One Year MA Programme in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy
One Year MA Programme in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy
The Degree Programmes are offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
About The MA Degree in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy
The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-coordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events).
These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments.
They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange. The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism or cultural liaison (or all of these). Projects are likely to require international music project management, enhanced communication (verbal and digital) skills and an understanding of global creative communities.
The programme provides students with expertise in the field of International Music and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena.
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About The MA Degree in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy
The programme recognises that International events are increasingly important within a globalizing world, reflecting the increasing levels of interconnectedness and levels of social consciousness of the world as a single place Mega sporting and cultural events also have an increased political saliency to a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental actors across the world. In this sense, contemporary sporting and cultural events are significant elements of a globalised politic, ‘inﬂuencing and being inﬂuenced by politics and foreign policy’. International events are therefore inseparable from politics, international relations and diplomacy (public or cultural).
They are also now accepted as an important element in nations’ soft power offensives, to the point that securing a positive impact on the nation’s image (or brand) or international prestige has moved from being a welcome consequence to a signiﬁcant justiﬁcation for investing in hosting sports mega-events.
The programme provides students with expertise in the field of International Events and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena.
Further information about the programme is found under:
The programmes consist of 90 ECTS credits in total and have a duration of two trimesters, and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the programme. The first trimester of the programme is hosted by the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and the second trimester is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.
The Master’s Degrees are awarded by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. UWS is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA programme are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn a total of 90 ECTS credits (180 UK Credits) upon completion.
Individuals studying for the MA will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine strong academic backgrounds with significant work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies*, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable as a pre-requisite for the application. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges.
Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment.
- Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrollment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts.
All courses are taught in English, thus an Evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother language their BA studies were not conducted fully in English.
The application form is found under http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/apply-uws
Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application.
The supporting documents required for the application process:
- A Copy of your Passport.
- Your updated CV. The CV should include detailed Academic qualifications (including start and end years of each academic programme you have undertaken) and your professional experience (including start and end years of each Position held; the name of the organization and address, where you were positioned and the title of your position, including a description of the tasks in your held position).
- Copy of Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate and Transcript including Grades (and of graduate diploma and grades once applicable as well) (Current undergraduate students are able to submit a confirmation of their current studies and their current transcripts).
- Employment Verification letters for the Professional experience (once applicable) from the Organization where you were positioned (including start and end dates-month and year- of the Position held; the framework of the position- part or full-time position, the title of your position, and a brief description of the tasks in your position held or Academic reference, not older than 6 months.
- Personal Statement - a personal statement (of up to 700 words) explaining your motivation for studying at the programme and or your former studies.
- An Essay as a Writing sample (of between 2-5 pages) on any theme related to the fields of the programme.
- Recommendation/reference letter, not older than 6 months.
- If the primary language of instruction in your undergraduate degree studies was NOT English, please submit an IELTS English Proficiency test. Applicants must achieve a score of at least 6.0 in the IELTS and at least 5.5 in each element or equivalent is noted in order to be eligible for the MA studies.
If you are having difficulties in submitting the full list as above, please inform us and we will endeavour to assist to enable the proceeding promptly.
Dates and Deadlines
Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the programme is possible towards Fall, and Winter start, each year.
The next start dates:
- Fall Semester 2018 (Septepmber 2018)
The tuition cost is 9,000 Euros for the full programme. The fees cover only the tuition fees and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense, which students might have.
It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments (of 4,500 Euros each), however if the student is able to make one payment of the entire tuition fee before the start of the studies, they will receive a discount of 5% on the total tuition cost (to 8,550 Euros in total).
We are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions.
Scholarships, equaling up to a 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on academic excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to first submit their initial financial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are then determined for the second semester.
The UWS has international scholarships available and these are for up to £2000 , in addition to merit based scholarships up to £1500.
Further information is found under: http://www.uws.ac.uk/international-students/fees-and-scholarships/
Further to these scholarship outlined in our e-mail above, we are not able to offer any further scholarships or financial support.
Students are welcome to search for scholarships, such as from governments, or other Institutions. With regards to how to obtain such funding, we encourage participants to consider relevant foundations, institutes, organizations, companies and Governments as possible sources. A number of students on ICD programs have been able to acquire funding from their government, company or from relevant foundations.
We do not have any specific sponsor to which we can refer students.
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Last updated July 1, 2018