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Course summary

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. Diplomacy and International Security are among the most pressing issues facing the world today. This programme is distinctive as it offers students a historical understanding of contemporary issues and enables them to develop an in depth knowledge of diplomacy. The programme examines key international security concerns and gives students the opportunity to engage with issues of vital relevance in today’s world. This Masters programme offers a genuinely multidisciplinary experience. Drawing on the academic expertise in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, you'll be able to select classes from History, the School of Government & Public Policy, and the Law School. The course has links with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the Consular Missions in Edinburgh. Students have the opportunity to engage with distinguished diplomatic and foreign policy practitioners who contribute to the programme. The course was selected for the prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for 2023/24. This enables talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.


Compulsory classes: Diplomacy: Evolution, Theory and Practice, Embassises in Crisis. Choose one module from the following three subject-specific research classes: Research Skills, Sources & Methods for Historians, Principles of Research Design Optional classes: Contemporary Security Challenges & Responses, Britain, France & the United States 1945-1955 Diplomacy, Strategy & Alliance, Contemporary International Relations, International Human Rights Law, International Institutions & Regimes, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in the Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1947-1979, The Global Cold War in Africa, Secret Intelligence: From the Cold War to the Global War on Terror, Theory & Principles of Conflict Resolution.

Assessment method

Assessment is conducted with a mixture of presentations, written assignments and exams that vary module by module.

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in humanities, social sciences/law subjects or substantial professional experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7300 Year 1
England £7300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7300 Year 1
Wales £7300 Year 1
Channel Islands £7300 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on tuition fees, additional costs and funding for this programme, please view the programme details on the University of Strathclyde website.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course, including the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship and EU Transitions Scholarship. Please see website for further details.

Diplomacy and International Security at University of Strathclyde - UCAS