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Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma 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.

The programme, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta  Department of International Relations, includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy (including Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy and more).

Internet governance specialisation: Applicants may select Internet governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. This specialised programme gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in diplomatic skills and techniques, necessary to engage effectively in international and global policy processes. Graduates of Diplo's Internet governance courses hold key positions in national, regional, and international bodies working in Internet governance, including the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group, ICANN and ISOC. Please click on the Course details tab for further information.

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Open for applications: 

Yes

Application deadline: 
1 October 2014 (international applicants); 15 November 2014 (Maltese applicants)
Start date: 
2 February 2015
Course code: 
PMCDIPFDL8 / PMCDIGVFDL2
ECTS credits: 
90
Mode(s) of study: 
Master/PGD (residential workshop and online)

…a valuable academic complement to my professional experience.
 

Francois Desruisseaux
Course participant
Course details

Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma 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.

The programme, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations, includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy (including Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy and more).

  • Flexible: You design your study programme, deciding on the Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, and selecting from our wide range of courses. You decide when and where to study.
  • Practical and affordable: Programme fees cover participation and accommodation for the 10-day workshop in Malta and the entire online course tuition. Even better, with online study you can continue to work and earn an income. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet.
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and are kept relevant through discussion of current events and trends. Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.
  • Personalised: Extend your professional network through your classmates and lecturers. Small group sizes emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers.
  • Effective: The programme is highly rated by former participants, who have seen immediate and lasting benefits ranging from personal development to career advances.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, making it recognised worldwide.

Internet governance specialisation: Applicants may select Internet governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. Candidates for this area of specialisation will attend several required courses in the area of Internet governance (Introduction to Internet Governance, E-diplomacy, and at least one of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources) and select their remaining courses from the wide list of diplomacy topics (see Provisional schedule for 2015 for Internet governance specialisation below). Candidates will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

Candidates who successfully complete the Internet governance specialisation will receive a degree/diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta. Internet governance courses attended – as well as other courses attended – will be listed in the detailed transcript issued on completion of the programme.

Programme structure

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy consists of a compulsory 10-day workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online learning, including writing a Master's dissertation. 

The option of completing up to two of the online courses before enrolling in the programme offers additional flexibility and financial savings. Please see University of Malta Accredited Courses to learn more about this option.

The programme language is English, giving non-native speakers a valuable opportunity to practise and hone their skills at expressing and explaining work-related concepts in this international language.

Faculty members include high-ranking, practising and retired diplomats as well as renowned academics in the fields of diplomacy and international relations. For further details please visit our faculty page.

Phase 1: Attend the introductory residential workshop in Malta

The compulsory residential workshop focuses on building skills used in diplomatic practice. Seminars are drawn from the following:

  • Bilateral and multilateral negotiation skills
  • Language and influence
  • Communication skills and public speaking
  • Media skills
  • Diplomatic reporting
  • Public diplomacy
  • Online learning study skills
  • Consular crisis management
  • Diplomatic protocol and etiquette
  • E-diplomacy
  • Internet governance
  • Development diplomacy

You will need to bring a notebook or laptop computer for participation in the Malta workshop. A wireless Internet connection will be available in the workshop room.

An important benefit of the workshop is meeting other course participants and faculty members face-to-face. This personal contact makes the online learning phase richer and more rewarding. Participants tell us that they keep in touch with classmates and faculty members long after the programme ends and the resulting professional network is highly valuable in their work.

Phase 2: Choose your online courses

During the online learning phase, you return home and complete five online courses of your choice, each lasting ten weeks. Participants usually choose one course during each of the five sessions of the programme, although two courses may be taken simultaneously if this suits your schedule better. Participation in the programme involves seven to ten hours of study time per week (based on taking one online course at a time).

Courses cover a wide range of both traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, many of them not taught elsewhere. Please see the provisional schedule below, and visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Discussion and interaction with course lecturers and among participants improves and enhances individual study of course topics. We keep online class groups small to allow for rich collaborative learning.

