SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MA Global Diplomacy: MENA (Online Learning)

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Overview

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

Research is a key component of this programme upon completion will give students the skills to:

  • think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy, and political economy in Middle East & North Africa.
  • develop and practice the ability to see – and to comment on – the strengths and the weaknesses of others’ ideas and arguments.

The programme is delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and the University of London International Academy (UoLIA)  in association with the FCO's Diplomatic Academy, using a combination of multi-disciplinary teaching, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

This programme is available as a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level. Please see the Structure tab for more information.

Who is this programme for?

This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in Middle East & North Africa requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

By studying online, students will also have the flexibility to integrate studies into working life without having to take a career break.

"Art of ​Negotiation has been transformational for my day job, particularly ​for ​the peace process"
​Charlotte North, FCO ​Global Diplomacy ​MA Student

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

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.

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duration:
2 years

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Structure

Masters

There are two core modules and a range of elective modules on offer each session. There are also four research mini modules.

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules
  • 1 x dissertation on a topic related to Middle East & North Africa (60 credits)

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the Middle East & North Africa list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Diploma

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the Middle East & North Africa list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Certificate

  • 1 x core module (30 credits)
  • 1 x elective module (30 credits)
  • 2 x research mini modules
Module Type
The Art of Negotiation Core
Economics, Politics and Society in MENA Core
America and the World: US Foreign Policy Diplomacy Elective
Cultural Diplomacy Diplomacy Elective
Digital Diplomacy Diplomacy Elective
Diplomacy and Power: International Actors in the Middle East Middle East & North Africa Elective
Diplomatic Systems Diplomacy Elective
Evolution of Warfare Diplomacy Elective
Foundations of International Law Diplomacy Elective
Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East Middle East & North Africa Elective
Global Citizenship and Advocacy Diplomacy Elective
Global Energy and Climate Change Diplomacy Elective
Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World Diplomacy Elective
Global Media Diplomacy Elective
International Economics Diplomacy Elective
Islamic Law in a Global Context Diplomacy Elective
Modern Africa: History, Politics and Society Diplomacy Elective
Muslim Minorities in a Global Context Diplomacy Elective
Pakistan: Religion, Politics and Security Diplomacy Elective
Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development Diplomacy Elective
Political History, Culture and Diplomacy in Iran Middle East & North Africa Elective
Sport and Diplomacy Diplomacy Elective
Strategic Studies Diplomacy Elective
Trade Diplomacy Diplomacy Elective

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
This programme is taught 100% online through our VLE. In the VLE you will have access to learning materials and course resources anytime so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. For each module, students will be provided with access, through both the SOAS Library and the University of London’s Online Library, to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.
A key component of the student experience will be peer to peer learning, with students enrolled in discussion forums.
Study timetable
In addition to a dedicated Associate Tutor, a Study Timetable is provided for each module and for the overall programme to help you to organise your time.
The programme is broken down into two study sessions per year. Each subject module lasts 16 weeks, followed by a research mini module lasting 8 weeks.
Sample Study Timetable

Activity
Duration
Substantive module 16 weeks
Reading week 2 weeks
Research mini module 8 weeks
Reading week 2 weeks
Assessment

Each module is assessed by five written online assessments (‘etivities’*) comprising of 30%, the remaining 70% is formed of a 5,000 word essay.The etivities provide formative and summative feedback to students as a means of monitoring their progress and encouraging areas in which they can improve.

* An 'e-tivity' is a framework for online, active and interactive learning following a format that states clearly to the students its 'Purpose'; the 'Task' at hand; the contribution or 'Response' type; and the 'Outcome' (Salmon, G. (2002) E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, New York and London: Routledge Falmer.)

Research Training and Dissertation
Research training is a key feature of this programme, the dissertation module is presented in four development parts, which will follow each of your module sessions. Research modules one and three are formative modules only, and are not assessed.

The dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of no more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module (research module four). The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal (research module two).

The research proposal is compulsory for students going on to do a PGDip or MA; MA students must submit a dissertation at the end of research module four.

Fees and funding

MA/MSc PGDip* PGCert*
£12,000 See below See below

*Only applicable to Global Diplomacy: South Asia and Global Diplomacy: Middle East & North Africa.

PG Dip and PG Cert are available as exit awards and interested students should be in touch directly with the course team at glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk 

Note this is a new fee structure, students will continue their programme on the same fee structure throughout.

Pay as you Learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you pay for modules prior to enrolment (£3,000).

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. For more information, please see Fees and Finance..

Employment

"I found it worth every working hour and every penny. What is most important for me - as a diplomat by profession and a former IR student - is that I did learn a lot. One specific area of personal gain was research methods and writing techniques. Now I feel an urge to consider a PhD sometime in the future - an idea unthinkable before - mainly because I gained confidence in my capacity for such an endeavor."

Bachir C. Azzam
Head of the Americas & the UN Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants, Lebanon
MA Global Diplomacy (2016)

A Student's Perspective

The MA International Studies and Diplomacy was perfect as it provided a great opportunity to meet with an extraordinary diverse group of students and lecturers in a privileged environment.

Chloe McWeeny

Apply

How to Apply

You can apply using our online application form

If you have any questions please use our online enquiry form.

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • 30 September 2019 for a 16 October 2019 start
  • 31 March 2020 for a 21 April 2020 start

Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.

Supporting documentation for applications

1. Degree certificates

We require documentation confirming the award of all qualifications listed in your application, which can either be your certificate or academic transcript. This must show: the name of the university, programme studied and the grade/classification you attained. If your university cannot issue official documents in English, we will require a certified translation in English of your degree certificate/transcript.

You can send us either original or certified copies of your documents. If you send original documents and you would like these to be returned to you, please state this in your covering letter.

If you send certified copies, please ensure that each document 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)
  • Local British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission
  • Notary Public
  • The issuing university (in the case of academic qualifications)
2. Copy of an identification document

This must be either your passport or birth certificate. This does not need to be certified, and may be sent to us via email.

Note: If your name as stated on your academic documents does not match that given on your identification document, we will also require documentary evidence (such as a marriage certificate) that supports your change of name.

3. Copy of English language proficiency certificate

If your degree was not taught and assessed in English, you will need to submit evidence of your English language competency. This should be either an IELTS or TOEFL certificate (you will need an IELTS overall score of 7.0 including 7 in both reading and writing). This does not need to be certified and may be received via email.

4. References

We may also request that you provide us with references in support of your application. They should be from an individual who knows you on an academic basis. However, if you graduated more than three years ago we will accept a professional reference.

Your reference should include an opinion (in English) on your academic and personal suitability for the proposed programme of study.

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:

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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