Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
Who is this programme for?:
The MSc Global Corporations and Policy 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.
This programme specifically addresses the requirements of those seeking a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs. The programme aims to prepare students for a variety of roles in government departments, regulatory agencies, international organisations (such as the OECD or WTO) industry bodies and NGOs and as advisors, managers, researchers or project professionals with multinational corporations, trade unions and advocacy organisations.
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. In addition to the three core modules of Multinational Enterprises, Global Public Policy and Project Management, students choose other 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 and Paris.
- Excellent understanding of the development and activities of Multinational Enterprises (MNE) and their regulation from economic and legal perspectives.
- Excellent knowledge of economic, legal and public policy approaches to researching MNE organisation, impact and regulation in the global economy.
- Ability to critically analyse and design solutions to regulatory and public policy challenges related to MNE activities in both the global North and South.
- Development of practical skills including policy analysis, project management, advocacy, negotiation and strategic communication.
We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds; however, is not necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to globalisation and multinational corporations. 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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- 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.
- One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time).
- UK/EU fees:
- Overseas fees:
Fees for 2020/21 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
Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits plus 15,000 word dissertation.
Students will take the compulsory 15,000 word dissertation (15PFFC989, 60 Credits)
Students will take the following two modules
Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:
30-credits modules without entry requirements available within CISD
15-credit modules without entry requirements available within CISD
30-credit modules without entry requirements
15-credit modules without entry requirements
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 & Learning
The programme may be taken in one year (full time) or in two or three years part time 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.
Lectures for GCP modules usually take place in the evening (18.00-20.00) and associated tutorials are repeated in hourly slots starting as early as 14.00 for some modules, 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 GCP module taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.
- Theory and practice of Multinational Enterprises and their regulation in a globalising world
- Global Public Policy theory and practice
- Project Management
- Practical toolkit in policy analysis and planning, strategic communication, risk management and negotiation skills
- Interaction with policymakers, regulators and government officials, MNE executives, NGO representatives, and other practitioners
- An elective from a wide range: International Relations, International Law, International Economics, International Security, Global Energy and Climate Policy, or a module offered by other SOAS departments (e.g. Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law, Languages, etc)
Also included in the degree programme:
- Week long study trip to Geneva and Paris
- Study trips to major multinational enterprises
- Advanced media and communication skills training by current and former BBC staff
- Guest lectures by leading scholars and senior practitioners (visit the CISD website to listen to the podcasts)
- Opportunities to actively participate in Centre research programmes
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 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section