After successful completion of the introductory workshop and the online learning phase, you may choose whether to receive the Postgraduate Diploma or to proceed with writing your Master's dissertation.

Phase 3: Write your dissertation

If you aim for the Master's degree, you will prepare a 25 000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice under the personal online guidance of a research supervisor selected from Diplo's faculty members. You may decide whether to write your dissertation over a four- or eight-month period. Candidates for the Internet governance specialisation will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

If you have already completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy and would like to write your Master's dissertation, please see our page on How to Apply for the Master's Dissertation.

Provisional schedule for 2015 (subject to possible changes)

Note: visit our Course Catalogue for full course descriptions.

Introductory Workshop in Malta: Monday, 2nd February to Wednesday, 11th February 2015 (required for all candidates)

Online Learning Session 1: week of 16 February to week of 20 April 2015

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Introduction to Internet Governance

Online Learning Session 2: week of 4 May to week of 6 July 2015

  • Bilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy of Small States
  • E-diplomacy

Online Learning Session 3: week of 20 July to week of 21 September 2015

  • 21st Century Diplomacy
  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities

Online Learning Session 4: week of 5 October to week of 7 December 2015

  • Development Diplomacy
  • Language and Diplomacy
  • Consular Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy

Online Learning Session 5: week of 22 February to week of 25 April 2016

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Introduction to Internet Governance

Provisional schedule for 2015 (subject to possible changes) for Internet governance specialisation

Note: visit our Course Catalogue for full course descriptions.

Introductory Workshop in Malta: Monday, 2nd February to Wednesday, 11th February 2015 (required for all candidates

Online Learning Session 1: week of 16 February to week of 20 April 2015

  • Internet Governance

Online Learning Session 2: week of 4 May to week of 6 July 2015

  • E-diplomacy

Online Learning Session 3: week of 20 July to week of 21 September 2015

  • Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources*
  • 21st Century Diplomacy
  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities

Online Learning Session 4: week of 5 October to week of 7 December 2015

  • Cybersecurity*
  • Development Diplomacy
  • Language and Diplomacy
  • Consular Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy

* Participants must choose at least one of Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources, either in the Learning Session 3 or 4.

Online Learning Session 5: week of 22 February to week of 25 April 2016

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
Reviews

I was interested in the deeper intricacies of diplomacy in the 21st century, given the major tectonic shifts in today's geopolitics. The Master in Contemporary Diplomacy programme delivered by providing us with a more holistic approach which featured the mainstream key players perspective as well as the often 'silent' dimension of small states. The programme exceeded my expectations... it pushed our traditional boundaries to expand our body of knowledge beyond our comfort zones.
Read an interview with Setaita on Diplo's blog.

Setaita Tupua Kalou
Senior Assistant Secretary (Political & Treaties), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji
May 2013

The Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in Internet Governance provides the ideal frame for my disparate pieces of knowledge about the Internet. The wide variety of courses to choose from for the online learning sessions meant that I could tailor the programme to advance my Internet studies while honing my diplomatic skills to match.
Read an interview with Kevon on Diplo's blog.

Kevon Swift
Business Analyst, External Relations Unit, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
June 2013

The IG route in the MA Contemporary Diplomacy Programme has enabled me to situate the focus of my work on Internet Governance in Africa in a space that is directly relevant to the mandate of the NEPAD Agency. The Programme is highly interactive and provides opportunities to shape one’s learning by blending personal experiences with the experiences of other participants. I have found immense value in being able to bring together the two worlds of Internet Governance and Diplomacy.

Towela Nyirenda-Jere
Programme Manager, e-Africa Programme, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
June 2013
Who should apply

This programme will be of interest to:

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate 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 practising diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • 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.

The Internet governance area of specialisation will be of interest to:

  • 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.
Prerequisites

Applicants for the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy must meet University of Malta prerequisites for postgraduate study:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements: Paper-based TOEFL - 600; Internet-based TOEFL – 95 (with a writing score of at least 24); IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element); Cambridge: Advanced Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.

