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Diplo LogoDiploFoundation, established in 2002 by the governments of Malta and Switzerland, is a non-profit institution which works in cooperation with the University of Malta to offer accredited online courses in diplomacy and global policy topics. Diplo has run a Postgraduate Diploma course in diplomacy with the University of Malta since 1999 (working as part of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies up until 2002). In 2006, the course evolved into the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy.

The blended learning Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered through the University’s Department of International Relations, includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta, followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. As of 2013, applicants may select Internet Governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy.

In addition, Diplo offers a wide range of online courses, most of which can be taken individually as Diplo certificate courses, or as University of Malta accredited courses towards the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. Course topics include:

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Bilateral Diplomacy
  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Consular and Diaspora Diplomacy
  • Language and Diplomacy
  • Development Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy of Small States
  • E-diplomacy

The full course catalogue, including starting dates, is available on Diplo’s website.

Diplo’s faculty includes over 50 diplomats, academics and other experts, who bring a wide range of experience and a variety perspectives from all over the world. To date, more than 3,000 participants from most of the world's countries, have attended Diplo online courses. Diplo also has an active online community of alumni, faculty and partners, who interact on the Internet Governance and Climate Change social networks, as well as on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Find out more about studying online with Diplo, learn about the various modes of study, and read alumni reviews. To get in touch, visit Diplo’s website, email us at, or call us at our Msida (Malta) office on 21 333 323.


Erasmus+ Second Call for Studies - Semester 2
A second call for Erasmus+ Studies 2017/18 for semester 2 has been launched. 

Scholarships to Study in Malta
Deadline: 30 June

Public Lecture of Dr Hasan Ayoub

Public Lecture on 14th November 2017.

Public Lecture of Dr Jack Corbett
Public Lecture on 22nd November 2017.

Public Lecture of Prof. Simone Borg
Public Lecture on 27th November 2017.

The Human Conveyor Belt
A Public Lecture by Mr Mark Micallef regarding trends in human trafficking and smuggling in post-revolution Libya. 17th May. LT2. 15:00 - 17:00.

The EU as a Global Trade Partner
A Student Debate with Cecilia Malmstrom - 2 March @ 1pm in ALT

The EU and Conflict Resolution
A Public Lecture by Ambassador Fernando Gentilini - 16th February @ 11 a.m-1 p.m in ALT 

Multiculturalism, Integration & Contact Among Socio-Ethnic Groups in Malta

Symposium on 18th January 2017, UoM Valletta Campus, 09:00-13:00. 

EU Foreign Policy in the Sahel
A public lecture by Ambassador Angel Losada Fernandez (EU) - 23rd November

Sakharov Lecture - Dr Ali Ferzat
Syria's best-known political satirist and cartoonist - 18th November

Humanitarianism: Between Realism & Utopia
A Public Lecture by Dr Lars Lofquist - 9th November

US Elections & Foreign Policy
A Public Lecture by Dr Paul Sracic (Youngstown State University).

Last Updated: 6 June 2016

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