St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Effective international engagement is built on excellent diplomacy. Our master's degree in Diplomacy and International Relations will prepare you for a career on the frontline of global affairs.

Why study Diplomacy and International Relations?

Diplomacy has traditionally been understood as the way in which officials pursue their country?s foreign policy. However, in the contemporary fast-changing world in which the current international rulebook and institutions are under intense pressure, diplomacy has come to have a far broader application.

Officials working for the United Nations and other international bodies, such as the European Union, conduct diplomacy. So too do staff at major non-governmental bodies and charities, and unconventional forms of diplomacy by groups such as Independent Diplomat are on the rise. Even businesses now use diplomacy to advance their goals on the international stage.

As well as learning about diplomatic history and theory, you will also develop practical diplomatic skills, such as preparing briefing papers, policy documents and speeches. This will be complemented with the intellectual rigour associated with a study of International Relations, and its different tools for understanding the changing world of international affairs.

You will also have the chance to interact with senior diplomats and benefit from the excellent range of diplomatic missions and international organisations located in the British capital.

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

The taught programme runs over two semesters full time (September until May).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on written coursework and includes assignments specifically designed to build key analytical and communication skills. These include preparing policy briefings, engaging with the media and delivering presentations and speeches.

Career opportunities

Diplomacy and International Relations has been designed to prepare you for a career in diplomacy and other associated roles within international affairs, whether working for a national foreign ministry, an international organisation, an NGO, or any other body or organisation that works globally.

Start Date:

2020-SEP-14.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,580 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,650 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,580 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The expected entry requirement for the programme is a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject. Applicants without a degree, but with relevant work experience, for example as a government official or an employee in an international organisation, or applicants with other relevant work experience, such as journalism or in NGOs, will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: The expected entry requirement for the programme is a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject. Applicants without a degree, but with relevant work experience, for example as a government official or an employee in an international organisation, or applicants with other relevant work experience, such as journalism or in NGOs, will also be considered. Students whose first Language is not English, they need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 6