Global Diplomacy

Central and South America | Europe | North America | Russia and Eastern Europe

The global diplomacy MA programmes provide both wide-ranging intellectual skills, and direct practice-based experience for the analysis of solutions to many of today's global problems. 

Diplomacy forms the centre of international relations, and these programmes are designed to support those interested in careers in foreign service, transnational organisations and global non-governmental organisations. 

A row of flags from different nations.
By studying a regional pathway you'll gain a greater understanding of that area's unique characteristics, history and future.

You will have the opportunity to engage with rigorous practical skills and a thorough conceptual understanding of the challenges to global society.  With inputs from leading academics as well as international practitioners with experience in the UK FCDO, US State Department, other Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. This will allow you to influence professional situations in providing well founded solutions to challenging global issues.

You will join one of four programmes: Central and South America; Europe; North America; or Russia and Eastern Europe, allowing you to focus on diplomacy practices and policies within a specific region set against a global context. By studying these programme pathways, you will gain a historical understanding and contemporary awareness of the practice of Global Diplomacy and the diplomacy of their chosen region.

The academic team are committed to the promotion of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research and are hugely experienced in working with online learners.

By studying the global diplomacy programmes, you will gain:

  • the ability to demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature and development of global and regional diplomacy, as applicable, drawing on a variety of contributing disciplines.
  • an advanced understanding of changes in global and/or regional diplomacy and procedures and the relationship of those changes to contemporary international politics.
  • a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches to debates in global diplomacy and regional differentiations so that you will have the competencies and skills to analyse global events using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools.
  • a detailed knowledge of issues in global diplomacy and/or the region in historical and contemporary contexts. By providing a thorough grounding in the subject, you will be made aware of the importance of relevant topics to a sophisticated understanding of global events and political developments.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before your register.

The global diplomacy programmes create opportunities to take your career further. You will have the opportunity to blend a strong conceptual understanding with rigorous practical skills. This combination will enable you to enhance your place in the workforce as an expert in global diplomacy.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

The MA Global Diplomacy: Central and South America, MA Global Diplomacy: Europe, MA Global Diplomacy: North America and MA Global Diplomacy: Russia and Eastern Europe consist of four modules and a dissertation as follows:

  • Two core modules (30 credit modules each):
    • Art of Negotiation and
    • Economics, Politics, Society: Central and South America; or
    • Economics, Politics, Society: Europe; or
    • Economics, Politics, Society: North America; or
    • Economics, Politics, Society: Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Two elective modules derived from the list of those available
  • Dissertation module (60 credit module)

All students will normally study the core module/s first. All assessments for each module will normally be submitted before a student may progress to a subsequent module.

Download the Programme Specification.

View Programme Regulations.

Key dates

April 2022 intake
Applications open 20 December 2021
Applications close 21 March 2022
Registrations close 28 March 2022
Programme starts 12 April 2022

How you study

These programmes offer a variety of highly engaging online learning materials and activities. Your learning experience will be facilitated by a dedicated associate tutor, an accessible learning platform, opportunities for reflection so you can map and understand your own progress, and enhanced online student support.

Each module, with the exception of the dissertation, has six online assessments (e-tivities), which comprise a range of different written and reflective tasks within a dedicated framework for learning and giving each student the best possible chance to succeed to the best of their abilities.

Online support

When you register, you will have access to the Student Portal which is the gateway to your learning. You will then be able to access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives useful information about your relationship with the University of London through to graduation. 
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers online learning support and other study materials.
  • Your university Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic digital sources comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students have access to items on request which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Study materials

All resources and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks.

Student support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our pathway you follow in your studies.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Learning and assessment

The way we learn, underpins our programme and places the student at the centre of the learning experience through a range of tailored assessments, known as e-tivities. These assessments are carefully calibrated to meet the module and programme level learning outcomes. More details can be found on individual module pages and within the programme regulations.

Entry requirements

For your application to be considered you will need the following:

  • A minimum upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) from an acceptable institution.
  • Or relevant professional experience.

We will consider each application on its own merits.

We accept qualifications from around the world. If you have an appropriate professional award rather than a degree, we will consider this on an individual basis.

Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests.
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.


The programme fees below refer to the October 2021 and April 2022 session only and are effective from 1 January 2021.

Application fee 2021-2022
Application fee (non-refundable) 107

The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed.


Offer Validity

All offers for this programme are valid for the session in which you apply. If you do not complete registration for the given session then on request we will reissue your offer for the following three subsequent sessions. If you would like your offer reissued then you should contact us. After the subsequent third session the offer has expired, meaning if you would like to then complete registration you would need to submit a new application.

MA Global Diplomacy (Central and South America | Europe | North America | Russia and Eastern Europe 2021-2022
Full programme fee 12600
Pay per module 2021-2022
Module fee 3150
Other fees 2021-2022
Recognition of Prior Learning 113
Assessment resit fee 158

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If you pay the full programme fee at the point of registration, this covers your registration fee, all module fees, and offers a discount on the individual components of the qualification.

You can also spread out your payments. In the first instance, you pay for registration plus your first-year modules. In subsequent years, you pay for each new module you take.

More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs if you study at a Recognised Teaching Centre

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on Sales Tax.

Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees. (If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment.)

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.

Academic leadership

Academic leadership

The University of London is the awarding body for this programme, which draws upon the existing practice of the MA Global Diplomacy programme which has run jointly through the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy with SOAS University of London since April 2013.

Programme Director

Dr J. Simon Rofe is Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, at SOAS University of London: and the inaugural Programme Director for the MA Global Diplomacy. He has designed, developed and delivered under the aegis of the IR Model (Rofe, 2011) numerous online learning programmes at a variety of HEI, NGO and other organisations.

His research focuses on Diplomacy in its many guises: he has forwarded his understanding of Global Diplomacy through work on a variety of areas including Soft Power & Public Diplomacy, and Anglo-American relations and The US Embassy in London, Knowledge Diplomacy and most recently Sports Diplomacy.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. 

More on funding your study.

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