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Global Corporations and Policy


The Global Corporations and Policy MSc by distance learning provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the management and regulation of multinational corporations.

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Study the MSc Global Corporations and Policy degree, with academic direction from SOAS, wherever you are in the world.

This programme provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the role and dynamics of large corporations in the global economy and international affairs. It’s a flexible, engaging and stimulating course in a dynamic field of study.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth critical understanding of the nature and development of Multi-national Enterprise (MNE) organisations
  • Develop an advanced understanding of changes in the international patterns of production and the inherently political nature of international production processes and organisation
  • Gain a sound grounding in policy and regulatory problems created by the operations of MNEs and their impact on changing international patterns of production, and a critical understanding of these in the light of competing legal and economic theories of the organisation and activities of MNEs
  • Develop a detailed knowledge and critical awareness of principal social, political, macroeconomic and environmental effects of MNE operations
  • Gain a systematic and critical understanding of the fundamentals of corporate and political management strategies

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Course details

You will study;

  • One core modules 
  • Two elective modules
  • A dissertation 

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The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated tutor.

Study materials

You will have access through the VLE to study materials developed by academics at SOAS. These include a core subject guide for each course; key and further readings; and various online and multimedia tools.

Online support

When you register, you gaom access to your Student Portal. You can then access your university email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.
  • A dedicated Associate Tutor, who you can contact with queries.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time commitment

You study one module at a time over a sixteen-week study session. There are two study sessions (and two dissertation sessions) per year. If you follow this without interruption, you should complete in the minimum two-year period.

You should expect to study between 10-12 hours a week during these sessions.


Each module is assessed by a series of written online activities (30% of the module mark), and a coursework essay of 4,000-5,000 words (70% of the mark).

The dissertation will be assessed by an initial 1,500 word research proposal (15%) followed by a written dissertation of up to 15,000 words, excluding bibliography and appendices (85%).

More about coursework.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need either a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from an institution acceptable to the University or relevant education and work experience that comprises suitable training for the programme.

If you have a qualification in an unrelated subject or an unconventional career path with diverse work experience, we will consider your application on its own merits.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the iELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

See more about computer requirements.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Total MSc

£ 12,000

Cost per module

£ 3000


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Methods of payment available

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The programme will prepare you for a variety of roles in NGOs, government departments, regulatory agencies, and international organisations (such as the OECD or WTO).

Become an advisor, manager, researcher or project professional with a multinational corporation, trade union or advocacy organisation.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

This MSc is designed by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS, University of London.

CISD is committed to promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and producing work that influences key international debates. The Centre’s research on corporate governance, disarmament and globalisation exemplifies this approach.

Programme Director
Dr Pallavi Roy is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS. Her experience includes political economy research on South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh) using the political settlements approach as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a London-based business and political risk consultancy.

Dr Sutha Nadarajah convenes on the MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations and MSc Global Corporations and Policy (Online) research focuses on International Security, International Relations, and global governance. He teaches courses on International Relations, Global Public Policy and Project Management.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.