Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

Course information

Course title Master in Contemporary Diplomacy
Course code PMCDIPFDL8
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 Master in Contemporary Diplomacy offers the opportunity for working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education. The course is delivered through a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 – 20 months of online study. Faculty members include high-ranking, practising and retired diplomats as well as renowned academics in the fields of diplomacy and international relations.

The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy (Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance, and more). 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.

Details on how to apply are available here.

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

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: Fees are established by the Diplo Foundation

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fees are established by the Diplo Foundation
The Master in Contemporary Diplomacy guides working diplomats and international relations professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges. By the end of this course, participants will have an advanced understanding and overview of current international diplomatic processes and methods. They will have specific in-depth knowledge of selected areas of diplomacy (depending on elective study units attended). They will develop practical skills in areas such as public diplomacy, negotiation, diplomatic protocol, e-diplomacy, and media relations.
This course will be of interest to:

• practicing diplomats, civil servants, and others who work in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics,

• journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics,

• post-graduate 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,

• post-graduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
Working diplomats and other international relations professionals will find this course useful for acquiring further work-related knowledge and obtaining career advancement within their organisations.

Postgraduate-level students or professionals from other fields will find this course a solid preparation for gaining employment with their national ministries of foreign affairs, or in other international relations-related jobs (UN, other international organisations, international non-governmental organisations).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 18 December 2020

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