MSc Global Corporations and Policy


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

The MSc Global Corporations and Policy 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 a 15,000-word dissertation.


Students will take the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (15PFFC989, 60 Credits)

  • Dissertation in Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

Taught Component

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following two modules

  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives
  • Global Public Policy

Guided Options

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from a list below.

30-credits modules without entry requirements available within CISD

  • Global Energy & Climate Policy
  • International Economics
  • International Security

15-credit modules without entry requirements available within CISD

  • Foundations of International Law
  • International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order
  • International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics
  • International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics
  • Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game
  • History and Future of the United Nations
  • Global Advocacy
  • Risk and Policy Analysis

30-credit modules without entry requirements

  • China and international politics
  • Comparative politics of the Middle East
  • 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
  • State and society in the Chinese political process
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations
  • Theory, policy and practice of development

Students may select 30 credits from SOAS online-learning modules. This is subject to approval from the programme convenor.

15-credit modules without entry requirements

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • Financial Law
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • Islamic Banking And Finance
  • 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 I
  • Management in Japan II
  • Management perspectives and sectoral issues in the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Securities Regulation
  • Research Methods in Management
  • Risk Management
  • Topics in the Chinese economy

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

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.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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