Mode of Attendance: Online learning
The programme will enhance your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practise with a regional focus on East Asia. Using a combination of interdisciplinary approaches, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practise with an East Asia regional focus. You will learn to think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy and the political economy in East Asia.
Research is a key component of this programme upon completion will give students the skills to:
- think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy, and political economy in East Asia
- develop and practice the ability to see – and to comment on – the strengths and the weaknesses of others’ ideas and arguments.
The programme is delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) in association with the FCO's Diplomatic Academy, using a combination of multi-disciplinary teaching, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.
This programme is available as a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level.
Who is this programme for?
This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in East Asia requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.
Students study one subject module and one research ‘mini’ module (included in the fee) per study session. One study session runs every six months, meaning the majority of students complete their programme within two calendar years of beginning their studies.
There are two core modules and a range of elective modules on offer each session. There are also four research mini-modules.
- 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
- 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
- 4 x research mini-modules
- 1 x dissertation on a topic related to East Asia (60 credits)
Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the East Asia list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.
- The Art of Negotiation
- Economy, Politics and Society in East Asia
- Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives
- America and the World: US Foreign Policy
- Cultural Diplomacy
- Digital Diplomacy
- Economics, Politics and Society in MENA
- Economy, Politics and Society in South Asia
- Finance, Sustainability and Climate Change
- Foundations of International Law
- Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East
- Global Citizenship and Advocacy
- Global Energy and Climate Change
- Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
- Global Media
- Global Public Policy
- India's Foreign and Security Policy
- International Economics
- Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
- Pakistan: Religion, Politics and Security
- Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development
- Political History, Culture and Diplomacy in Iran
- Sport and Diplomacy
- Strategic Studies
- Trade Diplomacy
- Diplomacy and Power: International Actors in the Middle East
- Global Challenges: Science Diplomacy
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information through your Department.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply using our online application form.
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.
Supporting documentation for applications
- Degree certificates
- Copy of an identification document
- Copy of English language proficiency certificate
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.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
About the School
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