SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
MA: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time). PGDip: One academic year (full time). Two academic years (part time).

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£16,315
Overseas fees:
£22,810

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 6 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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. It is not always necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to the programme.

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

The MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy (ISD) programme is designed for those engaged in, or planning to embark upon, a professional career requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

ISD aims to prepare students for a variety of roles, such as working 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); multinational corporations and international media. The programme also suits those engaged in or considering research roles within a policy think tank, risk analysis organisation or doctoral programme and seeking to deepen their academic and practical understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice.

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.  Students choose a combination of modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour of Geneva.

Programme Objectives
  • Excellent inter-disciplinary understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in the study of international affairs
  • Excellent knowledge of international policy debates and principle issues from perspectives of both the global North and South
  • Ability to undertake critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and challenges
  • Development of module specific practical skills such as policy analysis and policy advocacy, negotiation, mediation, communication and media relations.

We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds; however, it is not necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to the programme.

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.

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Dr Dan Plesch, Director of CISD at SOAS University of London talks about the masters programme

Email: cisd@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840

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Structure

Students take taught modules to the value of 180 credits plus 15,000 word dissertation
  1. One 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules from A
  2. Two 30 credit modules or four 15 credit modules from A or B
  3. One 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules from A, B or C
  4. Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes

Postgraduate Diploma candidates take modules as the MA, excluding the dissertation.

A) International Studies and Diplomacy Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
General Diplomatic Studies 15PFFH014 15 Term 1
Diplomatic Practice 15PFFH013 15
International Politics of Transitional Justice 15PFFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 15 Term 1
International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PFFH008 15 Term 1
International Economics 15PFFC004 30 Full Year
International Security 15PFFC016 30 Full Year
Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game 15PFFC032 30 Term 2
History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFC031 30 Term 1
Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 15 Term 1
B) Additional modules available within CISD

*List of guided options LIST B

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 15 Term 2
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 30 Full Year
C) Options

Please note that acceptance onto an Options module is subject to availability of places, timetabling, and the approval of the convenor of that course. Suggested electives for International Studies and Diplomacy students Full Unit modules (1.0) *List of guided options LIST C

Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 30 Full Year
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Topics in the Chinese economy 15PFMC075 15 Term 1
D) Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation MA International Studies and Diplomacy 15PFFC999 60 Full Year

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The programme may be taken in one year (full time) or in two or three years part time (MA only), with the schedule designed to allow participation by those in full-time employment. Participants may choose a combination of modules 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.

The Centre endeavours to make as many of the modules for International Studies and Diplomacy (ISD) accessible to part-time students. Where possible the majority of CISD lectures are at 18.00; however, lecture times will be rotated on a yearly basis for some modules (between evening and daytime slots) so that part-time students will have access to as many modules as possible over the duration of their degree. Associated tutorials are repeated in hourly slots 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 ISD module taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.

Teaching includes
  • Wide range of modules: Diplomatic Studies and Practice, International Relations, International Economics, International Law, and International Security
  • Wide choice of electives: Global Energy and Climate Policy, Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World or a module offered by other SOAS departments (e.g. Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law, Languages)
  • Interaction with diplomats, policy makers, NGO officials and other international practitioners.
  • Training in negotiation, policy analysis, policy advocacy, communication and media and other skills through practical exercises including strategy, communication and media workshops, moots courts, and negotiation and mediation workshops.
Further activities

Included in the degree programme:

  • Week long study trip to United Nations organisations in Geneva
  • Media and communication skills training by current and former BBC staff
  • Guest lectures by leading scholars and senior practitioners, and policy conferences (visit the CISD website to listen to the podcasts)
  • Opportunities to actively participate in Centre research programmes

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 6 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£16,315 £22,810 £8,158 £11,405 £5,438 £7,603
Scholarships
Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-19 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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