Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies

Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies
Course code PMADST8
Postnominal M.A. (Dip. St.)(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Stephen Calleya
Delivered by Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies
The M.A. programme aims at providing advanced instruction in Diplomatic History, International Relations, International Economics, International Law and Diplomacy. The programme provides the students with both theoretical perspectives and practical work in the diplomatic field, concentrating mainly on the 20th century diplomatic history and international affairs. Students are familiarized with the major diplomatic and military events including World War I, World War II and the Cold War which are all discussed from a general and a Mediterranean perspective.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II from the University of Malta or a degree recognized by Senate as equivalent in any of the following fields: International Relations, Law, History, Economics, Political Science, European Studies and Diplomacy, or any other related disciplines as approved by the University Admissions Board on the recommendation of the Board:
provided that applicants with a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II shall be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must be in possession of a certificate of proficiency in English at the level required by the University.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned, as directed by the Board.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
Students will:

• be familiar with the fundamental principles and concepts of international relations and international history,
• have a holistic view of the basic concepts in international economics at the micro and macro levels,
• have a good understanding of general principles of public international law, maritime law and human rights issues,
• be able to identify and practice diplomatic skills particularly within the ambit of intercultural diplomacy in the Mediterranean,
• have a critical appreciation of international, regional and national dimensions of diplomacy, with a specific focus on diplomacy in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The M.A. programme is designed for students with a background in political science, economics, law and history.
Graduates from previous years have found employment in a variety of backgrounds where diplomatic skills are useful. These include the diplomatic service and other governmental agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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