Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy


Blended learning

UN Partner

Offered by

International Anti-Corruption Academy

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Course details

18 months
25-32 contact hours per week
Online, Laxenburg Austria, Geneva Switzerland
17,900 EUR
Start date
7 November 2022
End date
6 May 2024
Registration deadline
30 June 2022

Course summary

The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy is a postgraduate academic degree programme delivered over 18 months, in a mixture of campus-based and live interaction classes, by UNITAR and the International Anti-Corruption Academy. It has a compact structure and covers anti-corruption and diplomacy.

About this course

The programme includes subjects and cross–cutting themes relating to economics,behavioural science, ethics, law, compliance, diplomacy, international law, digital and cyber diplomacy, as well as essential skills for an international career such as negotiations, leadership, effective writing, public speaking and stakeholder coordination and engagement.

Programme delivery is campus-based and virtual live interaction, with the first module taking place at the UNITAR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired.

The programme is completed with the successful submission and defense of a master’s thesis for which a supporting course in research methods is incorporated into the modules. The master’s thesis defense in this programme will take place online. Upon successful completion of the master’s thesis defence, the graduates will visit IACA’s campus, in Laxenburg, Austria, and attend their graduation ceremony, organized by IACA.

Scholarship deadline: 31 May 2022

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Target audience

The MACD programme is designed for those holding an undergraduate degree who intend to avail an opportunity to study under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy, in a participatory and unique international environment, and within a group of motivated and committed individuals in order to deepen their understanding of anti-corruption and diplomacy, and hence adding greater value to their respective careers, organizations, and societies.

Learning objectives

At the end of the Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD), students will be able to:

    • Understand international anti-corruption standards and their implementation and comprehend the nexus between diplomacy and anti-corruption
    • Contribute to the prevention of and the fight against corruption
    • Develop, strengthen and use research, drafting, and analytical skills
    • Understand the impact of new technologies and digitalization on diplomacy and anti-corruption
    • Interact with and develop a strong network of international professionals who can assist them both during and after their studies
    • Apply acquired diplomatic skills, knowledge and tools in their respective careers and fields of work

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