Studying for a Career in Diplomatic Relations

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The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS University of London is a leading centre for Diplomatic Studies.

The mission of CISD is to promote multi-disciplinary teaching that combines the distinctive expertise of SOAS with cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

Drawing on the academic expertise of both the Centre and SOAS departments of Law, Politics, and Economics, CISD programmes seek to look beyond the traditional Western-centric approach.

The MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary for an international affairs related career.

Students on the course benefit from participating in a week-long European study tour visiting international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) or the European Commission (EC).

Media skills training courses run by current and former BBC staff also form part of the programme as, too, does the opportunity to take a short language course at the SOAS Language Centre.

Student, Fatima Sator, completed her MA International Studies and Diplomacy in 2016.

“I always told myself that if I ever got too comfortable in life that was the time to shake things up and to challenge myself, and that was exactly what happened when I finished working as a journalist in Switzerland and started postgraduate studies at SOAS.

“I had previously done an internship at the UN in Geneva, and it was there that I first heard about SOAS. Before starting the course, I Skyped a current student who told me that SOAS was wonderful.

“I think it is true to say that the course has changed my life.”

“Doing media training with a BBC professional, plus the opportunity to meet students from all around the world from East Timor to Fiji, have been amazing. However, for me, the highlight must be when I was able to go back to the UN, this time as a student panellist, and where I gave a talk in front of 200 people on the subject of Women and the UN Charter. I am passionate about the UN and will return there on a year’s consultancy at the end of my degree, something that would not have been possible without SOAS.”

MA Global Diplomacy is a distance learning programme. Students learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations, and gain an in-depth knowledge of negotiations processes through the course’s core module, The Art of Negotiation. In addition, students can select optional study modules according to their interests and career goals, including International Security; Diplomatic Systems; and US Foreign Policy.

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