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MA United Nations and Diplomatic Studies

MA United Nations and Diplomatic Studies

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Diplomatic Studies International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

The degree provides a firm grounding in diplomatic theory and practice. It covers the history and operation of diplomacy; the causes of conflict and strategies for conflict resolution; the nature and operation of international organisations, including the United Nations and its agencies; the development and global role of supranational organisations, especially the European Union (with an emphasis on its external policies); global political communication, including the media and new forms of communication; the practice of great power politics. It is taught from the Centre for United Nations Studies.

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.


Global Political Communication (20 Credits)
Diplomacy (20 Credits)
Conflict Resolution (20 Credits)
Great Power Politics (20 Credits)
Diplomacy Simulation Exercise (20 Credits)
International Organisations (20 Credits)
The European Union and its External Policies (20 Credits)
Dissertation (40 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.

University information

Postgraduate options at the University of Buckingham include a wide variety of programmes, from master’s to professional doctorates. There are almost 100 choices available, open to graduates or those with equivalent work experience. The university offers enriching opportunities for learners to gain higher qualifications, boost their job prospects and further explore their passions. Classes are small in size, where students benefit from...more

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