PSIA  offers students the opportunity to complement their Master’s specialisation with a choice of 24 regional or thematic concentrations. The breadth and depth of PSIA Masters and concentrations mean students have an vast array of options to individualise their course of study and to 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 and are intended to complement their core curriculum and to help develop their career path.

Regional Concentrations

  • African Studies
  • Chinese and East Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • North American 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.


2018 - 2019 Programs

 For questions concerning the concentration programs, please contact:

  • Louise Harris: China and East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, South and Central Asian Studies, Human Rights, Migrations 
  • Dania Del Ben: European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, North American Studies, Russian Studies, International Energy, Environment, Media and Writing, Methods 
  • Alice Judell: Defense and Security Economics, Global Risks, Intelligence 
  • Catarina Laranjeira: Agriculture, Emerging Economies, Global Health, African Studies 
  • Mimi Maung-Trentin: Diplomacy, Project Management, Global Economic Policy
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