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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MA Global Diplomacy (Distance Learning)

Enhancing your International Career

Duration: It is envisaged that students will complete the programme within two calendar years.


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Start of programme: April and October

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Who is this programme for?:

The programme is designed for students who want to consider studying outside the confines of a traditional postgraduate on-campus experience. It is aimed primarily at mid-career professionals in diplomatic and related fields, and all those engaged in or planning to embark up on a professional career requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

Fees: £2,500 per module including an integrated 15,000-word dissertation module

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Programme description

MA Global Diplomacy, is a new distance learning programme offered by SOAS, University of London. It will provide a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice.

The degree aims to prepare students for such roles as those within a Foreign Service or other government department, international civil service (such as the United Nations or European Union), international NGOs (working in fields such as development, humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution), as well as multinational corporations and international media.

The programme also suits those engaged in or considering research roles such as within a policy think tank, risk analysis organisation or doctoral programme; seeking to deepen their academic understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice.

Email: glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050


Students will study four modules, comprising one core and three elective modules (30 credits each). Students will also be required to complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module
  • The Art of Negotiation
Sample Elective Modules (subject to availability)
  • Diplomatic Systems
  • Strategic Studies
  • International Security
  • International History and International Relations
  • Global International Organisation: The United Nations in the World
  • The United States in the World-American Diplomacy

How to Apply

You can apply using our online application form

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  •  27 March for an April 2015 start
  •  30 September for an October 2015 start

Supporting documentation for applications

Where copies of documents are required to support your application, you will be required to send the original or a ‘certified copy’. It is very important that you follow the document request accurately.

A certified copy – is a photocopy of a document that has been stamped and verified by one of the following:

  • British Council official. (You can find the location of your nearest British Council office from www.britishcouncil.org)
  • British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission
  • Notary Public
  • The issuing university (in the case of academic qualifications)

(If none of the above are available to you, please contact us for advice at glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk.)

The supporting documentation we require for distance learning applicants is:

  • An original or certified copy of your university transcript(s). This is a document from your university that records all the modules that you studied, the grades that you obtained and your final degree result. If you are having certified copies made, please ensure that you include any explanation of grades that may be printed on the reverse of the original.
  • A photocopy of an identity document, such as a passport or birth certificate.
  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate, where your previous university level studies were not taught and examined in English.
    For all applicants a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills is required. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7 in both reading and writing. For the TOEFL paper-based test, you will need a score of 600+, with at least 5.0 in the Test of Written English; and in the TOEFL internet-based test, you will need a score of 100+, with 25+ the written English test.

All supporting documentation must be in English. If it is necessary for documents to be translated, please send a certified copy of the original document with a certified translation. It is your responsibility to arrange for all the necessary documentation to be obtained in support of your application. We cannot undertake this on your behalf.

Please note that, if necessary, we reserve the right to verify your qualifications with the relevant awarding body and to request further information from you about your background.

Send your supporting documents to the following address:

Distance Learning Administration
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

A Student's Perspective

I chose SOAS to pursue my postgraduate studies because of the school’s outstanding reputation globally, its Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy with its pertinent programme that combines theory and practical application, taught by a faculty with exceptional backgrounds.

Alice Huang