MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy

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

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. It is not always necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to the programme.

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

Who is this programme for?

The MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy (ISD) programme 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.

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 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.


Students take taught modules to the value of 4 full units plus 15,000 word dissertation

  1. One 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules from A
  2. Two 30 credit modules or four 15 credit modules from A or B
  3. One 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules from A, B or C
  4. Dissertation (compulsory) on a topic related to the programme’s core themes

Postgraduate Diploma candidates take modules as the MA, excluding the dissertation.

A). International Studies and Diplomacy Modules

  • 15PFFH001 Sport and Diplomacy: 'More than a Game' (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH002 International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH003 International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH006 History and Future of the United Nations (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH008 Foundations of International Law (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH009 Contemporary Problems of World Order (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH010 International Politics of Transitional Justice (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH012 Global Advocacy (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH013 Diplomatic Practice (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH014 General Diplomatic Studies (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFC004 International Economics (30 Credits)
  • 15PFFC016 International Security (30 Credits)

B). Additional modules available within CISD

*List of guided options LIST B

  • 15PFFH011 Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFC017 Global Energy & Climate Policy (30 Credits)
  • 15PFFC019 Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives (30 Credits)
  • 15PFFH005 Project Management (15 Credits)
  • 15PFFH004 Global Public Policy (15 Credits)

C). Options

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

Suggested electives for International Studies and Diplomacy students

Full Unit modules (1.0)

*List of guided options LIST C

  • 15PPOC018 China and International Politics (30 Credits)
  • 15PLAC106 Chinese Commercial Law (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC026 Comparative Politics of the Middle East (30 Credits)
  • 15PECC334 Economic Dynamics of the Asia-Pacific Region (30 Credits)
  • 15PECC035 Economic Problems and Policies in Modern China (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC205 Government and Politics in Africa (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC003 Government and Politics of Modern South Asia (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC247 Government and Politics of Modern South East Asia (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC251 International Politics of East Asia (30 Credits)
  • 15PLAC139 Modern Chinese Law and Human Rights (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC012 State and Society in the Chinese Political Process (30 Credits)
  • 15PPOC252 Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations (30 Credits)
  • 15PDSC001 Theory, Policy and Practice of Development (30 Credits)
  • 15PMSH009 International Political Communication (15 Credits)
  • 15PHIH013 Japanese Modernity I (15 Credits)
  • 15PHIH014 Japanese Modernity II (15 Credits)
  • 15PHIH035 The Making of the Contemporary World (15 Credits)
  • 15PMSH006 The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use (15 Credits)
  • 15PFMC075 Topics in the Chinese Economy (15 Credits)
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