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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.
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.
Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.
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.
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.
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.
Students take taught courses to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:
A. Compulsory Course:
- International theory - 15PPOH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
B. ONE from the following:
- Violence, justice and the politics of memory - 15PPOH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East - 15PPOH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Sociology of International Norms - 15PPOH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- International migration and diaspora politics - 15PPOH012 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Security governance - 15PPOH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Power in world politics - 15PPOH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
- Conflict, rights and justice - 15PPOH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Geopolitics: Space and Power - 15PPOH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Comparative International Political Thought - 15PPOH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Islam and politics - 15PPOH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Foreign policy analysis - 15PPOH013 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
C. ONE from the following Regional International Politics courses:
- International politics of Africa - 15PPOC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- China and international politics - 15PPOC018 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International politics of the Middle East - 15PPOC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International politics of East Asia - 15PPOC251 (1 Unit) - Full Year
D. ONE from the following Regional Politics courses (or two half courses):
- State and development in Asia and Africa - 15PPOC017 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State & society in Asia & Africa - 15PPOC008 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Government and politics in Africa - 15PPOC205 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Government and politics of modern South Asia - 15PPOC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Government and politics of modern South East Asia - 15PPOC247 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State and society in the Chinese political process - 15PPOC012 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations - 15PPOC252 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan - 15PPOC253 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Political society in the Middle East - 15PPOH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- State and transformation in the Middle East - 15PPOH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
This would be focused on some aspect of International Politics raised by the compulsory course 15PPOH014.
- Dissertation in Political Studies - 15PPOC999 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Scholarships and Bursaries
There are some scholarships and bursaries available for postgraduate students. These are very competitive and early application is advised.
· The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary (programme must include studying the history of the modern Arab world)
· AKS Postgraduate Bursary (in Korean Studies)
· Bernard Buckman Scholarship (MA Chinese Studies, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS. There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.
· Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)
· D.G.Hall Scholarship (Taught Masters programmes at SOAS, for applicants holding a Burma/Myanmar passport)
· Felix Scholarships (for Indian students)
· Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)
· HSBC SOAS Scholarships (MA Sinology & MA Chinese Literature, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· Kamran Djam Scholarships (MA Iranian Studies)
· Professor Stuart Wilson Scholarship (MA South East Asian Studies)
· Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica)
· Tibawi Trust Awards (for Palestinian students currently enrolled in a programme at SOAS)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Gender Studies, MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics & International Studies and Financial & Management Studies)
· Tallow Chandlers and M. W Beer scholarship (MA) (MA Anthropology of Food, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· William Ross Murray Scholarship (LLM, for students from a developing country)