Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy


Blended learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Course details

18 months, or 78 weeks; 59 weeks of modules, 19 weeks of Master Thesis research
25-32 hours/week on average
EUR 17,900
Start date
1 November 2021
End date
26 March 2023

Course summary

In today’s increasingly complex world, the nexus between Diplomacy and Anti-Corruption efforts is now more important than ever. In this regard, the UNITAR and IACA launch the one-of-a-kind Master’s in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, a modular postgraduate academic degree conducted over 18 months.

About this course

The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) is a modular postgraduate academic degree programme delivered over 18 months, in a mixture of campus-based and online (live interaction), jointly by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Designed as an in-career programme, MACD has a compact structure and covers two disciplines, namely, anti-corruption and diplomacy. The programme offers a series of interdisciplinary modules which concentrate on concepts and practical tools for preventing and countering corruption, and diplomacy.

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 & engagement. The programme utilizes lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work, and stakeholder discussions to identify best practices in anti-corruption and diplomacy. MACD modules are complemented by expert talks on anti-corruption and diplomacy topics. 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 defence of a master’s thesis for which a supporting course in research methods is incorporated into the modules. The master’s thesis defence in this programme will take place online. Upon successful completin of the master’s thesis defence, the graduates will visit IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria, and attend their graduation ceremony, organized by IACA.

The MACD programme is designed for those 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.

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Target audience

The Master’s in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy is designed as an in-career programme targeted to those holding an undergraduate degree with a background in International Relations, Diplomacy, International Law, Anti-Corruption, or any related field. The programme will equally benefit professionals with existing experience from these fields.

Learning objectives

At the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Better understand and 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;
  • Interact with and develop a strong network of international professionals who can assist them both during and after their studies;
  • Apply acquired skills, knowledge and tools in their respective careers and fields of work.

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