MSc Global Public Policy (Online)


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Online learning

The MSc in Global Public Policy provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of a range of explanations for change and continuity in public policymaking in an interdisciplinary, global context. Merging the study of public policy theory, global governance, global advocacy, international relations, political economy and diplomacy to interrogate policy processes beyond the nation-state.

This programme puts at its heart the policy challenges of cross-cutting transnational issues in gender, climate change, resource geopolitics, nuclear proliferation, security and terrorism, sport, trade and economic governance. Students will be trained to critically evaluate and develop solutions for policy issues of global resonance that lay at the intersection of public, private and non-profit sectors.

Through its core modules, the programme covers key concepts and theories that enable critical analysis of given policy space and the complex and fractious processes by which policy is formulated, adopted and implemented at multiple levels of political authority. Students will learn to be cognizant of the impact of relations of power, including those between the global North and South, and to question the assumptions inherent to conventional approaches to policy analysis and management.


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​.


  • Global Public Policy (Core)
  • Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives (Elective)
  • America and the World: US Foreign Policy (Elective)
  • Digital Diplomacy (Elective)
  • Economics, Politics and Society in Africa (Elective)
  • Economics, Politics and Society in MENA (Elective)
  • Economics, Politics and Society in South Asia (Elective)
  • Finance Sustainability and Climate Change (Elective)
  • Foundations of International Law (Elective)
  • Gender, Conflict and the Middle East (Elective)
  • Global Citizenship and Advocacy (Elective)
  • Global Challenges: Science Diplomacy (Elective)
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy (Elective)
  • Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World (Elective)
  • Global Media (Elective)
  • India's Foreign and Security Policy (Elective)
  • International Economics (Elective)
  • International Security (Elective)
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World (Elective)
  • Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Elective)
  • Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Elective)
  • Pakistan: Religion, Politics and Security (Elective)
  • Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development (Elective)
  • Political History, Culture and Diplomacy in Iran (Elective)
  • Sports and Diplomacy (Elective)
  • Strategic Studies (Elective)
  • Trade Diplomacy (Elective)

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

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.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

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