City, University of London

City, University of London

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

The MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is designed for those planning, or already engaged in, a career in the diplomatic service, journalism, international organisations (such as the United Nations or the European Union) or non-governmental organisations (such as Amnesty and Oxfam). It will also prepare you for a career in political risk, international finance and think tanks.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to achieve) a first or upper second class honours degree in politics, the social sciences or humanities, business or law.

We will also consider your application if you have an equivalent degrees in another subject along with significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from universities outside the UK.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Course modules

Core modules:
Strategy, Diplomacy, and Decision Making (30 credits);
Economic Diplomacy (15 credits);
Foreign Policy Analysis (15 credits);
Dissertation (60 credits);
Research Workshop.

Elective modules:
Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:
US foreign policy (15 credits);
Theories of International Politics (30 credits);
Understanding Security in the 21st Century (15 credits);
International Organisations in Global Politics (15 credits);
Development and World Politics (15 credits);
Religion in global politics (15 credits);
Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (30 credits);
Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits);
The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits);
International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits);
Global Governance (15 credits);
Global Financial Governance (15 credits);
Global Political Economy: Contemporary Approaches (30 credits);
Global Ethics: Power and Principle (30 credits); and
Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics (15 credits).

Typical modules offered by the Sociology Department:
Developments in Communication Policy (30 credits);
Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits);
Criminal Minds (15 credits); and
Crime News (15 credits).

Typical modules offered by The City Law School:
Arbitration (30 credits);
Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategy, Risks and Costs (30 credits);
Energy, Environment and Security (30 credits);
Law and war (30 credits);
Mediation and Negotiation (30 credits);
International Dispute Settlement (30 credits); and
Law of Treaties (30 credits).

Assessment methods

In two of the core modules you are assessed on written coursework only. In Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-making, assessment includes performance in class exercises. There are no exams at the MA level.

Coursework usually comprises a 4,000-word essay, or an equivalent written piece such as a policy paper or a research proposal.

The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of self-directed research, focusing on a specific issue, phenomenon and/or event within the study of foreign policy and diplomacy. This might include political, economic, and policy issues, and also normative and ethical dimensions, as well as the use (and misuse) of foreign policy tools.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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