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International Studies and Diplomacy MA/PGDip

International Studies and Diplomacy MA/PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Studies Diplomatic Studies

Course type


Course Summary

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

This course also provides excellent inter-disciplinary understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in the study of international affairs; excellent knowledge of international policy debates and principle issues from perspectives of both the global North and South; ability to undertake critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and challenges and development of module specific practical skills such as policy analysis and policy advocacy, negotiation, mediation, communication and media relations.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides an advanced introduction to global advocacy. The aim of the module is to teach the theories and skills that allow an individual to be a more effective in achieving their advocacy objectives. The module aims to illustrate how to influence policy at the international, rather than national, level. The module equips students to effect the policy changes necessary to meet the aims of the non-governmental and international organizations they might be working for or associated with. In short, this module focuses upon advocates who wish to achieve change at the global level, networking across national boundaries and on global issues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 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.

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more