MSc Global Corporations and Policy

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Global Corporations and Policy

SOAS University of London

MSc Global Corporations and Policy

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

Entry Requirements: A minimum upper second class honors 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

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 organizations (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 organizations.

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 organization, impact, and regulation in the global economy.
  • Ability to critically analyze 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 globalization 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). Global Corporations and Policy modules

  • Project Management 15PFFH005 15 Term 2
  • Global Public Policy 15PFFH004 30 Term 1
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 30 Full Year

B). Additional modules available from the Centre

  • Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 15 Term 2
  • International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 15 Term 1
  • International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 15 Term 2
  • International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
  • Foundations of International Law 15PFFH008 15 Term 1
  • International Economics 15PFFC004 30 Full Year
  • Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game 15PFFC032 30 Term 2
  • History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFC031 30 Term 1
  • Global Advocacy 15PFFH012 15 Term 1
  • Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
  • International Security 15PFFC016 30 Full Year
  • General Diplomatic Studies 15PFFH014 15 Term 1
  • Diplomatic Practice 15PFFH013 15

C). Electives

An elective module can be chosen from a wide variety available at SOAS dependent upon permission being granted by the module convenor and the student’s prior academic qualifications. Suggested electives for Global Energy and Climate Policy students.

  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
  • Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
  • The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
  • Corporate finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2
  • Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
  • Finance in the global market 15PFMC057 15 Term 2
  • Financial law 15PFMC058 15 Term 1
  • International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 1
  • International management 15PFMC072 15 Term 1
  • International Marketing 15PFMC080 15 Term 1
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
  • Islamic banking and finance 15PFMC074 15 Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance 15PFMC059 15 Term 1
  • Legal aspects of international finance 15PFMC060 15 Term 2
  • Management in China 1 - domestic perspectives 15PFMC067 15 Term 1
  • Management in China 2 - international perspectives 15PFMC068 15 Term 2
  • Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 15 Term 1
  • Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 15 Term 2
  • Research methods in management 15PFMC062 15 Term 2
  • Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1
  • Topics in the Chinese economy 15PFMC075 15 Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
16,315 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £16,315; Full-time Overseas Fees: £21,725 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019