Taught course

International Studies and Diplomacy

SOAS University of London · Faculty of Law and Social Science

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher.

In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications..

See international entry requirements

Months of entry


Course content

The MA 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 Interternational Studies and Diplomacy programme has a multi-disciplinary structure and draws on the teaching and research strengths of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (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 the MA ISD may have the opportunity to participate in CISD's Study Tour (eg, United Nations in Geneva), although this is in addition to the programme of study and cannot be guaranteed.

Why study MA International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS?

  • You will be eligible to apply for internships, such as the two paid internships at Amnesty International and Chatham House available to SOAS students this year.
  • gain an excellent inter-disciplinary understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in the study of international affairs
  • gain in-depth knowledge of international policy debates and principle issues from perspectives of both the global North and South
  • develop the ability to undertake critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and challenges
  • you will also develop module specific practical skills such as policy analysis and policy advocacy, negotiation, mediation, communication and media relations.

Who should apply

We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds; however, it is not necessary to have a first degree in a discipline directly related to the programme. 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.

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974