SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MA Global Diplomacy: East Asia (Online Learning)

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Overview

The programme will enhance your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on East Asia. Using a combination of interdisciplinary approaches, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with an East Asia regional focus. You will learn to think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy and the political economy in East Asia.

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 East Asia
  • 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) 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 course for?

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

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

Email: glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4895

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

Students study one subject module and one research ‘mini’ module (included in the fee) per study session. One study session runs every six months, meaning the majority of students complete their programme within two calendar years of beginning their studies.

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 East Asia (60 credits)

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the East Asia 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 East Asia 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
The Art of Negotiation Core
Economy, Politics and Society in East Asia Core
Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives Elective
America and the World: US Foreign Policy Elective
Cultural Diplomacy Elective
Digital Diplomacy Elective
Economics, Politics and Society in MENA Elective
Economy, Politics and Society in South Asia Elective
Finance, Sustainability and Climate Change Elective
Foundations of International Law Elective
Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East Elective
Global Citizenship and Advocacy Elective
Global Energy and Climate Change Elective
Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World Elective
Global Media Elective
Global Public Policy Elective
India's Foreign and Security Policy Elective
International Economics Elective
Muslim Minorities in a Global Context Elective
Pakistan: Religion, Politics and Security Elective
Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development Elective
Political History, Culture and Diplomacy in Iran Elective
Sport and Diplomacy Elective
Strategic Studies Elective
Trade Diplomacy Elective
Diplomacy and Power: International Actors in the Middle East Elective
Global Challenges: Science 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 weeks 2 weeks
Research mini module 8 weeks
Reading weeks 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..

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Apply now using our online application form

If you have any questions please use our enquire here.

Application and enrolment deadlines as well as session start/end dates can be found on Online and Distance Learning Key dates - Term dates.

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


Only scans of original documents will be accepted. We do not accept black and white scanned photocopies. Please send your documents to glodipadmin@soas.ac.uk. Please ensure that you include your full name, student number and the programme you are applying for in the subject line. Please note that we reserve the right to ask for certified copies of the original documents, if necessary.
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.

2. Copy of an identification document
This must be either your passport or birth certificate. 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 and 7 in both reading and writing).
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. Only scans of original documents will be accepted. We do not accept black and white scanned photocopies.

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