New course in Diplomacy and International Security

British Embassy in Paris

A new course in Diplomacy & International Security has been launched at the University of Strathclyde.

The MSc course will cover a broad range of international subjects in History, Politics and Law. It will offer valuable grounding for careers in fields including government, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, journalism, think tanks and law.

Academics involved in the programme have 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 students will have the opportunity to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

The course, which can be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months, is now open for applications. It will be led by academics from three schools in Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences - Humanities, Government & Public Policy and Law.

Programme Director and History Lecturer Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro said: “The practice of diplomacy is vital to international negotiations, particularly in times of extensive and rapid change, and has a distinguished and established lineage.

“Diplomacy and international security are among the most pressing issues facing the world today. Success or failure can have huge implications for the international community and society as a whole. That’s why this programme has been welcomed by diplomats, politicians and academics.

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.

The course features compulsory classes on Diplomacy: Evolution, Theory and Practice and one compulsory module from: Research Skills, Sources & Methods for Historians; Principles of Research Design or Legal Research Skills.
Students can also select from a range of optional classes including:
  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in the Arab-Israeli Dispute
  • Contemporary Security Challenges & Responses
  • Embassies in Crisis
  • Britain, France & the United States: Diplomacy, Strategy & Alliance
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Terrorism & the Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Institutions & Regimes.

Students will also write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a course-related topic of their choice.

The course begins in September 2019. Apply now and obtain further information .