SOAS University of London

Mark Robinson

The experience was excellent throughout. Each of the four modules was challenging and I learnt more about topics I was already interested in. The programme also led me to discover research material that I would have otherwise been unaware of.

MA Global Diplomacy (CISD distance learning student)

I was looking for a suitable Masters qualification in International Relations or a related subject. After extensive online research, and having considered institutions in the USA and Europe, I chose the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS which stood out as offering the best, up-to-date course in this area. That coupled with the first class academic staff led by Dr Simon Rofe made me choose this programme.

The experience was excellent throughout. Each of the four modules was challenging and I learnt more about topics I was already interested in. The programme also led me to discover research material that I would have otherwise been unaware of. A great example of this was the core module, The Art of Negotiation, a fascinating insight into how diplomacy has evolved and operates in the modern day.  The academic teams were also attentive, helpful and on top of their particular fields of research.

I work in the Middle East on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and my dissertation focused on the public diplomacy aspects of the project. Prior to that I was working on the world’s largest scientific project, ITER, in the south of France, which meant I was in regular contact with colleagues in China, Europe, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the USA. The MA helped me put in perspective many aspects of working in an international environment.

Studying by distance learning allowed me to combine a busy work schedule with the needs of the MA. I attended several SOAS conferences in London while back in the UK that allowed me to meet the academic team and fellow students.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the course. If anyone is considering an MA in International Relations and are prepared for the effort needed, you will do well to select the CISD MA in Global Diplomacy. Go for it!