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MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations


Course Description

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.

Key benefits

• A 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

Course detail

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs, enabling you to critically analyse and design solutions to regulatory and public policy changes related to Multinational Enterprise activities globally.

As well as gaining skills in policy analysis, project management, advocacy, negotiation and strategic communication, you will have the opportunity to take a European Study Tour of international organisations, a media internship with SOAS Radio or volunteering roles, addressing themes such as global disarmament, war crimes, and corporate accountability.

You will have access to a wealth of study resources including the SOAS Library, one of the world's most important academic libraries, attracting scholars from across the globe.

A global perspective

Studying at SOAS University of London enhances your learning experience by giving you a global perspective through analysis of economic, legal and public policy approaches to researching Multinational Enterprise organisation, impact and regulation in the global economy.

Expert at where the world is changing

Drawing on SOAS teaching and research strengths in International Studies, Diplomacy, Law, Politics, and Economics, and leveraging distinctive global academic expertise, this programme has a multi-disciplinary structure and seeks to look beyond the traditional Western-centric approach.

Programme objectives

On the course, you will develop:

• 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.

Attendance

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.

Postgraduate Open Evenings

You’ll be able to have one-to-one discussions with academics and current students. You can also attend specialist subject talks and take a tour of our campus.

Book now: http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/openevenings/

Webinars

Our webinars give you an opportunity to hear and ask questions about the subject you’re interested in studying. We also cover topics such as making an application, Tier 4 Visa entry, fees and funding, scholarships, accommodation options as well as career related information.

Book now: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/webinars/

How to apply

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.


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.canoncollins.org.uk/



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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