MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

SOAS University of London

MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

Duration: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part-time)

Minimum Entry 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.

The MSc Globalisation and Multinational Corporations programme is designed for those engaged in, or aspiring to, professional careers in the public, corporate or not-for-profit sectors related to the political and economic management and regulation of multinational corporations.

This programme specifically addresses the requirements of those seeking a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs. The programme aims to prepare students for a variety of roles in government departments, regulatory agencies, international organisations (such as the OECD or WTO) industry bodies and NGOs and as advisors, managers, researchers or project professionals with multinational corporations, trade unions and advocacy organisations.

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. In addition to the three core modules of Multinational Enterprises, Global Public Policy and Project Management, students choose other modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour of Geneva and Paris.

Programme objectives

  • Excellent understanding of the development and activities of Multinational Enterprises (MNE) and their regulation from economic and legal perspectives.
  • Excellent knowledge of economic, legal and public policy approaches to researching MNE organisation, impact and regulation in the global economy.
  • Ability to critically analyse and design solutions to regulatory and public policy challenges related to MNE activities in both the global North and South.
  • Development of practical skills including policy analysis, project management, advocacy, negotiation and strategic communication.

We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds; however, is not necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to globalisation and multinational corporations. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in light of relevant professional experience and where the applicant can demonstrate a sustained practical interest in the international field.


Students take taught modules to the value of 120 credits plus 15,000-word dissertation (15PFFC989 60 Credits)

  1. Two 30 credit modules and one 15 credit module from A (compulsory)
  2. Three 15 credit modules (or one 30 credit module and one 15 credit module) from B or C
  3. Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes

A). Globalisation and Multinational Corporations modules

  • Project Management
  • Global Public Policy
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World: Economic and Legal Perspectives

B). Additional modules available from the Centre

  • Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • International Relations 1; Foundations of World Politics
  • International Relations 2; Contemporary World Politics
  • International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order
  • Foundations of International Law
  • International Economics
  • Sport and Diplomacy: "More than a Game"
  • History and Future of the United Nations
  • Global Advocacy
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy
  • International Security
  • General Diplomatic Studies
  • Diplomatic Practice

C). Electives

Please note that acceptance onto an elective module is subject to availability of places, timetabling and the approval of the convenor of that module.

Suggested electives for Globalisation and Multinational Corporations students

30 Credit Modules

  • China and International Politics
  • Chinese Commercial Law
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • Economic Development of South East Asia
  • Economic Dynamics of the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Economic Problems and Policies in Modern China
  • Government and Politics in Africa
  • Government and Politics of Modern South Asia
  • Government and Politics of Modern South East Asia
  • International Politics of East Asia
  • Modern Chinese Law and Human Rights
  • State and Society in the Chinese Political Process
  • Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations

15 Credit Modules

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economic Development of Modern Taiwan
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • Financial Law
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • International Political Communication
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Japanese Modernity 1
  • Japanese Modernity 2
  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
  • Legal Aspects of International Finance
  • Management in China 1: domestic perspectives
  • Management in China 2: international perspectives
  • Management in Japan 1: economic development and business environment
  • Management in Japan 2: Current Issues in Japanese business and management
  • Power in World Politics
  • Research Methods in Management
  • Risk Management
  • The Making of the Contemporary World
  • Topics in the Chinese Economy
  • Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 27, 2018
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