SOAS University of London

SOAS Global Diplomacy programme excels in first year

24 October 2013

The MA Global Diplomacy (Distance Learning) programme introduced at SOAS, University of London in conjunction with the University of London International Academy earlier this year, has excelled in student engagement and attainment, global reach and retention rates at the start of the 2013/14 academic year.

Building upon the heritage of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy’s (CISD) successful campus-based postgraduate programmes, the Global Diplomacy degree, which only launched in April 2013, aims to prepare students for roles within a Foreign Service or other government department, international civil service and international NGOs. Many of the students will continue to work in fields such as development, humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution - as well as multinational corporations and international media. The prize-winning and innovative approach to online learning delivers an enhanced student experience.

Our second intake in October 2013 was 20 per cent above the expected target and with a 90 per cent retention rate from students who enrolled in the spring, which is well above the sector average for postgraduate Distance Learning programmes of 50 per cent. Most importantly, our first intake of students all passed their module, with more than 30 per cent of them achieving distinction level marks. As well as securing students from within the UK, the international reach includes Japan, Korea, Australia Canada, the United States, the UAE, and many from continental Europe.

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MA Global Diplomacy student Tarik Abdallah, hailing from Egypt and resident in New York, said: “The programme exceeded my expectations. The technology was easy to master. The quality of the materials was outstanding.”

Programme convener Dr J Simon Rofe said: “We are delighted to welcome so many new students into CISD’s MA Global Diplomacy programme, and particularly pleased that so many students have recognised that the proven model of online learning provides them with the flexibility to blend their studies with their professional and personal circumstances.

Students are offered the opportunity to study up a range of modules which include diplomatic systems, strategic studies, international security, international economics, international law, international history and international relations, global international organisation: The United Nations in the World and The United States in the World American Diplomacy.  

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