PSIA  offers students the opportunity to complement their Master’s specialisation with a rich choice of cross-cutting regional and thematic concentrations. The breadth and depth of PSIA Masters and concentrations mean students can personalise their academic pathway and chart their very own career path.

Students who spend two-years at PSIA must choose 2 concentrations which they will follow for the duration of their studies.

  • During their first semester, students take 2 courses: 1 in each concentration
  • During their second semester, students take 2 courses: 1 in each concentration
  • During their last semester, students take 2 courses: 1 in each concentration

Students on the Joint degree (with School of Journalism) or a Dual Degree, as well as those on a one-year Master’s program, choose only one concentration.

All concentrations are open to all PSIA students irrespective of their choice of Master. In response to student feedback, the list of concentrations on offer to new students starting in the 2019/20 academic year has been updated and appears below.

Regional Concentrations

PSIA’s regional concentrations offer a variety of courses in politics, culture, sociology, and economics, equipping students with skills to navigate and explore the issues at stake in a given part of the world. The regional concentrations aim at developing students’ knowledge and expertise on a particular area of their anticipated career. Courses are taught by academics with world-leading knowledge and practitioners who have long-term work experience in a particular region.

  • African Studies
  • The Americas [new: covering North America and Latin America]
  • Chinese and East Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • South and Central Asian Studies

Thematic Concentrations

Students will be requested to indicate their choice of two concentrations and consult with PSIA faculty and staff prior to course registration. They will confirm their choices on the day of course registration. In total, for each chosen concentration, students must follow three 24-hour modules.



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