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International Studies and Diplomacy

SOAS University of London

Master On Campus
12 months
22810 GBP/year
16315 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Studies and Diplomacy programme at 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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The International Studies and Diplomacy programme at SOAS University of London 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 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.  

Students choose a combination of modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.

Programme Objectives

  • Excellent inter-disciplinary understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in the study of international affairs
  • Excellent knowledge of international policy debates and principle issues from perspectives of both the global North and South
  • Ability to undertake critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and challenges
  • Development of module specific practical skills such as policy analysis and policy advocacy, negotiation, mediation, communication and media relations.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • General Diplomatic Studies
  • Diplomatic Practice
  • International Relations: Contemporary World Politics
  • Foundations of International Law
  • International Economics
  • International Security
  • Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game
  • History and Future of the United Nations

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22810 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16315 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16315 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU: £8,158/year
  • Students Overseas: £11,405/year

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK/EU: £5,438/year
  • Students Overseas: £7,603/year


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