Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance)

Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance)

Course information

Course title Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance)
Course code PMCDIGVFDL2
Postnominal M. CD(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time Distance Learning
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
The Internet is integrated in all aspects of our daily lives. With more than two billion users, it has become a critical communication infrastructure of modern society. The way the Internet will be governed in the coming years will shape future economic and social developments. Internet Governance is of strategic relevance for all nation states.

The importance of the Internet has placed Internet governance on the global policy agenda, where it is addressed at a wide variety of global public and business forums. Internet users and governments who represent them are increasingly concerned about various aspects of the use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools. The way these tools are governed can affect human rights, and the economic and social well-being of individuals and states worldwide. The Internet also has increasing strategic relevance in relation to issues such as cybersecurity and cyberwar. Internet governance has entered diplomatic forums such as UN negotiations on disarmament and arms control. The list of Internet governance issues is long. They are multidisciplinary and they have to be addressed in a multistakeholder way, involving governments, the business sector, and civil society.

Internet governance involves a series of issues and processes that must be understood by diplomats and others involved in policy making if they are to address the international and global policy processes surrounding this ubiquitous resource. Internet governance affects every level of work for citizens, diplomats and governments. It is indispensable that diplomats be prepared to work in what will probably be the most prominent diplomatic arena of the coming decades.

The course is delivered through a 10-day residential workshop in Malta, focusing on practical diplomatic skills, followed by 16 – 20 months of online study. Participants will study a number of required topics (Introduction to Internet Governance, E-Diplomacy, Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources) and select their remaining topics from a wide range of diplomacy-related study units. Participants will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics. For more information on the course and study topics, and to apply, please consult the DiploFoundation website available here or contact

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or with at least Category II in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board or

(b) appropriate professional qualifications, together with sufficient related professional experience, that are acceptable to the Senate and deemed comparable to the qualifications in the above paragraph by the Board.

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The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2021.

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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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Fees are established by the Diplo Foundation

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fees are established by the Diplo Foundation
By the end of this course, participants will be able to participate fully in global forums and policy-shaping discussions. They will be able to research, analyse and inform colleagues and superiors in their ministries and organisations about current issues in Internet governance, as well as prepare/assist in the preparation of position papers and input to global requests for comments and agendas.

Career diplomats will acquire a foundation in Internet governance issues, which will broaden their capability in addressing current ministry of foreign affairs needs on emerging Internet issues. Policy-shapers and Internet governance theorists will be able to deal more effectively with global processes and international bodies in their work on Internet governance.
• Individuals interested in developing a career in Internet governance, cybersecurity and other emerging Internet policy areas.

• Diplomats and government officials dealing with Internet governance, cybersecurity and other Internet-related policy issues.

• Business people and civil society activists involved in multistakeholder Internet governance processes.

• Postgraduate students of diplomacy, international relations, and communications wishing to study the multidisciplinary topic of Internet governance, and to gain deeper insight into Internet governance through interaction with diplomats and Internet governance policymakers.

• Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who would like to take active part in Internet policy-making.
Two important new career priorities are addressed by the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance). The first is in preparing traditional diplomats to understand the complexities of global Internet governance policy shaping. Diplomats, government officials and regulators are required to understand and provide input to Internet processes that will affect the future of their countries, but often do not have a mastery of the issues. This course will give new career diplomats the necessary traditional foundation for career advancement, but will also prepare them to address the issues of tomorrow.

The second area addressed by the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance) is to offer for the first time, formal training in negotiation and diplomatic processes for actors in Internet governance from outside the traditional diplomatic community. Stakeholders from the private sector, academia, civil society, the technical community and international organisations need to add diplomatic skills and credentials to their expertise in order to engage effectively in global and regional forums.
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Last Updated: 11 December 2020

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