Global Diplomacy (Regional Pathways)


The global diplomacy (regional pathways) programmes provide wide-ranging intellectual and practical skills direct application to analysing and designing solutions to many of today’s global diplomatic problems. Each pathway specialises in a specific region, enabling greater understanding of that area's unique characteristics, history and future.

Regional pathways are available for the following areas:

  • Europe
  • North America

By studying an MA Global Diplomacy you will gain: 

  • The ability to demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature and development of global and/or 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 students 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, students are made aware of the importance of relevant topics to a sophisticated understanding of global events and political developments.
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.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

There are two regional pathways for the MA Global Diplomacy; Europe and North America. There two pathways to follow; and a student’s choice allows them to compliment their Global Diplomacy studies with a regional speciality. 

For both pathways you will need to complete; 2 core modules, 2 elective modules and a dissertation.

Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificates (PGCert) are awarded as Exit Qualifications only.

Download the Programme specification

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Key dates

October 2021 intake
Applications open 28 June 2021
Application deadline 11 October 2021
Registration deadline 18 October 2021
Programme starts 25 October 2021

How you study

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

A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Candidates with a lower class degree, or with no degree, but with degree-relevant professional experience may be considered.

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.

Academic year 2022
Application fee (non-refundable) 107
Pay upfront
Full course fee 12600
Pay as you go 
Module fee 3150
Other fees
Recognition of prior learning  113
Assessment resit fee 158

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If you pay the total 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

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.

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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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