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.
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- Diplomatic Practice
- General Diplomatic Studies
- International Economics
- History and Future of the United Nations
- International Relations of South Asia
- Global Advocacy
- International Criminal Law
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development Political Science View 478 other Masters in Political Science in United Kingdom
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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.
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International25635 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25635 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National17340 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased 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
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.