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Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy are eligible to write a Master’s dissertation and obtain a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy degree.

Master’s candidates must write a 25,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice, approved by the University of Malta, under the guidance of a research supervisor. Applicants may choose between full-time studies (4 months) or part-time studies (8 months).

Applicants may browse the Dissertation Library (a repository of dissertations submitted by graduates of the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy) for ideas on topics, and to see the typical scope and format of a master’s dissertation.

The application deadline for post-graduate diploma graduates who wish to begin writing their master’s dissertations in October 2024 is 1 June 2024. Complete Application Packages must be received by this time in order to be considered.

Please note: Applicants wishing to write a master’s dissertation must have already successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma Programme.

Application Package

  1. One copy of the University of Malta application form filled out in full. For Section A please indicate course code and title: PMCDIPPDL; Master in Contemporary Diplomacy. Please indicate clearly at the top of the form whether you are applying for full-time studies (4 months) or part-time studies (8 months).
  2. One passport-size photo.
  3. Dissertation proposal (please click here to download the dissertation proposal form).
  4. Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see methods of payment).

Please email complete application packages to admissions@diplomacy.edu (attn. Ms Tanja Nikolic).

Renouncing the Postgraduate Diploma

In order to obtain the master’s degree, applicants are required by the University of Malta to renounce their Postgraduate Diploma. Applicants will be asked to sign a declaration to this effect upon acceptance into the programme, and to return the diploma to the University of Malta once the dissertation has passed. Candidates who for any reason do not complete or pass the Master’s programme will keep the Postgraduate Diploma.


The fee for the master’s dissertation (after completion of the PGD) is €2600.

A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be submitted with the application package. On commencement of the programme, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from your tuition.

In case of any queries please contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu (attn. Ms Tanja Nikolic), or via tel: +356 21 333323.