Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

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Course information

Course title Master in Contemporary Diplomacy
Course code PMCDIPFDL8
Postnominal M. CD(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award 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
This full-time distance learning M.A. provides you with an education on international relations that focuses on practical skills and theory about the basics of diplomacy. Through contemporary topics like language and diplomacy, internet governance, and development diplomacy, you will be trained to master the art of negotiation in a global context where presentation and content matters. While obtaining an advanced understanding and overview of current international diplomatic processes and methods, you will be tasked with writing at length about a topic of your choosing in the field of negotiation.

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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 2022.

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.

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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
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Participate in global forums and policy-shaping discussions
• Research, analyse, and inform about current issues in diplomacy and negotiation
• Prepare and assist in position papers and input to global requests for comments and agendas
• Appreciate the active role of policymaking
• Present and conduct convincing policy in a competitive environment
This course will of interest if you are:

• A practicing diplomat, civil servant, or others who works in international relations and seeking to refresh or expand your knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
• A journalist, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translator, business person and others who interacts with diplomats and seeking to improve your understanding of diplomacy-related topics.
• A post-graduate student of diplomacy or international relations seeking to study topics not offered through your university programmes or diplomatic academies, and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practicing diplomats.
• A post-graduate student or practitioner in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
As a working diplomat or other international relations professional, you will find this course useful for acquiring further work-related knowledge and obtaining career advancement within your own organisations. Whether you are a postgraduate level student or a professional from other fields, this course will provide you with 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 2021/2.

Last Updated: 13 January 2022

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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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