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  MSt in Diplomatic Studies


University of Oxford    Department for Continuing Education

Full time October Other, MA 12 Months Award winner
Politics & Government (30)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the prestigious MSt in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford. This unique postgraduate programme blends vocational and academic education, equipping early to mid-career diplomats and international relations practitioners with the essential knowledge and skills for navigating the complexities of modern diplomacy. The programme's interdisciplinary approach links theory with practice through core courses like Diplomatic Practice, International Politics, International Trade & Finance, and Public International Law. A highlight is the opportunity for practical workshops, simulations, and enriching field trips to embassies and international organizations. The research component involves a personalised 15,000-word dissertation, allowing students to delve deep into their chosen area of diplomatic studies. With alumni including royalty and prime ministers, the programme offers unparalleled networking opportunities and a diverse cohort, fostering a dynamic learning environment. Join this esteemed programme and elevate your diplomatic career to new heights.

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The Diplomatic Studies Programme (DSP) is a unique postgraduate programme that combines vocational and academic education, specific to the field of diplomacy. The full-time Programme bears the award Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies, and is studied over twelve-months (October-September). It requires full-time residence in Oxford during the first nine months.  

The course enhances the knowledge and skills required for the conduct of diplomacy in a complex, interdependent world. Whether you are in the foreign service of a sovereign state, work for an international organisation or are otherwise involved in the processes and institutions of diplomacy, the course will be of benefit to you.

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