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MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

Course Description

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations (GMC) 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.

GMC 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, NGOs, 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.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4840

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/magcd/

Programme Specification

Programme Specification 2015/2016 (pdf; 254kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp/programme-disclaimer/

Teaching & Learning

The programme may be taken in one year (full time) or in two or three years part time with the schedule designed to allow participation by those in full time employment. Participants may choose a combination of modules to meet their professional needs and personal interests. The programme is convened on a multi-disciplinary basis, and teaching is through lectures, tutorials and workshops conducted by SOAS faculty and visiting specialists.

Lectures for GMC modules usually take place in the evening (18.00-20.00) and associated tutorials are repeated in hourly slots starting as early as 14.00 for some modules, with the latest taking place at 20.00. Students sign up for tutorial groups at the start of term and stay in the same group throughout the academic year. There is a minimum of two and a half hours formal teaching a week (lecture and tutorial) for each GMC module taken. Practical exercises may take place at weekends.

Teaching includes:

- Theory and practice of Multinational Enterprises and their regulation in a globalising world

- Global Public Policy theory and practice

- Project Management

- Practical toolkit in policy analysis and planning, strategic communication, risk management and negotiation skills

- Interaction with policymakers, regulators and government officials, MNE executives, NGO representatives, and other practitioners

- An elective from a wide range: International Relations, International Law, International Economics, International Security, Global Energy and Climate Policy, or a module offered by other SOAS departments (e.g. Development Studies, Politics, Economics, Law, Languages, etc)

Further activities:
Also included in the degree programme:

- Week long study trip to Geneva and Paris
- Study trips to major multinational enterprises
- Advanced media and communication skills training by current and former BBC staff
- Guest lectures by leading scholars and senior practitioners (visit the CISD website to listen to the podcasts)
- Opportunities to actively participate in Centre research programmes

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

Visit the MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alessandra Awolowo

I had been looking for a qualification that would enhance my employability in the private sector for some time. I believe I found it in the Globalisation and Multinational Corporations programme at CISD. I loved the balance between developing an understanding of economic and legal perspectives on multinationals and the practical application of public policy and project management which I could relate to my work experience prior to joining SOAS.

The people on the course came from all walks of life and regions of the globe: we all shared our experiences and skills to create a stimulating environment. The staff and the lecturers are super-dedicated and approachable, ready to make you feel part of the family.

To say I enjoyed my year at CISD is an understatement!

(Student Profile)

Catherine Ogden

MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations
When choosing my Master’s degree there wasn’t another programme I found that so perfectly addressed the crosscutting issues related to my particular interest area of Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility. The course, however, went beyond this, opening my mind to other fascinating and interrelated fields of global policy-making; just one advantage of being part of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy. At an academic and social level, the SOAS experience definitely exceeded my expectations!

Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
My previous job involved analysing the business strategy and financial performance of multinational enterprises. What attracted me to this module is that it asks more fundamental questions, such as the role of MNEs in the global economy and their real and potential impact on society and the environment. The inter-disciplinary approach is extremely valuable in creating an understanding of the complexities involved in trying to legislate for corporate responsibility and accountability.

Global Public Policy and Project Management
Prior to the course my understanding of what Public Policy actually is was pretty poor, and I have to say it wasn’t something I thought I was particularly interested in! I’m very glad, therefore, that it was a core module, as I found it absolutely fascinating and felt that I learnt so much. It combined a surprisingly engaging theoretical structure with the flexibility to pursue your particular interest area. It challenged you to look beyond status-quo thinking and, through the dual focus on project management, armed you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for project implementation across all sectors of work.


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

See the website

Further Information


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.

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