Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA

City University London
Course summary
2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA - a City University degree programme

The MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is useful for applicants looking to carve careers in planning, journalism and research-based organisations for policy making such as Amnesty and Oxfam. In addition, professionals will be prepared for a career in political risk, international finance and foreign policy.

The course includes topics in economic, political and practical foreign policy with reference to key regions.

Suitability - Who should attend?

A first or upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a social sciences, law, business studies or humanities discipline.

If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test).

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Citizens from states other than Europe/Switzerland are may need to go for entry or visa applications

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: Those requiring a Tier 4 student visa for studying in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA. The skills of our Masters graduates are directly relevant to a wide range of careers in research, civil service, media communications, journalism, international organisations, NGOs, international finance and the private sector.

This Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA is specifically designed for those looking to start a career, or develop their existing a career, in:

  • the diplomatic service
  • journalism
  • international organisations
  • non-governmental organisations
  • political risk
  • international finance
  • policy and think tanks.

Training Course Content

In this Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA, you will develop your analytical capacities and your ability to examine and critically evaluate the role of foreign policy, diplomacy and decision-making in relation to complex issues such as:

  • the capacity of states to meet their economic and political foreign policy goals
  • the role of foreign policy and diplomacy in global conflict
  • the relationship between human rights, foreign policy, and diplomacy
  • the evolution of international organisations as diplomatic and foreign policy forums.

You will explore the significance of risk and change in contemporary foreign policy and diplomacy, and develop your ability to critically evaluate foreign policy tools and diplomacy in the contemporary world.

You take six taught modules during the Diplomacy and Foreign Policy MA course: three core modules and three chosen from a list of electives. All modules run for one term (usually eleven weeks). You also complete a dissertation.

Core modules

Economic diplomacy (20 credits)

Deadlock in the WTO multilateral trade negotiations, negotiations for an international climate change agreement, and the diplomatic exchanges surrounding the renegotiation of sovereign debt in Europe are all examples of situations where economic diplomacy plays an increasingly significant part.

After exploring the key concepts and theoretical frameworks, you will explore different approaches to economic diplomacy among major industrialised economies, regional organisations such as the EU, emerging markets like China, India and Brazil, and developing countries.

You will critically analyse economic diplomacy in key areas of the world economy such as trade policy, climate change, financial regulation, sovereign debt management, foreign aid, and exchange rate adjustments. You will also evaluate the role played in the management of international economic affairs by non-state actors such multinational corporations and NGOs.

Foreign policy analysis (20 credits)

In this module you cover issues and problems in foreign policy by engaging with the theoretical and practical dimensions of Foreign Policy Analysis, a strand of International Relations theory. The module reflects the research specialities of academic staff including Dr Amnon Aranand Professor Inderjeet Parmar.

By the end of the module you will have learned to develop suitable conceptual and theoretical frameworks to examine the formulation, implementation, and consequences of contemporary foreign policy, and to identify the key drivers and determining factors of foreign policy.

Strategy diplomacy and decision-making (20 credits)

This is a highly participative and experiential module in which you explore practical approaches to policy formulation, decision-making and negotiation within organisations and between competing parties.

Through exercises, debates and simulations you will be encouraged to experiment with different ways of defining problems, reconciling competing agendas, facilitating dialogue and mitigating risk.

By the end of this module you will be able to identify constructive ways of taking on some of the challenges surrounding decision-making and diplomacy that you can expect to encounter in the work place.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of self-directed research, focusing on a specific issue, phenomenon and/or event within the study of foreign policy and diplomacy. This might include political, economic, and policy issues, and also normative and ethical dimensions, as well as the use (and misuse) of foreign policy tools.

You will be assigned a relevant dissertation supervisor who will advise on the appropriate approach and stages for the investigation of the topic.

You are normally required to pass all taught modules before progressing to the dissertation.

Elective modules

Three electives (20 credits each) from:

  • Understanding Security in the 21st Century
  • International Organisations in Global Politics
  • Development and International Politics
  • Political Islam in Global Politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Global Finance
  • The Politics of Forced Displacement and Resettlement
  • Global Civil Society ;
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Global Transformations
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-making
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Transnational Media and Communication
  • International Communications and Conflict
  • Migration and Social Inclusion
  • Rights, Multiculturalism and Citizenship
  • Human Wrongs
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Global Politics of Human Rights
  • Crime News
  • Penology
  • Political Economy of Food
  • Key Issues in Financial Journalism

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year


  • UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.
  • International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course.
  • Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

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