Online Master’s programme in International Affairs and Diplomacy


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Course details

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Full-time itinerary: 12 months; Part-time itinerary: 24 months
Full-time : 35-40 hours per week; Part-time: 20-25 hours per week
Master’s programme : $ 8,300; Participants can also opt for the Postgraduate Certificate in World Studies or Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Practice for $ 4,300
Start date
21 October 2020
End date
7 July 2021
Registration deadline
14 September 2020

Course summary

This Master’s programme is designed to suit the needs of students and professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international affairs, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy.

About this course

To receive the Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, issued by the UOC in partnership with UNITAR, students must succesfully complete the following courses equivalent to 60 ECTS in no more than two years (1 year for full-time and 2 years for part-time).

Working professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for the part-time programme due to the heavy workload (60 ECTS).

    •Introduction to the UN System
    •Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
    •International Diplomacy – Theory and Practice
    •Overcoming Negotiation Deadlocks
    •Public Diplomacy in a Multipolar World
    •Field visit (optional)
    • International Law and Institutions
    • International Relations System and Theories
    • International Political Economy
    • European Union in World Politics
    • Latin America in World Politics
    • Eastern Asia in World Politics
    • Africa in World Politics
    • Middle East in World Politics
    • Research Methods Course
    • Master Thesis
    • Internship (optional)

Students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of diplomacy. An optional field trip to Geneva, Switzerland (5 days) will be organized for those who wish to gain expertise as well as skills in the domain of multilateral diplomacy.

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Target audience

The Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy is aimed at diplomats as well as staff of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, the Master’s Degree and related qualifications are open to graduate students, young researchers and other academics interested in gaining a thorough understanding of diplomacy and international relations and acquiring soft skills to thrive in their careers.

The objective of the admission process is to select students with  great potential and who can make a significant contribution to the learning experience. We seek candidates who are dynamic, motivated, creative, and who have not only an excellent academic background and/or professional experience, but also have interpersonal skills enabling the participants to make the most out of this programme.

Learning objectives

At the end of the Master’s Programme, students should be able to:

  • Develop a critical understanding of key issues and concepts in world affairs
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive, substantive and practical knowledge of international relations and diplomacy
  • Develop analytical skills and critical thinking
  • Improve research and drafting skills
  • Perform in both bilateral and multilateral working environments with increased confidence.