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An Individual Professional Award (IPA) is the academic qualification you receive after the completion of one module. You can study up to three modules under the IPA qualification.

The modules you have access to as part of the IPA qualification are the same modules offered as part of our postgraduate certificates, diplomas and masters’ degrees. They are academically rigorous and have been designed to complement the skills you have gained in your professional career. Continue reading

Discovering Sport and Diplomacy on the Beach

By Dr J Simon Rofe

Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain provided a stunning backdrop to the Beach Volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympics.  It is a sport, which perhaps more than any other, has the greatest cultural resonance with Rio de Janeiro, and so it was entirely appropriate that Bruno Schmidt and Alison Cerutti should win gold for Brazil in the men’s event; whilst Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas won the silver medal in the women’s tournament. Continue reading

Ban the Burkini, or, How to Make a Good Muslim

By Simon Perfect

France’s burkini bans have reminded us that laïcité today is not just about the separation of church and state. It’s also about actively reconstructing religion in line with state values.

Following the terrorist attack on Nice in July, a number of French towns prohibited the wearing of ‘conspicuously’ religious beachwear, with the full-body burkini worn by some Muslim women being the explicit target. Most of the bans have now been overturned by the courts, but the images of women being forced to remove long clothing by armed police continue to be the source of media furore. Continue reading

SOAS and FCO offer new Global Diplomacy online programme this autumn

SOAS University of London will be offering a new online programme, MA Global Diplomacy (South Asia), from this autumn. The programme was developed in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Diplomatic Academy. It was officially launched at the FCO in Whitehall on 6 June 2016 and will be welcoming its first cohort of students in October 2016.

The programme is being offered as a joint initiative between the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and the South Asia Institute (SAI) and will bring SOAS’ experience in innovative online learning and excellent international reputation in the fields of Global Diplomacy and South Asian studies together in one programme.

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Brexit and banking: boom or bust?

In this post Dr. Maurizio Fiaschetti discusses the implications of Brexit on the UK banking industry.

There is no doubt that 23 June will be considered as a singular event able to change the economic perspective for UK and Europe as a whole. How this perspective will evolve is hard to say as there are far too many variables involved and uncertainty is the only sure driving issue.

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