SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is designed for students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post'conflict states; it looks more broadly at the future of global human rights in a world where, many claim, the influence of the West is declining and asks critical questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms and humanitarian intervention.

Course Modules

Core modules: Conflict, rights and justice; violence, justice and the politics of memory; international politics of human rights; dissertation. Optional modules may include (choose 3): Foreign policy analysis; international migration and diaspora politics; security governance; comparative international political thought; queer politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; political violence; the Indian Ocean in world politics; transitional justice in Asia; international laws on the use of force; security; Islamic/democratic political thought; approaches to comparative political thought; the law and politics of state violence (an interdisciplinary perspective); childhood, politics and law; Asian security.

Course Additional Entry

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £17,895  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £10,470  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,948  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £5,235  Academic year. First year home fees