All applicants must have regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).

Fees

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is €7930. After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants who choose to write the Master's dissertation pay an additional fee of €2470.

The fee covers:

  • Application and registration fees
  • Tuition fees for workshop and five online courses
  • Ten-day Introductory Workshop in Malta:
    • Eleven nights accommodation including breakfast and lunch at a four star hotel
    • Skill improvement workshops with our international team of experts
    • Group and personalised training in computer and IT skills necessary for online learning
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo's online classroom, and print text books where applicable
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Use of Diplo’s online databases and resources
  • Online technical support
  • For the Master's dissertation, personal supervision by one of our faculty members and advising by Diplo staff

The fee does not include travel expenses to Malta for the workshop.

A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be submitted with the application package. On acceptance into the programme, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from the course fee.

Financial Assistance

DiploFoundation offers a limited number of partial scholarships for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy fee, to assist diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries. Financial assistance is not available to cover the additional fees for the Master's dissertation.

To apply for a scholarship please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application package. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the programme.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country.

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to Finding Scholarships for Online Study may provide you with some useful starting points.

How to apply

Complete applications must be received by 1 October 2014 for international applicants, and by 15 November 2014 for Maltese applicants.

Required documents

  1. University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form for overseas applicants; download form for applicants with Maltese qualifications). At the top of the form please indicate February 2015 as the start date. For Section A please indicate the correct course code and title: Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (PMCDIPFDL8); or Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet governance) (PMCDIGVFDL2).
  2. Draft research proposal of around 500 words (relevant to Section F of the application form; or Section E for Maltese applicants). You will have the opportunity to revise or change this before begining work on your dissertation, if you opt for the Master's degree.
  3. Copies or scans of your degree(s) and official transcripts. Originals must be presented during the introductory workshop in Malta.
  4. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator (copy or scan with the application, originals to be presented in Malta).
  5. English language proficiency certificate obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements: Paper-based TOEFL - 600; Internet-based TOEFL – 95 (with a writing score of at least 24); IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element); Cambridge: Advanced Certificate with Grade C or better). Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results.
  6. Copy or scan of the personal details pages of your passport.
  7. If you are requesting financial assistance, please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include details of your relevant professional and educational background; reasons for your interest in the programme; and why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme, i.e. how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country. Financial assistance from DiploFoundation is only available to applicants from developing countries.
  8. Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see methods of payment).

In case of any queries please contact: admissions@diplomacy.edu

Please send the complete application package by e-mail to admissions@diplomacy.edu or by post to the address shown below.

Please ensure that your application package is complete as we cannot process incomplete applications.

Late applications may be considered if space remains in the programme - please contact us if you wish to submit an application after the deadline.

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Course details:

Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma 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.

The programme, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations, includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy (including Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy and more).

  • Flexible: You design your study programme, deciding on the Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, and selecting from our wide range of courses. You decide when and where to study.
  • Practical and affordable: Programme fees cover participation and accommodation for the 10-day workshop in Malta and the entire online course tuition. Even better, with online study you can continue to work and earn an income. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet.
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and are kept relevant through discussion of current events and trends. Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.
  • Personalised: Extend your professional network through your classmates and lecturers. Small group sizes emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers.
  • Effective: The programme is highly rated by former participants, who have seen immediate and lasting benefits ranging from personal development to career advances.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, making it recognised worldwide.

Internet governance specialisation: Applicants may select Internet governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. Candidates for this area of specialisation will attend several required courses in the area of Internet governance (Introduction to Internet Governance, E-diplomacy, and at least one of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources) and select their remaining courses from the wide list of diplomacy topics (see Provisional schedule for 2015 for Internet governance specialisation below). Candidates will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

Candidates who successfully complete the Internet governance specialisation will receive a degree/diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta. Internet governance courses attended – as well as other courses attended – will be listed in the detailed transcript issued on completion of the programme.

