernity in Asia and Africa AND
3: ONE of the following DISCIPLINARY courses (if a DISCIPLINARY course not already chosen in 2):
15PPOC017 State and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC008 State and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC015 Modernity in Asia and Africa OR ONE of the following language courses
Elementary Persian Elementary Turkish Elementary Georgian Elementary Uzbek(or another language course at a suitable level)
4: 15PPOC999 Dissertation (on an aspect of Central Asian Politics)
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)
Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.
Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.
-Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).
Department of Politics and International Studies
The Department’s academic staff are leading and highly-regarded scholars in their fields and most have knowledge of one or more languages of their regions of interest, in addition to their disciplinary specialism.
Staff members conduct cutting-edge research on the politics of the Global South, with expertise in nationalism, urban politics, political violence, security, migration and diaspora mobilization, Islamic political and intellectual history, transitional justice, politics of multiculturalism, international relations theory, gender, comparative political economy, human rights, and the study of ideologies.