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Diplomacy & International Security MSc/PgDip

Diplomacy & International Security MSc/PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Diplomatic Studies Security

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The MSc Diplomacy & International Security gives graduates from a range of academic backgrounds the opportunity to gain expertise in a vital area of international engagement. It will also appeal to professionals interested in moving into positions requiring a breadth of knowledge on diplomacy, history and security issues.

Diplomacy and International Security are among the most pressing issues facing the world today. This programme is distinctive as it offers students a historical understanding of contemporary issues and enables them to develop an in depth knowledge of diplomacy. The programme examines key international security concerns and gives students the opportunity to engage with issues of vital relevance in today’s world.

This Masters programme offers a genuinely multidisciplinary experience. Drawing on the academic expertise in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, you'll be able to select classes from History, the School of Government & Public Policy, and the Law School.

The course has links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Consular Missions in Edinburgh. Distinguished diplomatic and foreign policy practitioners will contribute to the programme and you'll have the opportunity to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

The course was selected for the prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for 2020/21 which enables talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

What you’ll study

The MSc in Diplomacy & International Security introduces and familiarises you with contemporary and historical issues relating to the course topics, examining them through historical, political and legal viewpoints.

The course is organised into core and elective classes. The core classes focus on the evolution and practice of diplomacy and will provide students with the research skills required. The opportunity to carry out an extended piece of original historical research and writing is provided in the form of the dissertation.

There are two core modules and you can select optional classes from each school. Your experience is further enhanced by learning alongside students from other disciplinary backgrounds.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.


The programme will equip students with the skills and knowledge to pursue professional careers in areas including:

  • government (whether domestically or in supra-national organisations such as the EU or UN)
  • non-governmental organisations
  • international agencies
  • journalism
  • think-tanks
  • law firms

The strong research focus means this course will also act as a route to advanced postgraduate study in:

  • history
  • politics
  • international relations
  • law
  • security studies

For those who wish to pursue a career outside academia, this research component will be beneficial for various research and policy roles, and the public and third sectors.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course provides an advanced study of the evolution of diplomacy. While giving an historical overview it asks questions throughout about the current relevance of various diplomatic practices such as the appointment of ambassadors and the elite nature of policy-making in the diplomatic field. The class will also discusses the broader issues about the definition and purpose of diplomacy.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in social sciences/law subjects or substantial professional experience.

University information

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