Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practise with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in the Middle East & North Africa.
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 the Middle East & North Africa.
- 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) and the University of London International Academy (UoLIA) 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. Please see the Structure tab for more information.
Who is this programme for?
This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in the Middle East & North Africa requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.
By studying online, students will also have the flexibility to integrate studies into working life without having to take a career break.
"I found it worth every working hour and every penny. What is most important for me - as a diplomat by profession and a former IR student - is that I did learn a lot. One specific area of personal gain was research methods and writing techniques. Now I feel an urge to consider a PhD sometime in the future - an idea unthinkable before - mainly because I gained confidence in my capacity for such an endeavour."
Bachir C. Azzam
Head of the Americas & the UN Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants, Lebanon
MA Global Diplomacy (2016)
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 the Middle East & North Africa (60 credits)
Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the Middle East & North Africa list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.
- The Art of Negotiation
- Economics, Politics and Society in MENA
Middle East & North Africa Elective Modules
- Diplomacy and Power: International Actors in the Middle East
- Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East
- Political History, Culture and Diplomacy in Iran
Diplomacy Elective Modules
- America and the World: US Foreign Policy
- Cultural Diplomacy
- Digital Diplomacy
- Diplomatic Systems
- Evolution of Warfare
- Foundations of International Law
- Global Citizenship and Advocacy
- Global Energy and Climate Change
- Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
- Global Media
- International Economics
- Islamic Law in a Global Context
- Modern Africa: History, Politics and Society
- Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
- Pakistan: Religion, Politics and Security
- Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development
- Sport and Diplomacy
- Strategic Studies
- Trade Diplomacy
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply using our online application form.
If you have any questions please use our online enquiry form.
The deadlines for applications are as follows:
- 30 September 2019 for a 16 October 2020 start
- 31 March 2020 for a 21 April 2020 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.
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.