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MA Global Diplomacy (Online Learning)

Course Description

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of negotiations processes through the course's core module, The Art of Negotiation. In addition, you will be able to select modules according to your interests and career goals, including International Security, Diplomatic Systems, and America and the World: US Foreign Policy.

Established in 2013 and based on 20 years of experience within Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), MA Global Diplomacy will allow you to deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice. The programme brings together cutting-edge research in delivering an engaging and stimulating student experience in a dynamic field of study.
You will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to proceed to careers in a range of professional contexts where diplomacy is relevant, while also providing the learning opportunities to enable you, as a postgraduate student, to acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge to undertake further advanced studies and research in the area of global diplomacy.

The course has its foundations in an established heritage of high-quality teaching and research within SOAS' Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). The mission of CISD is to promote multi-disciplinary teaching that combines the distinctive expertise of SOAS with cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

Who is this programme for?

Relevant for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

By studying online you will also have the flexibility to integrate studies into your working life without having to take a career break.

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/maglobaldiplomacy/

Course structure

Students will study four modules, comprising one core and three elective modules (30 credits each). You will also be required to complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

The Art of Negotiation
You will learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also be introduced to the strategy and tactics of negotiation and its place in international relations between states.

This is an opportunity for students to produce a sustained piece of individual, academic research on their chosen topic within the field of international relations under the guidance of one of CISD’s expert academics.

Elective modules

Students are able to indicate three preferred modules from the below list. These are subject to availability.

• America and the World: US Foreign Policy
• Diplomatic Systems
• Global Diplomacy: Global Citizenship and Advocacy
• Global Energy and Climate Policy
• Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
• Global Public Policy
• International Economics
• International History and International Relations
• International Security
• Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
• Sport and Diplomacy
• Strategic Studies

Teaching and Learning

Fully supported student learning is intimately linked to assessment in the programme to ensure students do as well as they can. Each module, with the exception of the Dissertation, is assessed by one three-hour seen examined component comprising 70% of the module marker and by the previous submission of five written online activities comprising 30%.

The Dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module. The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal.

The examined components take place immediately following the conclusion of a module in August and February on a six monthly cycle. These are held at University of London approved centres worldwide.


The degree aims to prepare students for such roles as those 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), as well as multinational corporations and international media.

How to Apply

You can apply using our online application form - http://www.cefims.ac.uk/forms/appform/cisd_appform.shtml

If you have any questions please use our online enquiry form - https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/maglobaldiplomacy/enquiry-form.html

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

31 March 2016 for a 20 April 2016 start

Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.

Visit the MA Global Diplomacy (Online Learning) page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website


Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

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Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see SOAS's website

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