SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. 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.

This course aims to provide an excellent and broad-ranging knowledge of African politics, enabling the students to discourse fluently and knowledgeably about the governments and politics of sub-Saharan Africa 2; address theoretical and normative contexts in which African politics sit, with a view to further study and research and visit Africa without false or naïve assumptions.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,715 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,040 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,040 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £6,905 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose English is not their first language need to have an IELTS score 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.
  • TOEFL score: 100