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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    SOAS, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Who is this programme for?:

The SOAS MSc Politics of Asia fosters close analysis of politics in Asia—both South Asia and East Asia, with additional options covering Southeast Asia and Central Asia. How do globalization, nationalism, nuclear rivalry, and urban development affect political life in Asia? What drives the politics of ethnicity, religion, and gender? How should we understand the specific characteristics of politics (both formal and informal) in India, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, as well as Indonesia, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and many other countries in the region?

The MSc Politics of Asia is organised along two pathways (South Asia / East Asia) with the option to combine courses from both whilst exploring courses covering other parts of the region. The degree examines the politics of Asia from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including political sociology, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. Diplomats, activists, journalists, and those working with international organisations and NGOs, as well as those considering academic/research-oriented careers, will benefit from the broad analytical and in-depth empirical training provided by academics with wide professional networks and deep personal experience in Asia.

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught modules (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work taking place in two-hour sessions. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

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.

Application deadline

30 June 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

SOAS University of London

  • University League Table

    46th

  • Campus address

    SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Camden, WC1H 0XG, England

SOAS is a place for those who want to expand their horizons and develop a deeper understanding of the world, and to re-examine their preconceptions.
Building on values of social justice and equality, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views, and to think globally.
SOAS is one of the UK's most international universities, with around half of SOAS' students coming from outside the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 84 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    153 73%

    19th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%

    19th

    27
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    19th

    12

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