Personal Statement for MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Synopsis of program is as follows: “The MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy (ISD) program is designed for those engaged in, or planning to embark upon, a professional career requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments. ISD aims to prepare students for a variety of roles, such as working within a Foreign Service or other government department; international civil service (such as the United Nations or European Union); international NGOs (working in fields such as development, humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution); multinational corporations and international media. The program also suits those engaged in or considering research roles within a policy think tank, risk analysis organisation or doctoral program and seeking to deepen their academic and practical understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice. The program has a multi-disciplinary structure and draws on the teaching and research strengths of CISD and of the SOAS departments of International Politics, Law, Economics and area studies (especially of Asia, Africa and the Middle East) as well as a wide range of languages. Students choose a combination of modules to meet their specific professional needs and personal interests.
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