MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance
A one-year intensive MA Programme
This unique one-year Master’s programme provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. Both diplomacy and global governance are important institutions of the international order; but they are also the institutions undergoing permanent processes of change in the modern and at times turbulent world.
No institution has undergone greater change in both our theoretical understanding of it and the nature of its day-to-day practice in the last several decades than diplomacy. No process has become more important than our ability, or often lack of it, to engage on transnational policy making by international collective action problem solving while at the same time becoming so highly contested and politicized.
We face a permanent challenge to govern ourselves beyond the territory of the nation state, and hence face the importance of understanding the expectations and limits of global governance and diplomatic skills.
The degree is designed and taught by a network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makersfrom international organisations, and provides both theoretical foundations and practical skill-sets for students interested in international careers in diplomacy, government, international organizations, think tanks and NGOs.
With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, US and Asia, the programme can offer students a truly global exchange between theory and practice. By deliberately bringing together key practitioners with scholars from these fields, graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract insights and advantages of the various perspectives and approaches at this turning point in the history of diplomacy and global governance.
As part of this MA programme, you will have an opportunity to do a tailor-made internshipwith one of our high-profile internship partners which you will be involved in the deep-end of our partners’ activities from day one. The programme has a wide range of agreements with international organisations for internships during the summer after the completion of your major course work, allowing you to focus full-time on your internship in addition to writing your thesis.
- Intensive full-time one-year Master’s Programme with flexible course formats; possibility of part-time modus of evening classes (two-years)
- Innovative and interactive teaching, delivered by an outstanding faculty of scholars, practitioners and trainers
- Organized by Vesalius College in cooperation with senior officials from the European Union and national diplomatic communities
- Strong link between theory and actual practice
- Internship placement in international organizations, think tanks and NGOs
- Intensive skills training and policy workshops
- Strong link to policy-maker scene in Brussels
- Capstone course that links students to real-life issues and challenges of policy-makers and practitioners
Structure and Courses
60 ECTS must be completed for this MA programme.
Semester 1: Compulsory Courses (30 Credits) + 1 Skills Training
|The Theory and Practice of International Relations and Geopolitics||6 ECTS|
|The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Global Governance||6 ECTS|
|The Role of International and Regional Organizations (including UN, IMF, World Bank, NATO the EU and other regional organizations)||6 ECTS|
|Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis||6 ECTS|
|Research Methods||6 ECTS|
|Networking and Professional Skills Training Workshops (Preparation for Capstone Course in Semester 2)||--|
|Negotiating the Global Economy 1: Trade||3 ECTS|
|Negotiating the Global Economy 2: International Finance||3 ECTS|
|Transnational Network Diplomacy and Global Public Policy||3 ECTS|
|Diplomacy, Global Development and Humanitarian Aid||3 ECTS|
|The EU as a Global Diplomatic Actor||3 ECTS|
|International Law for Diplomats (TBC)||--|
|The Politics and Diplomacy of the Trans-Atlantic Relationship||3 ECTS|
|Negotiating the International Environment: Agents, Actors, Issues||3 ECTS|
|Public Diplomacy and Communication (Science and Culture in the age of social media)||3 ECTS|
|MA Thesis||12 ECTS|
|MA Capstone Practicum: Policy-Oriented Advising in Diplomacy||6 ECTS|
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Last updated October 23, 2017