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Applications extended and scholarships available: 2015 Master in Diplomacy with IG specialisation

DiploFoundation is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Master's programme in Contemporary Diplomacy, with a specialisation in Internet governance.

This specialised programme, offered by DiploFoundation and the University of Malta, gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in diplomatic skills and techniques, necessary to engage effectively in international and global policy processes. Graduates of Diplo's Internet governance courses hold key positions in national, regional, and international bodies working in Internet governance, including the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group, ICANN and ISOC.

Diplo is also offering partial scholarships (20 - 40% discount) available for applicants from developing countries, with priority given to small island developing states.

The Master's programme includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16–20 months of online learning. The deadline to apply is 10 November 2014

For more details and to apply, please visit http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/MAPGD or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.


Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

with an Internet Governance Specialisation

Accelerate your career with this online diplomacy programme,
offered by DiploFoundation and the University of Malta.


  • Application deadlines extended: 10 November (international applicants); 1 December (Maltese applicants). Apply now to reserve your place.
  • Partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, with priority to applicants from small island states. 

This unique programme gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in diplomatic skills and techniques necessary to engage effectively in international global policy processes.

’The IG route in the MA Contemporary Diplomacy Programme has enabled me to situate the focus of my work on Internet Governance in Africa in a space that is directly relevant to the mandate of the NEPAD Agency. I have found immense value in being able to bring together the two worlds of Internet Governance and Diplomacy.’
Towela Nyirenda-Jere 
Programme Manager,  e-Africa Programme, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

How the programme works

  • First, you attend a 10-day residential workshop in Malta. Here you will get a clear overview of the programme, meet your classmates and some of the faculty members, and develop skills in critical areas of diplomacy including negotiation, protocol, and language.
  • Next, you participate in five online courses, each lasting ten weeks. You will attend three or four courses in IG-related topics and choose the remaining courses from our wide range of diplomacy topics. Online study involves reading and discussing lecture texts with course lecturers and fellow participants, completing learning activities and assignments, and joining online meetings. Once you have completed these courses, you are eligible to receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta.
  • If you continue to the Master's degree, the final part of the programme is writing your dissertation, focussed on an IG-related topic, under the personal guidance of a faculty member. On successful completion, you will receive a Master degree in Contemporary Diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta.
  • The IG courses you attended – as well as other courses – will be listed in a detailed transcript which you can order on completion of the programme to supplement your diploma or degree in Contemporary Diplomacy.

Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats, academics, and specialists in IG with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.
Online learning takes place in small groups and is highly interactive, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers. Course work is flexible: within a weekly schedule, you decide when and where to study. The programme requires 7-10 hours of study per week.

The Master in Contemporary Diplomacy is recognised worldwide and has European postgraduate accreditation through the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta. Graduates of Diplo's IG courses hold key positions in national and international bodies working in Internet Governance, including the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group.

Who should apply

Diplomats, government officials, and other individuals interested in or responsible for IG, cybersecurity and other Internet-related policy issues; business and civil society activists involved in multistakeholder IG processes; postgraduate students, journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations wishing to take an active part in Internet policy-making.


How to apply

The next programme begins on 2 February 2015. Apply by 10 November 2014 (international applicants); 1 December 2014 (Maltese applicants).

For further details and application instructions, please visit http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/MAPGD or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

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