MA Global Security and Strategy (Online)


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Online learning

The MA in Global Security and Strategy takes a critical view to traditional strategic studies, encompassing Africa, Asia and the Middle East approaches to grand strategy for peace and security, conflict resolution, international collaboration, war technologies and disarmament.

Delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), the programme has an interdisciplinary structure drawing on the teaching expertise and cutting-edge research of SOAS departments and the public discussion of security and strategy in a globalised world.

Students on this MA will gain an excellent understanding of Global Security and Strategy concepts, developing an in-depth critical understanding of their nature from both historical and contemporary contexts. Students will obtain a thorough grounding in the subject, as well a sophisticated understanding of global policy and governance developments.

Who is this programme for?

Relevant for those engaged in or embarking on careers in global policy, security and strategy or related fields requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments. This course will be of particular interest to those engaged with Global Security Issues such as the UN and NATO.

By studying online, students have the flexibility to integrate studies into working life without having to take a career break.


This degree aims to prepare students for such roles as those within a Foreign Service or other government department, international organisations such as NATO, International NGOs (working in security fields), as well as multinational corporations and international media.


Students will study one core modules and a range of elective modules on offer each session. There are also four research mini-modules.

  • 1 x core modules
  • 3 x elective modules
  • 4 x research mini-modules
  • 1 x dissertation

Students are ​required to ​rank three elective modules​ in preferred order​ from the below sample list for each ​study ​session following their core module. ​All modules are subject to availability and this list is not exhaustive​ from session to session​.

Core Module

  • International Security

Elective Modules

  • Strategic Studies
  • Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives
  • America and the World: US Foreign Policy
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Economics, Politics and Society in Africa
  • Economics, Politics and Society in MENA
  • Economics, 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 Diplomacy: The Art of Negotiation
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy
  • Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
  • Global Media
  • Global Public Policy
  • India's Foreign and Security Policy
  • International Economics
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
  • Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • 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
  • Sports and Diplomacy
  • Trade Diplomacy

Important notice

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
  • References

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.

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.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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