The Foreign Office has awarded the MSc in Diplomacy & International Security a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (CSS) for 2021-22. These scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities and are intended for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for full-time Masters study on selected courses. The Scholarship was awarded under the theme: Strenghtening global peace, security and governance.
The MSc in Diplomacy and International Security is a multi-disciplinary programme bringing together academic expertise in HaSS (History, Government & Public Policy, and Law) and examines key developmental goals such as conflict prevention and resolution; security, stability and resilience; as well as strenghtening the role of women. The programme director, Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro has developed links with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Consular Missions in Edinburgh, the Royal United Services Institute, as well as embassies in the UK, the US, and Europe.
Diplomats and foreign policy practitioners contribute to the Practitioner Masterclass seminar series in order to share their insights and engage with students. Recent contributors include Lord Ricketts, former National Security Advisor, and Ambassador to France; and Deputy Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li from the Israeli Embassy in London. The programme received a CSS in 2020 and the successful applicant from India has written about her experience here.