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We offer several modes of study, depending on the needs of the applicant. Online courses can be taken:



Certificate Courses

Certificate courses offer a practical opportunity for working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 7-10 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate-level certificate from DiploFoundation. Online certificate courses do not lead to university credit.

 

Course Structure and Methodology

Courses are delivered through an online classroom, where the participant finds all of the required texts and materials for the course and tools for interacting online with the lecturer and other participants. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, with a high level of interaction with lecturers and among participants.

Each course consists of eight units, each of which takes a week to complete. Following a weekly cycle, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to the entries, creating interaction based on the text. During the week participants complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forum, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments) and consult optional resources. At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. To complete the course successfully, participants must write several essay assignments.

 

Prerequisites

Applicants for certificate courses must have: 

  • an undergraduate university degree; OR three years work experience and appropriate professional qualifications in diplomacy or international relations; 
  • sufficient ability in English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments of up to 2500 words in length); 
  • unrestricted access to the Internet using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers (please contact us for more details if you are in doubt about your level of access).

 

Fees

The fee for a certificate course is 600 Euros per student per course. Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • full tuition;
  • course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings);
  • access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom;
  • personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants; 
  • online technical support;
  • postgraduate level certificate issued by DiploFoundation on successful completion of course requirements (interaction and participation, all assignments).

Discounts are available for more than one participant from the same institution. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries.

To apply for a scholarship please upload your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include:

  • details of your relevant professional and educational background;
  • reasons for your interest in the course;
  • why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to “Finding Scholarships for Online Study” may provide you with some useful starting points.

 

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University of Malta Accredited Courses

Diplo’s online courses can be taken for academic credit from the University of Malta.

  • Each online course is worth 9 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Up to 2 online courses can be taken for credit during a period of 2 years.
  • Credits can be applied towards the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy up to 2 years after completing the courses.
  • Following successful completion, participants may order an official transcript from the University of Malta as proof of credits obtained.

Online courses offer a practical opportunity for working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 7-10 hours per week. 

 

What are the credits good for?

Accredited courses allow you more flexible options for completing Diplo’s Master/Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Contemporary Diplomacy. The PGD consists of the introductory workshop in Malta plus 5 online courses. So, for example…

  • Two year scenario: you take 1 or 2 online courses in year 1, then apply for the PGD and complete the workshop and remaining courses in year 2.
  • Three year scenario: you take 1 online course in year 1, another course in year 2, and then apply for the PGD and complete the workshop and remaining courses in year 3.

Fees paid for accredited courses will be deducted from PGD tuition. Following successful completion of the PGD requirements, you may choose to write your Master's dissertation to obtain the Master's degree.

Credits may also be transferred to another university, subject to the regulations of that university.

 

Course Structure and Methodology

Each course consists of eight units, each of which takes a week to complete. Following a weekly cycle, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to the entries, creating interaction based on the text. During the week participants complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forum, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments) and consult optional resources. At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. To complete the course successfully, participants must write several essay assignments.

Courses are delivered through an online classroom, where the participant finds all of the required texts and materials for the course, and tools for interacting online with the lecturer and other participants. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, with a high level of interaction with lecturers and among participants.

 

Prerequisites

Applicants for accredited courses must have: 

  • a Bachelor degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours OR appropriate professional qualifications plus sufficient related professional experience deemed acceptable by the Board of Studies; 
  • Proof of English language proficiency (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; computer-based – 280; internet-based – 114-115. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency 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;
  • unrestricted access to the Internet using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers (please contact us for more details if you are in doubt about your level of access).

 

Fees

The fee for accredited courses is 790 euros per student per course. Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • application fee of 100 euros; 
  • full tuition;
  • course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings);
  • access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom;
  • access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection;
  • personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants;
  • online technical support.

A non-refundable application fee of 100 euros must be submitted with the application package. On acceptance into the course, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from the course fee. 

Discounts are available for more than one participant from the same institution. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries.

To apply for a scholarship please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application package. The motivation letter should include:

  • details of your relevant professional and educational background;
  • reasons for your interest in the course;
  • why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to “Finding Scholarships for Online Study” may provide you with some useful starting points.

 

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Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

The Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy offers working diplomats and international relations professionals an opportunity for accredited postgraduate level education. The programme includes an 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of  online study.

The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the building blocks of diplomacy (Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy and more). 


Flexible: You design your study programme, deciding on the Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, and selecting from our wide range of courses. You decide when and where to study, and even when to begin.

Practical and affordable: Programme fees cover participation and accommodation for the 10-day workshop in Malta and the entire online course tuition. Even better, with online study you can continue to work and earn an income. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet!

Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and are kept relevant through discussion of current events and trends. Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.

Personalised: During the residential workshop you meet your classmates and lecturers, extending your professional network. The personalised approach continues during the online courses, with small group sizes. The emphasis is on learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers.

Effective: The programme is highly rated by former participants, who have seen immediate and lasting benefits ranging from personal development to career advances.

 

The Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, making it recognised worldwide.

 

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