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2010 Master/Postgraduate Diploma
in Contemporary Diplomacy

DiploFoundation and University of Malta

Obtain an academic qualification from a European university.
Enjoy stimulating online learning while remaining on-the-job.
Connect with interesting professionals working in international relations.
Choose contemporary topics taught by real diplomacy practitioners.

The Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy offers working diplomats and other international relations professionals an opportunity for accredited postgraduate level education. The 2 year programme includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by online study.

Programme Structure

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy consists of a 10-day workshop in Malta, 12 - 15 months of online learning, and writing a Master’s dissertation.

Phase 1: Attend the Introductory Workshop in Malta
The compulsory residential workshop focuses on building skills used in diplomatic practice. An important benefit of the workshop is meeting other course participants and faculty members face-to-face. This personal contact makes the online learning phase richer and more rewarding. Participants keep in touch with classmates and faculty members long after the programme ends and the resulting professional network is highly valuable in their work.

Phase 2: Choose your Online Courses
During the online learning phase, you return home and complete five online courses of your own choice, each lasting ten weeks. Courses cover a wide range of both traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, many of them not taught elsewhere. See our online catalogue for further details.

Interaction takes place via the Internet through an online classroom. Each week, you will read provided lecture texts, adding questions, comments and references using online tools. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these comments, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, you will also complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forums, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments). At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. Discussion and interaction with course lecturers and among participants improves and enhances individual study of course topics.

Application Info

Who should apply?


Diplomats, civil servants, and other international relations professionals who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and aca-demics;

Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people;

Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practicing diplomats;

Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the 2010 programme, which will begin on February 1, 2010, with the workshop in Malta. The application deadline is October 15, 2009.

For further information or to apply please visit http://www.diplomacy.edu/MA or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.

We keep online class groups small to allow for rich collaborative learning. In total, participation in online courses requires seven to ten hours per week.

After successful completion of the introductory workshop and the online learning phase, you may choose whether to receive the Postgraduate Diploma or to proceed with writing your Master’s dissertation.

Phase 3: Write your Dissertation
If you aim for the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy degree, you will prepare a 25 000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice under the personal online guidance of a research supervisor selected from Diplo’s faculty members.

The programme language is English, giving non-native speakers a valuable opportunity to practice and hone their skills at expressing and explaining work-related concepts in this international language. Faculty members include high ranking practicing and retired diplomats as well as renowned academics in the field of diplomacy and international relations.

Get a Head Start!

Consider enrolling in one of our October 2009 online courses (Development Diplomacy, International Trade Relations and Diplomacy, Language and Diplomacy) for academic credit towards the 2010 Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme.

This is an excellent way to get a head start on your Master/Postgraduate Diploma studies:

* you can try out one of our courses before committing to the full programme;
* you complete one online course before the programme begins, leaving just four to complete as a Master/Postgraduate Diploma student;
* the University of Malta will screen and accept your application now, making the Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme application process quicker and easier;
* tuition fees paid for the online course will be deducted from your Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme fees.

For more information read about University of Malta Accredited Courses on our website or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.

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