• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MA in Global Security and Strategy (Online) from SOAS University of London takes a critical view to traditional strategic studies, encompassing Africa, Asia and Middle East approaches to grand strategy for peace and security, conflict resolution, international collaboration, war technologies and disarmament.
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Delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), the Global Security and Strategy (Online) programme from SOAS University of London has an inter-disciplinary structure drawing on the teaching expertise and cutting-edge research of SOAS departments and the public discussion of security and strategy in a globalised world.

Students on this MA will gain an excellent understanding of Global Security and Strategy concepts, developing an in-depth critical understanding of their nature from both historical and contemporary contexts. Students will obtain a thorough grounding in the subject, as well a sophisticated understanding of global policy and governance developments.

What is special about the programme at SOAS?

  • The CISD programme provides a unique critical examination of security and strategy in a changing global climate. We address a range of questions facing those operating in the 21st Century:
  • what mechanisms will allow the world to address the promise offered by the United Nations, on issues such as Global Climate Change, sustainable development and disarmament?
  • How should we understand the shift from the high hopes at the end of the Cold War to the challenges to the fundamental architecture of global security systems today in the space of 30 years?
  • How does security and strategy reconcile long term trends in humanity and the environment with short term political imperatives?
  • To what extent has technology shaped conflict in the past and what is the impact of the likes of Artificial Intelligence going to be in the future?


This degree aims to prepare students for such roles as those within a Foreign Service or other government department, international organisations such as NATO, International NGOs (working in security fields), as well as multinational corporations and international media.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • International Security
  • Strategic Studies
  • Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives
  • America and the World: US Foreign Policy
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Economics, Politics and Society in Africa
  • Economics, Politics and Society in MENA
  • Economics, Politics and Society in South Asia
  • Finance, Sustainability and Climate Change

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds
  • Candidates with a lower class degree but with degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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