SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Asian Politics

This programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations; the course provides students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of 1 for the other) in Asia.

Entry requirements

The qualification for entry is normally a 1st or Upper 2nd 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.

Course modules

1 of the following regional politics courses: government and politics of modern South Asia; government and politics of modern South East Asia; state and society in Central Asia and the Caucasus ; geopolitics and security in central Asia and the Caucasus; northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan; state and society in the Chinese political process; 1 or 2 of the following regional politics courses: China and international politics; Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations; international politics of East Asia; Japan unravelled; the Indian ocean in world politics. 1 of the following disciplinary politics courses: state and development in Asia and Africa; state and society in Asia and Africa; queer politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East ; comparative international political thought; political thought on the just rebellion; Islamic/democratic political thought; international political economy; approaches to comparative political thought; introduction to quantitative methods in social research. 1 of the following courses focussed on Asia in a cognate discipline: modern Chinese law and institutions; culture and conflict in the Himalaya; economic problems and policies in modern China ; Japanese modernity i ; Japanese modernity ii ; colonialism and nationalism in South Asia; elementary spoken Cantonese (PG); elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG); special course in Chinese 1 (pg); intensive elementary Tibetan (PG); basic Japanese 1 (PG); Bengali language 1 (PG); Hindi language 1 (PG); Nepali language 1 (PG); Urdu language 1 (PG); Burmese language 1 (PG); Indonesian language 1 (PG); Khmer (Cambodian) language 1 (PG); Thai language 1 (PG) ; Vietnamese language 1 (PG); dissertation in political studies.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,880 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,880 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,940 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,440 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700