MSc in Diplomatic Studies

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Diplomatic Studies

University of Stirling

MSc in Diplomatic Studies

The programme aims to develop:

  • the essential skills for the practice of diplomacy, with an emphasis on assessment of situations, negotiating skills, communication and persuasion
  • the practical skills needed to evaluate the context of international political, economic and strategic relations where diplomacy takes place
  • the managerial skills of diplomats in their working environment
  • an understanding of diplomatic protocol
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate events, situations and policies of states, international and regional organisations
  • the ability to communicate conclusions intelligently and fluently
  • the analysis of the structure, functions and decision-making processes of international institutions

The London Academy of Diplomacy

At the London Academy of Diplomacy you will have the unique opportunity to meet and engage with a wide range of internationalprofessionals from the world of diplomacy, security and business. You will benefit from friendly and open discussions with our academic staff, and will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from leading practitioners in the diplomatic field through our weekly Diplomatic Forum, where you will participate in simulations and project work, recreating real life diplomatic situations in which you will play a part. Throughout your programme there are opportunities to visit leading European institutions in diplomacy and business, and we offer a number of internships to support you in your work and to help you to find employment on graduation.

Structure and content

You will need to gain 200 credits in order to qualify for the Master’s degree.

Core modules

  • Diplomacy and Statecraft (20 credits)
  • International Law (20 credits)
  • International Political Economy and Trade (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • Negotiating International Agreements (20 credits)
  • Protocol and Conference Management (20 credits)
  • Sports Diplomacy(20 credits)
  • International Development Diplomacy (20 credits)
  • Commonwealth Studies(20 credits)
  • International Institutions(20 credits)
  • The EU in World Politics(20 credits)
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Foreign Policy

Career opportunities

Many of our students are senior professionals in diplomatic missions or NGO’s but we also have many students who are preparing to enter the world of diplomacy after their first degrees.

One of our aims is to help prepare them for their future career in three ways:

First, the opportunity to mix with and learn from fellow students in diplomatic missions in London or from overseas. We provide opportunities through our social programme and Diplomatic Forum for them to engage with their professional colleagues and develop their personal and professional skills by contact with the diplomatic community.

Secondly, we provide opportunities for visits to professional institutions, such as Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs), The Institute of Directors, The Houses of Parliament, The Commonwealth Secretariat, NATO, the EU, the UN and the European Parliament, where students can meet functionaries and network and develop their professional contacts.

Finally, our staff are happy to use their professional experience to advise students of job opportunities and we also offer a number of internships for students in international organizations, such as the European Parliament.


  • 2015/16 Overseas £15,000
  • 2015/16 UK/EU £10,000
  • 2014/15 Overseas £14,000
  • 2014/15 UK/EU: £9,500

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant, appropriate or relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 12, 2015
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