SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This certificate is a one-year course that is offered by the department to those who are keen to study politics at Masters level, but do not have a first degree in the subject. It is also of interest for those who do not wish to commit three or four years to an undergraduate degree but want to study some introductory courses. It is particularly useful for students who have a first degree in an Africa- or Asia-related subject or language, and who wish to apply that skill to the study of a particular country or region.

Students have to take four undergraduate units from those that are available to full-time undergraduate students, with whom they also attend lectures and tutorials. Course expectations are the same as for full time students (attendance, coursework, essays, annual examinations, etc). Passing the certificate at an upper second class standard is normally deemed to make a student eligible for the taught Master's degrees offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £7,326 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £7,326 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £17,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.