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 courses of Multinational Enterprises, Global Public Policy and Project Management, students choose a fourth course to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.
- 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.
Dr. Stephanie Blankenburg, CISD at SOAS, University of London
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840
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 courses to the value of 3 full units plus 10,000 word dissertation
- One unit and two half units from A (compulsory)
- One unit (or two half units) from B or C
- Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes
A). Globalisation and Multinational Corporations Courses
- Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World: Economic and Legal Perspectives
- Global Public Policy
- Project Management
B). Additional courses available from the Centre
- International Relations 1; Foundations of World Politics
- International Relations 2; Contemporary World Politics
- International Law 1; Foundation
- International Law 2; Contemporary Problems of World Order
- International Economics
- International Security
- Global Energy and Climate Policy
- Sport and Diplomacy: "More than a Game"
- The United Nations in the World
Please note that acceptance onto an elective course is subject to availability of places, timetabling and the approval of the convenor of that course.
Suggested electives for Globalisation and Multinational Corporations students
Full Unit courses (1.0)
- China and International Politics
- Chinese Commercial Law
- Comparative Politics of the Middle East
- Economic Development of South East Asia
- Economic Dynamics of the Asia-Pacific Region
- Economic Problems and Policies in Modern China
- Government and Politics in Africa
- Government and Politics of Modern South Asia
- Government and Politics of Modern South East Asia
- International Politics of East Asia
- Modern Chinese Law and Human Rights
- State and Society in the Chinese Political Process
- Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations
- Theory, Policy and Practice of Development
Half Unit courses (0.5)
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Economic Development of Modern Taiwan
- Finance in the Global Market
- Financial Law
- International Human Resource Management
- International Management
- International Marketing
- International Political Communication
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- Japanese Modernity 1
- Japanese Modernity 2
- Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
- Legal Aspects of International Finance
- Management in China 1: domestic perspectives
- Management in China 2: international perspectives
- Management in Japan 1: economic development and business environment
- Management in Japan 2: current Issues in Japanese business and management
- Power in World Politics
- Research Methods in Management
- Risk Management
- The Making of the Contemporary World
- Topics in the Chinese Economy
- Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use
Although all GMC core courses run every year, we cannot guarantee that all elective courses offered during the pre-registration period will be available for each academic session.
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 courses 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 courses 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 courses, 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 course taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.
- 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 course offered by other SOAS departments (e.g. Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law, Languages, etc)
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
How to apply
How to apply
- How to Apply
- Online Application
- Funding options
- English language requirements
- Tuition Fees
- Admissions Contacts
Application Deadline: 2014-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2014-02-28 17:00
A Student's Perspective
The GMC programme's inter-disciplinary approach is extremely valuable in creating an understanding of the complexities involved in trying to legislate for corporate responsibility and accountability.