Diplomacy Postgraduate Studies Degrees

The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) is committed to the promotion of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.

Through varied degree programmes and course offerings, as well a range of extra-curricular activities, the Centre’s aim is to deliver cross-disciplinary teaching and learning that combines an understanding of key concepts, theories and debates with effective practical skills training.

Our programmes will deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific niche or region.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

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The programme draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and regional studies. Students choose a combination of modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.

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The 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.

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The MSc is designed for those engaged with or planning a career in professional contexts relating to energy and/or climate policy.

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The MSc is designed for those engaged with or planning a career in professional contexts relating to energy and/or climate policy.

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Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia.

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The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics in Africa.

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This MSc programme draws upon the concepts and methods of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (political sociology and political economy) and international relations.

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This MSc programme gives students the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training in political theory, with special reference to the study of politics outside Europe and America.

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This programme provides thematic modules that encourage students to look at political processes in the region from distinct perspectives, such as the study of political violence, the examination of the politics of resistance and the understanding of Islamic political ideologies and political movements.

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Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on Middle East & North Africa.

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You will explore the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities and the key themes of Ethnicity, Gender, Islamaphobia, Law, History, and Civil society.

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This MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the different Chinese Politics modules.

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This programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states.

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This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy.

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This unique course brings together cutting-edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies, with award-winning blended pedagogic delivery to address a range of relevant issues such as Gender, Human Rights and the role of International Organisations.

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The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international relations.

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The course is designed for a wide-ranging number of participants whether preparing for or undertaking a PhD, completing an undergraduate or Master’s dissertation, or as part of a professional task.

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The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes.

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