International Studies and Diplomacy, M.A. | SOAS University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
25635 GBP/year
17340 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Studies and Diplomacy programme from SOAS University of London 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.

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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 International Studies and Diplomacy programme from SOAS University of London has a multi-disciplinary structure and draws on the teaching and research strengths of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (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 the MA ISD may have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour of Geneva, although this is in addition to the programme of study and cannot be guaranteed.

Why study MA International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS?

  • gain an excellent inter-disciplinary understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in the study of international affairs
  • gain in-depth knowledge of international policy debates and principle issues from perspectives of both the global North and South
  • develop the ability to undertake critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and challenges
  • you will also develop module specific practical skills such as policy analysis and policy advocacy, negotiation, mediation, communication and media relations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Diplomatic Practice
  • General Diplomatic Studies
  • International Economics
  • History and Future of the United Nations
  • International Relations of South Asia 
  • Global Advocacy
  • International Criminal Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

We will consider all applications with an undergraduate degree at high 2:2 or above. In addition to degree classification, we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. While references are optional, they can help build a stronger application profile if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25635 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25635 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    17340 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17340 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK: £8,670/year
  • Students Overseas: £12,815/year

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK: £5,780/year
  • Students Overseas: £8,545/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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