PSIA offers students the opportunity to complement their Master 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.
All Concentrations are open to all PSIA students irrespective of their Master program or Master specialisation.
All PSIA students must select one Concentration , and then take and validate three courses from those offered within their selected Concentration.
Students on dual degree and One-Year degree programs will take one course from their selected Concentration in the first semester, and two courses from the same Concentration in the second semester.
Students pursuing a two-year program exclusively at PSIA must also choose to :
(a) Select a second Concentration, and then take and validate three courses from those offered within their second Concentration, or
(b) Select the ‘enhanced’ Master option, and then take and validate three additional courses from those offered within their Master specialisation, or apply, if eligible, for a place on a Law School clinic, and then, if accepted, take and validate all courses required for the clinic (full details here).
In each semester, students on two-year program will take one course from their 1st Concentration plus one course either from (a) their second concentration or (b) a list of courses offered within their Master specialisation. Students accepted on a Law School clinic will receive guidance about the scheduling of courses for their 1st Concentration from their Academic Advisor.
In response to student feedback, the list of concentrations on offer to new students starting in the 2020/21 academic year has been updated and appears below.
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]
- Asian Studies [new: covering Chinese and East Asian Studies and South and Central Asian Studies]
- European Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Russian Studies
- Environment and Sustainability [new: combining the former Environment concentration with elements from the former International Energy concentration]
- Global Economy [new: combining the former Emerging Economies and Global Economic Policy concentrations]
- Global Health
- Global Risks
- Human Rights
- Media and Writing
- Project Management
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.
- Thematic Concentrations:
- Regional Concentrations:
For questions concerning the concentrations, please contact:
- Lamiss Azab: European Studies, Russian Studies, Environment and Sustainability
- Cecilia Baeza: Global Economy, Methods, The Americas
- Alice Judell: Global Risks, Intelligence
- Catarina Laranjeira: African Studies, Agriculture, Global Health
- Mimi Maung-Trentin: Diplomacy, Project Management
- Tina Robiolle: Asian Studies, Human Rights, Migration, Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, Media and Writing