SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MSc Global Corporations and Policy (2018 entry)

Formerly MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

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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.

Programme objectives

  • 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.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840

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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One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time).



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)

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Globalisation and Multinational Corporations 15PFFC989 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following two modules

Module Code Credits Term
Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 30 Full Year
Global Public Policy 15PFFH004 30 Term 1
Guided Options

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:

30-credits modules without entry requirements available within CISD
Module Code Credits Term
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
International Economics 15PFFC004 30 Full Year
International Security 15PFFC016 30 Full Year
15-credit modules without entry requirements available within CISD
Module Code Credits Term
Foundations of International Law 15PFFH008 15 Term 1
International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
Frameworks of International Relations 15PFFH002 15 Term 1
International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 15 Term 2
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 2
 30-credit modules without entry requirements
Module Code Credits Term
China And International Politics 15PPOC018 30 Credits
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Government And Politics In Africa 15PPOC205 30
State And Society In The Chinese Political Process 15PPOC012 30 Credits
Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations 15PPOC252 30 Credits
Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 30 Full Year
15-credit modules without entry requirements
Module Code Credits Term
International Corporate Finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
Cultural Intelligence and Global Business Communication 15PFMC076 15 Term 2
Financial Law for International Managers 15PFMC058 15 Term 1
International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 2
International management 15PFMC072 15 Term 1
International Marketing 15PFMC080 15 Term 1
Understanding the Chinese Market 15PFMC067 15 Term 1
Doing Business With Chinese Firms 15PFMC068 15 Term 2
Management in Japan 1: Economic Development and Business Environment in Japan 15PFMC018 15
Management In Japan 2: Current Issues in Japanese Business and Management 15PFMC077 15
International Financial Regulation 15PFMC061 15 Term 2
Research methods in management 15PFMC062 15 Term 1
Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1


Programme Specification

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

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.

Teaching includes

  • 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)

Further activities

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

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