Programme structure

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy consists of a compulsory 10-day workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online learning, including writing a Master's dissertation. 

The option of completing up to two of the online courses before enrolling in the programme offers additional flexibility and financial savings. Please see University of Malta Accredited Courses to learn more about this option.

The programme language is English, giving non-native speakers a valuable opportunity to practise and hone their skills at expressing and explaining work-related concepts in this international language.

Faculty members include high-ranking, practising and retired diplomats as well as renowned academics in the fields of diplomacy and international relations. For further details please visit our faculty page.

Phase 1: Attend the introductory residential workshop in Malta

The compulsory residential workshop focuses on building skills used in diplomatic practice. Seminars are drawn from the following:

  • Bilateral and multilateral negotiation skills
  • Language and influence
  • Communication skills and public speaking
  • Media skills
  • Diplomatic reporting
  • Public diplomacy
  • Online learning study skills
  • Consular crisis management
  • Diplomatic protocol and etiquette
  • E-diplomacy
  • Internet governance
  • Development diplomacy

You will need to bring a notebook or laptop computer for participation in the Malta workshop. A wireless Internet connection will be available in the workshop room.

An important benefit of the workshop is meeting other course participants and faculty members face-to-face. This personal contact makes the online learning phase richer and more rewarding. Participants tell us that they keep in touch with classmates and faculty members long after the programme ends and the resulting professional network is highly valuable in their work.

Phase 2: Choose your online courses

During the online learning phase, you return home and complete five online courses of your choice, each lasting ten weeks. Participants usually choose one course during each of the five sessions of the programme, although two courses may be taken simultaneously if this suits your schedule better. Participation in the programme involves seven to ten hours of study time per week (based on taking one online course at a time).

Courses cover a wide range of both traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, many of them not taught elsewhere. Please see the provisional schedule below, and visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Discussion and interaction with course lecturers and among participants improves and enhances individual study of course topics. We keep online class groups small to allow for rich collaborative learning.

After successful completion of the introductory workshop and the online learning phase, you may choose whether to receive the Postgraduate Diploma or to proceed with writing your Master's dissertation.

Phase 3: Write your dissertation

If you aim for the Master's degree, you will prepare a 25 000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice under the personal online guidance of a research supervisor selected from Diplo's faculty members. You may decide whether to write your dissertation over a four- or eight-month period. Candidates for the Internet governance specialisation will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

If you have already completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy and would like to write your Master's dissertation, please see our page on How to Apply for the Master's Dissertation.

Provisional schedule for 2015 (subject to possible changes)

Note: visit our Course Catalogue for full course descriptions.

Introductory Workshop in Malta: Monday, 2nd February to Wednesday, 11th February 2015 (required for all candidates)

Online Learning Session 1: week of 16 February to week of 20 April 2015

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Introduction to Internet Governance

Online Learning Session 2: week of 4 May to week of 6 July 2015

  • Bilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy of Small States
  • E-diplomacy

Online Learning Session 3: week of 20 July to week of 21 September 2015

  • 21st Century Diplomacy
  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities

Online Learning Session 4: week of 5 October to week of 7 December 2015

  • Development Diplomacy
  • Language and Diplomacy
  • Consular Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy

Online Learning Session 5: week of 22 February to week of 25 April 2016

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Introduction to Internet Governance

Provisional schedule for 2015 (subject to possible changes) for Internet governance specialisation

Note: visit our Course Catalogue for full course descriptions.

Introductory Workshop in Malta: Monday, 2nd February to Wednesday, 11th February 2015 (required for all candidates

Online Learning Session 1: week of 16 February to week of 20 April 2015

  • Internet Governance

Online Learning Session 2: week of 4 May to week of 6 July 2015

  • E-diplomacy

Online Learning Session 3: week of 20 July to week of 21 September 2015

  • Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources*
  • 21st Century Diplomacy
  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities

Online Learning Session 4: week of 5 October to week of 7 December 2015

  • Cybersecurity*
  • Development Diplomacy
  • Language and Diplomacy
  • Consular Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy

* Participants must choose at least one of Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources, either in the Learning Session 3 or 4.

