BA International Relations (dual degree options)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


The SOAS BA International Relations degree provides a uniquely global and comparative approach to the study of world affairs. Through a study of world history and global power relations, students gain a better understanding of the sources of conflict and cooperation among states, shifts in the international economy, as well as the roles of culture, identity and ideas in world politics. Students finish the degree equipped with the conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks to understand contemporary world events.

The BA International Relations programme is structured around a combination of disciplinary, regional and specialised modules, with opportunities to take other Politics option modules (e.g. Political Theory, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Islam and Democracy) or a language.

Teaching on the International Relations degree focuses on providing students with individual attention and mentoring. Students can specialise in a particular area of interest in their final year if they wish, by undertaking an independent study project, which pairs them with a member of staff. We also offer advice on careers, internships and further study in international affairs.

The Combined Honours degree may be combined with:

The study of International Relations can be combined with a wide range of social science and humanities subjects, or with the study of languages and regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East only available at SOAS.

Please note: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

  • African Studies, LT25 BA/IRAS
  • African Studies (including a year abroad)
  • Arabic+, LT2P BA/IRA
  • Chinese+, LB23 BA/IRC
  • Development Studies, LL28 BA/IRDS
  • Economics, LL21 BA/IRE
  • History, LV22 BA/IRH
  • Japanese+, LTF2 BA/IRJ
  • Japanese Studies, LTG2 BA/IRJS
  • Korean+, LT24 BA/IRK
  • Law, LMF1 BA/IRL
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology, LL26S09 BA/IRSA
  • South Asian Studies++ (3 Year), LTF3S09 BA/RSAS
  • South Asian Studies++(4 Year), LTG3 BA/IRSASt
  • South-East Asian Studies, LTF4 BA/IRSEAS
  • Study of Religions, LVF6 BA/IRSR

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) 1 year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with the option of 1 year abroad

Structure

BA International Relations as a three-year degree programme. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of disciplinary units. In addition, students have the option of taking ‘open’ modules offered by any other SOAS department.

Our modules assume no previous disciplinary or regional knowledge. These are taught through lectures and tutorial seminars. Each module typically involves weekly lectures of one hour each and weekly tutorials of one hour each.

For International Relations component of a two-subject degree, over the course of a three-year degree, students must complete 360 credits. These can be split evenly between both subjects (180/180), or be varied between the two subjects if the programme structure gives scope for this. Students must have at least 150 credits in one subject (with a maximum of 240 credits being possible) and 120 credits in the other subject (with a maximum of 210 credits being possible) in order to be awarded a two-subject degree. The subject in which the higher amount of credits has been passed will be named first on the final degree awarded.

Year 1

Core Module

Students will take the following three core modules

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Global History
  • Introduction to Political Analysis

Optional Modules

Students can take one of the following 30 credit guided options OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the Open Options List (Language Modules | Non-language Modules)

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • States, people, and power in Asia and Africa
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Year 1 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Module

Students will take the following core module

  • Introduction to International Relations

and

Students will also take one of the following core modules

  • Introduction to Political Analysis
  • Introduction to Global History

Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 2

Students will take guided modules to the value of 60 credits from the Year 2 Disciplinary Modules list below.

and

Guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 2 Regional Modules list below.

and

Modules to the value of 30 credits from either the Year 2 Regional Modules OR Year 2 Optional Modules OR the Open Option (Languages | Non-languages) Lists.

Year 2 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Modules

Students will take one of the following core modules:

  • War and the International
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • Religion and World Politics

and

Students will also take ONE of the following core modules:

  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations of Africa
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations of South Asia

Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 3 List A below.

and

Guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 3 List A OR Year 3 List B below.

and

Guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 3 List A OR Year 3 List B below.

and

Modules to the value of 30 credits from either the Year 3 List A OR Year 3 List B below OR the Open Option (Languages | Non-languages) Lists.

Year 3 (Combined Honours Degree)

Optional Modules

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 3 List A below.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from either the Year 3 List A or List B OR 30 credits from their Second Subject.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from either the Year 3 List A or List B OR 30 credits from the Open Options (Languages | Non-languages) Lists OR 30 credits from their Second Subject.

Second Subject

The student will take modules to the value of 30 credits in the second subject.

List of modules (subject to availability)

Year 2: Disciplinary modules

  • War and the International
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • Religion and World Politics

Year 2: Regional modules

  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations of Africa
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations of South Asia

Year 2: Optional modules

  • Government and politics of China
  • Government and politics of South Asia
  • Government and politics of the Middle East
  • Southeast Asian government and politics
  • The state and politics in Africa
  • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations
  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
  • Political theory
  • Politics of development
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • States, people, and power in Asia and Africa

Year 3: List A

  • Globalisation and global governance
  • Identity in International Relations
  • International Institutions and World Politics
  • Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration
  • African Political Thought
  • Decolonising World Politics
  • Key Debates on Neoliberalism

Year 3: List B

  • Independent Study Project in International Relations
  • War and the International
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations of Africa
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations of South Asia
  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
  • Political theory
  • Politics of development
  • Islam and Democracy
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa
  • Government and politics of China
  • Government and politics of South Asia
  • Government and politics of the Middle East
  • Southeast Asian government and politics
  • The state and politics in Africa
  • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations
  • Politics of Culture
  • Politics of Gender
  • Issues in Turkish Politics
  • Politics, Economy, Society: Japan
  • Conflict, Rights and Justice
  • Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: AAA-AAB
    IB: 37 (6/6/6)

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: 80%

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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