MSc Diplomacy & International SecurityPovilas Lasdauskas

What inspired you to study Diplomacy and International Security?
I am very keen to pursue a career in diplomacy or international organisations. Before applying for the MSc Diplomacy and International Security, I studied BA International Relations at the University of Essex. I also had internships at the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign affairs and Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. I found this course very appealing, as it offers a great opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and experience within this field.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The best part of the course is that it allows you to choose between different disciplines such as History, Law and Politics. Which I believe are crucial to becoming an outstanding professional in the field. In addition to that, all the different modules are taught by great professionals. It makes the classes very engaging and inspiring. More importantly, the diversity of the course students and the staff opens a range of different perspectives and allows you to learn and engage with a variety of topics that are not commonly addressed by the broader public.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?
This course has greatly expanded my knowledge of diplomacy within different contexts of Law, History and Politics. In addition to that, I have strongly developed my public speaking, research and analytical skills, as well as broadened my network of connections. More importantly, I have learned a lot about diplomatic norms, different negotiation and mediation practices.

What do you think of the support available?
I moved from abroad to do this course and in the context of Brexit and Covid-19, it was rather challenging to get started. However, I always got very quick and honest support from the staff and my peer students. All of them helped me a lot throughout the most challenging times.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
My main advice would be to try to engage with the course material, the staff and the students as much as possible, always be curious and try to dig deeper when studying a particular topic, challenge yourself by taking modules from all three different disciplines. In my opinion, it will help to enjoy this course to the fullest and earns you a priceless set of knowledge and experience.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
My time at Strathclyde was different from the usual university experience, very demanding and challenging due to the pandemic. Despite all of it, the overall experience of this course was so good that it reignited my desire to pursue a career in diplomacy. I have met the most amazing people and gained a lot of knowledge and skills that will be very beneficial in my personal life and any professional role.