The MA in Law, Culture and Society allows students to study the relationships between law, society and cultural belief, broadly conceived. It gives students the opportunity to study direct impact of the law on commercial and governmental cultures, as well as the interactions between feminism and legal theory, and ethnic minorities and the law, amongst many others.
All SOAS courses are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on courses offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.
Please note that all MA students need to take a two week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course before the teaching term begins.
Students are required to take three taught courses and a dissertation as follows:
* At least two courses from the list below
* The third option may be chosen from the General List or can be from the list below
* Dissertation (10,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree (15PLAC999)
* Affirmative action law - 15PLAH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Alternative dispute resolution - 15PLAC104 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Comparative constitutional law - 15PLAC152 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Economic approaches to law - 15PLAH030 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 ( Unit) - Not Running 2012/13
* Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* International and comparative copyright law: copyright in the global village - 15PLAC115 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International and comparative corporate law - 15PLAC116 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law and development in Africa - 15PLAC160 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law & governance in the developing world - 15PLAC125 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law and social movements - 15PLAC128 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law and society in South Asia (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law and society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law, institutions and political economy of transition - 15PLAC134 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC109 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law of Islamic finance - 15PLAC159 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law of the creative cultural industries in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC161 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Migration, gender and the law in South East Asia and beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Multinational enterprises and the law - 15PLAC140 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Scholarships and Bursaries
There are some scholarships and bursaries available for postgraduate students. These are very competitive and early application is advised.
· The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary (programme must include studying the history of the modern Arab world)
· AKS Postgraduate Bursary (in Korean Studies)
· Bernard Buckman Scholarship (MA Chinese Studies, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS. There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.
· Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)
· D.G.Hall Scholarship (Taught Masters programmes at SOAS, for applicants holding a Burma/Myanmar passport)
· Felix Scholarships (for Indian students)
· Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)
· HSBC SOAS Scholarships (MA Sinology & MA Chinese Literature, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· Kamran Djam Scholarships (MA Iranian Studies)
· Professor Stuart Wilson Scholarship (MA South East Asian Studies)
· Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica)
· Tibawi Trust Awards (for Palestinian students currently enrolled in a programme at SOAS)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Gender Studies, MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages)
· SOAS Master's Scholarships- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics & International Studies and Financial & Management Studies)
· Tallow Chandlers and M. W Beer scholarship (MA) (MA Anthropology of Food, for UK/EU fee paying students)
· William Ross Murray Scholarship (LLM, for students from a developing country)