Online Learning Session 5: week of 22 February to week of 25 April 2016

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice
  • Public Diplomacy
Who should apply:

This programme will be of interest to:

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate 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 practising diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • 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.

The Internet governance area of specialisation will be of interest to:

  • 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.
Methodology:

The residential workshop combines lectures, exercises, assignments, and simulations in order to build skills used in diplomatic practice. Participants are expected to participate fully in the workshop, and evaluation is based on both participation and graded assignments for each topic covered.

During the online courses, interaction takes place via the Internet through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussion via blogs or forums, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments). At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. Evaluation is based on participation and on several assignments for each course.

Writing the dissertation is a largely an individual activity. Each participant will work with a supervisor drawn from Diplo's faculty, communicating via e-mail.

Prerequisites:

Applicants for the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy must meet University of Malta prerequisites for postgraduate study:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements: Paper-based TOEFL - 600; Internet-based TOEFL – 95 (with a writing score of at least 24); IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element); Cambridge: Advanced Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.

All applicants must have regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).

Fees:

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is €7930. After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants who choose to write the Master's dissertation pay an additional fee of €2470.

The fee covers:

  • Application and registration fees
  • Tuition fees for workshop and five online courses
  • Ten-day Introductory Workshop in Malta:
    • Eleven nights accommodation including breakfast and lunch at a four star hotel
    • Skill improvement workshops with our international team of experts
    • Group and personalised training in computer and IT skills necessary for online learning
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo's online classroom, and print text books where applicable
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Use of Diplo’s online databases and resources
  • Online technical support
  • For the Master's dissertation, personal supervision by one of our faculty members and advising by Diplo staff

The fee does not include travel expenses to Malta for the workshop.

A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be submitted with the application package. On acceptance into the programme, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from the course fee.

Financial Assistance

DiploFoundation offers a limited number of partial scholarships for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy fee, to assist diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries. Financial assistance is not available to cover the additional fees for the Master's dissertation.

To apply for a scholarship please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application package. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the programme.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country.

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to Finding Scholarships for Online Study may provide you with some useful starting points.

How to apply:

Complete applications must be received by 1 October 2014 for international applicants, and by 15 November 2014 for Maltese applicants.

Required documents

  1. University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form for overseas applicants; download form for applicants with Maltese qualifications). At the top of the form please indicate February 2015 as the start date. For Section A please indicate the correct course code and title: Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (PMCDIPFDL8); or Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet governance) (PMCDIGVFDL2).
  2. Draft research proposal of around 500 words (relevant to Section F of the application form; or Section E for Maltese applicants). You will have the opportunity to revise or change this before begining work on your dissertation, if you opt for the Master's degree.
  3. Copies or scans of your degree(s) and official transcripts. Originals must be presented during the introductory workshop in Malta.
  4. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator (copy or scan with the application, originals to be presented in Malta).
  5. English language proficiency certificate obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements: Paper-based TOEFL - 600; Internet-based TOEFL – 95 (with a writing score of at least 24); IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element); Cambridge: Advanced Certificate with Grade C or better). Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results.
  6. Copy or scan of the personal details pages of your passport.
  7. If you are requesting financial assistance, please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include details of your relevant professional and educational background; reasons for your interest in the programme; and why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme, i.e. how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country. Financial assistance from DiploFoundation is only available to applicants from developing countries.
  8. Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see methods of payment).

In case of any queries please contact: admissions@diplomacy.edu

Please send the complete application package by e-mail to admissions@diplomacy.edu or by post to the address shown below.

Please ensure that your application package is complete as we cannot process incomplete applications.

Late applications may be considered if space remains in the programme - please contact us if you wish to submit an application after the deadline.