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Master of Arts in Protocol & Soft Diplomacy Skills

Course Description

This programme has been designed to offer a complete education in the field of protocol and soft diplomacy skills, and to be delivered by current and renowned experts in either protocol or diplomatic practice.

Our MA programme is professionally oriented and offers direct career preparation. We prepare our students to go global with an ability to interact across cultures, from both their own perspective and that of their counterparts. We aim to train talented individuals for them to develop professional skills and behaviours, and to acquire deep understanding of diplomatic practices, negotiation, comparative protocol, conflict resolution and media management.

This terminal MA programme focuses more on gaining knowledge in the practical application of research and skills. If your goal is to become an expert and acquire new skills for diplomatic practice, organise either public or corporate events, gain a cultural awareness that is crucial in many professions in today’s globalised world, this Master’s Degree will provide you with the premium tools for your career.


At ISPD we believe that learning comes from a mixture of practical and theoretical knowledge, both as taught by lecturers and as practiced by participants. Thus, throughout this course, we aim to offer both practical and theoretical knowledge, using real life examples and simulations that not only help each participant to understand the material that is taught, but to give them an opportunity to learn by making mistakes in workshops and through case study before they have to use this knowledge in their professional lives.

Workshops are offered to offer participants practice in organising different types of official events and in order that they learn by practice. These would include workshops on how to manage difficult VIPs, how to organise visits, conferences, etc., and how to manage a team and ensure that everything happens on time in the appropriate manner.

In order to be certified, each participant must not only attend the lectures and workshops given, but they must complete a series of exercises designed to assess whether they have studied and learnt that which they have seen in their lectures.

University degree

The MA programme has been running in Spain for the last twelve years, and in Belgium since 2008 in cooperation with Spanish universities. At present we work with Universidad Camilo José Cela, based in Madrid, which offers a variety of courses in a wide range of academic subjects.

We work in partnership with the university in order to adapt their curriculum to an international context with world renowned experts. Students will be awarded a diploma from The International School of Protocol & Diplomacy and by Universidad Camilo José Cela once they complete satisfactorily their chosen programme in our Brussels facilities.

Extra-Curricular activities

In addition to the regular certification lectures and workshops, ISPD will organise several extracurricular activities:
– Conferences and guest lectures on a broad range of topics related protocol, diplomacy and cross cultural awareness throughout the year.
– ISPD offers to its students visits to the European Institutions, official VIP facilities where protocol and diplomacy take place.

Visit the Master of Arts in Protocol & Soft Diplomacy Skills page on the International School of Protocol & Diplomacy website for more details!

Entry Requirements

► Registration form 
► Current CV 
► Passport copy 
► Cover letter 
► Recommendation letter 
 Entry on the basis of Bachelor’s degree: 
- Officially certified copy of BA diploma and transcript of records both legalised by an Apostille of The Hague 
- Letter from the university stating that the student has finalised an official BA programme that qualifies for access to postgraduate studies Entry on the basis of experience: - A letter from the employer(s) stating that the applicant has 5 years experience in either protocol, diplomacy, or events organisation. 

Course Fees

8 835 EUR + 21% VAT* (*VAT exemption is possible depending on the mode of study and other factors. Please contact our Front Office to find out more)

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