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|Master in Contemporary Diplomacy
DiploFoundation in cooperation with the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta
|Address||DiploFoundation, (attn. Tanja Nikolic), Anutruf, Ground Floor, Hriereb Street, Msida, MSD 1675, Malta|
|Tel. No.||+356 21 333 323|
|Fax No.||+356 21 315 574|
|Course||Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy (with option for Internet Governance specialisation)|
|Type of course||Part-time flexible blended learning|
|Length of course||The programme consists of a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online study.|
|Date of commencement||1 February 2017|
|Application deadline||1 October 2016 (international applicants); 15 November 2016 (Maltese applicants)|
|Class size||Maximum 25|
|Student accommodation||Student accommodation during the introductory workshop in Malta is at a four star hotel; the rest of the programme is online.|
|Cost/fees||The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is €7930. After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants who choose to write the Master's dissertation pay an additional fee of €2470.|
|Student grants / Financial assistance||DiploFoundation offers a limited number of partial scholarships for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy fee, to assist diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries. Financial assistance is not available to cover the additional fees for the Master's dissertation.|
|Major recruiters of graduates of this course||Ministries of foreign affairs, international organisations|
|Admission requirements||Applicants for the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy must meet University of Malta prerequisites for postgraduate study:
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
• Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements: Paper-based TOEFL - 600; Internet-based TOEFL – 95 (with a writing score of at least 24); IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element); Cambridge: Advanced Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.
|Student profile||The majority of students who attend this programme are from overseas, due to the online delivery mode. The ration of men to women is approximately 50/50, and participants range in age from 22 – 60 years.|
Educational Programmes Director, DiploFoundation
Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy Coordinator
|Contact for application||Tanja Nikolic
Course Admissions Coordinator
(with option for Internet Governance specialisation)
The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy guides working diplomats and international relations professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges.
Established in 2002 by the governments of Malta and Switzerland, DiploFoundation (Diplo) is a non-profit institution which works in cooperation with the University of Malta to offer accredited online courses in diplomacy and global policy topics. Diplo has run a Postgraduate Diploma course in diplomacy with the University of Malta since 1999 (working as part of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies up until 2002). In 2006 the course evolved into the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy.
Diplo’s faculty includes over 50 diplomats, academics and other experts, who bring a wide range of experience and perspectives from all over the world. To date, almost 3000 participants from most of the countries of the world have attended Diplo online courses. Diplo also has an active online community of alumni, faculty and partners, who interact on the Internet Governance and Climate Change social networks, as well as on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
The University of Malta
The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few years, the University has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. The supreme governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate.
There are some 11,000 students including over 600 international students from 80 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. The University regularly hosts a large number of Erasmus and other exchange students. A basic Foundation Studies Course enables international high school students who have completed their secondary or high school education overseas but who do not have the necessary entry requirements, to qualify for admission to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Malta.
The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. Well over 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals, with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general.
Department of International Relations
The Department of International Relations at the University of Malta was founded in 2001, after having run as a programme for a number of years. It hosts students from over 15 countries, and has a large number of Erasmus agreements which facilitate student exchange with other universities Europe-wide.
Programmes offered by the Department of International Relations include the B.A. Honours track, B.A. General track, M.A. preparatory programme, M.A. and Ph.D by research, and M.A. in Humanitarian Action. It also offers short courses for professionals wishing to upgrade their skills and a course targeting foreign diplomatic staff wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Maltese political system. The Department also hosts a number of lectures every year by visiting international experts in the field, who contribute to the Department's public lecture series.
The course prepares students to enter the increasingly gloablised labour market and take up jobs in: the diplomatic service, government ministries, EU institutions, local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, international institutions, media organisations, the army, large corporations, think tanks and research centres.
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