Effective international engagement is built on excellent diplomacy. Our Master's degree in Diplomacy will prepare you for a career on the frontline of global affairs.
Why study Diplomacy?
Diplomacy has traditionally been understood as the way in which officials pursue their country’s foreign policy. However, in the contemporary world diplomacy has come to have a far broader application.
Officials working for the United Nations and other international bodies, such as the European Union, conduct diplomacy. So too do staff at major non-governmental bodies and charities. Even business now use diplomacy to advance their goals on the international stage.
This degree programme has been designed to prepare you for a career in diplomacy, whether working for a national foreign ministry, an international organisation, an NGO, or any other body or organisation that works globally.
As well as learning about diplomatic history and theory, you will also develop practical diplomatic skills, such as preparing briefing papers, policy documents and speeches. You will also have the chance to interact with senior diplomats and benefit from the excellent range of diplomatic missions and international organisations located in the British capital.
Why St Mary's?
This postgraduate degree builds on our proven expertise in the fields of diplomacy and international relations.
Prof James Ker-Lindsay has a practical background in conflict resolution and has worked at the Foreign Office. He has written extensively on foreign policy and diplomacy.
Prof John Charmley is one of Britain’s leading diplomatic historians and has written extensively on Churchill and the End of Empire. Prof Glenn Richardson is an authority on England’s relations with Europe in the Tudor period and Dr Claire Norton has written on Ottoman diplomacy.
The course is designed and delivered by senior figures with hands-on experience of diplomacy at the very highest levels. Prof Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, served as policy advisor and private secretary to the prime minister, and has worked as an ambassador and head of the policy unit at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Visiting professors include Sir Ivor Roberts and Ambassador Noel Fahey. Sir Ivor Roberts served as British Ambassador to Italy, Yugoslavia and Ireland and is also the editor of recent editions of Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (widely regarded as the most authoritative diplomatic handbook). Ambassador Noel Fahey served as Ireland’s ambassador to Germany, the United States and the Holy See.
The course also includes contributions from other senior diplomats and figures from the worlds of foreign policy and international politics.
The taught programme runs over two semesters full time (September until May). Classes are held in late-afternoon and evening. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. An additional feature of the course are masterclasses by leading diplomats.
Assessment is based on written coursework and includes assignments specifically designed to build key skills. These include developing negotiating abilities, writing diplomatic cables, preparing policy briefings, engaging with the media and delivering presentations and speeches. The final dissertation/professional practice independent project will be completed between June to September.
The course has three possible exit points:
- Postgraduate Certificate: successful completion of 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma: successful completion of 120 credits without a dissertation
- Master's: successful completion of 120 credits plus a 15,000-word dissertation or professional practice report
- You will be taught by academics with hands-on experience of diplomacy and international affairs
- Located near international organisations, embassies and think tanks in the capital
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, with direct public transport into the heart of Central London