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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

Duration: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time).


Minimum Entry Requirements: A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Candidates with a lower class degree but with degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations (GMC) programme is designed for those engaged in, or aspiring to, professional careers in the public, corporate or not-for-profit sectors related to the political and economic management and regulation of multinational corporations.

GMC specifically addresses the requirements of those seeking a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs. The programme aims to prepare students for a variety of roles in government departments, regulatory agencies, international organisations (such as the OECD or WTO) industry bodies, NGOs, as advisors, managers, researchers or project professionals with multinational corporations, trade unions and advocacy organisations.

The programme has a multi-disciplinary structure and draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages.  In addition to the three core modules of Multinational Enterprises, Global Public Policy and Project Management, students choose other modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour of Geneva and Paris.

Programme objectives
  • Excellent understanding of the development and activities of Multinational Enterprises (MNE) and their regulation from economic and legal perspectives.
  • Excellent knowledge of economic, legal and public policy approaches to researching MNE organisation, impact and regulation in the global economy.
  • Ability to critically analyse and design solutions to regulatory and public policy challenges related to MNE activities in both the global North and South.
  • Development of practical skills including policy analysis, project management, advocacy, negotiation and strategic communication.

We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds; however, is not necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to globalisation and multinational corporations. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in light of relevant professional experience and where the applicant can demonstrate a sustained practical interest in the international field.

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Dr. Stephanie Blankenburg, CISD at SOAS, University of London

Email: cisd@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840


Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take taught modules to the value of 3 full units plus 10,000 word dissertation

  1. One unit and two half units from A (compulsory)
  2. One unit (or two half units) from B or C
  3. Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes
A). Globalisation and Multinational Corporations modules
B). Additional modules available from the Centre
C). Electives

Please note that acceptance onto an elective module is subject to availability of places, timetabling and the approval of the convenor of that module.

Suggested electives for Globalisation and Multinational Corporations students
Full Unit modules (1.0)
 Half Unit modules (0.5)


Although all GMC core modules run every year, we cannot guarantee that all elective modules offered during the pre-registration period will be available for each academic session. Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

The programme may be taken in one year (full time) or in two or three years part time with the schedule designed to allow participation by those in full time employment. Participants may choose a combination of modules to meet their professional needs and personal interests. The programme is convened on a multi-disciplinary basis, and teaching is through lectures, tutorials and workshops conducted by SOAS faculty and visiting specialists.

Lectures for GMC modules usually take place in the evening (18.00-20.00) and associated tutorials are repeated in hourly slots starting as early as 14.00 for some modules, with the latest taking place at 20.00. Students sign up for tutorial groups at the start of term and stay in the same group throughout the academic year. There is a minimum of two and a half hours formal teaching a week (lecture and tutorial) for each GMC module taken.  Practical exercises may take place at weekends.

Teaching includes
  • Theory and practice of Multinational Enterprises and their regulation in a globalising world
  • Global Public Policy theory and practice
  • Project Management
  • Practical toolkit in policy analysis and planning, strategic communication, risk management and negotiation skills
  • Interaction with policymakers, regulators and government officials, MNE executives, NGO representatives, and other practitioners
  • An elective from a wide range: International Relations, International Law, International Economics, International Security, Global Energy and Climate Policy, or a module offered by other SOAS departments (e.g. Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law, Languages, etc)
Further activities

Also included in the degree programme:

  • Week long study trip to Geneva and Paris
  • Study trips to major multinational enterprises
  • Advanced media and communication skills training by current and former BBC staff
  • Guest lectures by leading scholars and senior practitioners (visit the CISD website to listen to the podcasts)
  • Opportunities to actively participate in Centre research programmes

A Student's Perspective

I had been looking for a qualification that would enhance my employability in the private sector for some time. I believe I found it in the Globalisation and Multinational Corporations programme at CISD.

Alessandra Awolowo