MSc Diplomacy & International Security Stefan Butler, UK

What inspired you to study Diplomacy and International Security (MSc)?
I have had a keen interest in international relations and politics from my undergraduate studies and felt that MSc Diplomacy and International Security would be the next step in furthering this interest and study. The course description informed me of potential future ambitious job opportunities as a result of completing this course, which enticed me to further my studies with Diplomacy and International Security.

What did you enjoy most about your course?
The course content of specific topics based on contemporary diplomatic crises spiked my interest, as I was able to learn from real-time examples and issues, which allowed me to research and study these examples further, outside of the classroom. The undertaking of the weekly ambassador’s forum task was particularly engaging, as this required weekly research on an assigned nation’s foreign and diplomatic policy.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?
Through the writing of my dissertation, I have become very knowledgeable on the diplomacy of the Yugoslav Wars, with a focus on the mediation attempts the United Nations and NATO. The course allows students to direct their study through a lens of interests specific to them. The presentation assessments, although demanding, vastly improve student’s presenting skills, which is essential for future careers.

What do you think of the support available?
The support available from teaching staff as well as academic peers has been excellent. The teaching staff regularly hold informal meetings to catch up and allow students to express any concerns or thoughts on their studies. There is also a dedicated careers service available to students during their studies as well as for a number of years once students have completed their course. The Strathclyde Library service also work in tandem with the teaching staff, ensuring all students are capable of accessing and navigating the essential library services.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Make sure to be fully engaged in the class content, as well as the extracurricular activities such as the highly interesting practitioner sessions. The course is really rewarding and above all else, enjoyable!

What are your ambitions for the future?
I have ambitions to work with the foreign and diplomatic sector of the government, as well as having a career in the refugee and asylum area of the United Nations. I believe that the Diplomacy and International Security course has prepared me, and has given me the confidence to succeed in these career paths.