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MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy

Enquiries about the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy should be addressed to the Graduate Student Administrator, admissions@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

The aim of the degree is to provide high-quality graduate training in debates about the institutions and processes of global governance and diplomacy. The course lasts nine months and normally admits around 25 students a year.

Video interviews with recent students of the course are available at the links below:

Video interviews with some of the staff teaching on the course are available at the links below:

Students are required to take one of two foundation courses, Global Governance and International Diplomacy, and a course in Research Methods for the Social Sciences. These courses take place over Michaelmas and Hilary terms.

In addition, students choose two eight-week options from a list of choices, such as:

  • Diplomacy and International Law
  • Religion in World Politics
  • Political Economy of Global Resources
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Political Economy of Sustainable Development
  • Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Political Economy of Institutions and Development
  • Diplomatic Management of International Crises
  • Security Issues in Fragile States

For further information, download the "Course and Option Outlines" PDF in the right-hand column.

As an alternative to one of their options, students may also choose a course from a selection of options available on other ODID master's programmes. In the past these have included:

  • The History and Politics of South Asia
  • Technology and Industrialisation in Developing Countries

Please note, available options change from year to year.

Students are examined in all of these courses and options, and are also required to conduct supervised research and prepare a 10,000–12,000 word dissertation to be delivered towards the end of Trinity Term.

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or to have achieved a first-class or strong upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a social science subject. For applicants with a degree assessed on the GPA system, the GPA we seek is 3.8 out of 4.0. Entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or its equivalent.

It is possible for students who have not specialized in a social science to read for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. Active diplomats are welcome to apply. They compete for admission on equal terms with students who read for the degree as preparation for a diplomatic career, or a career with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector firms, or as preparation for doctoral studies in the social sciences.

Please refer to the course page on the University website for full information on selection criteria, application deadlines and English language requirements. Also see our How to Apply page. It is essential for applicants to apply early and respect the deadlines.

The degree aims to prepare students for careers in diplomacy and/or regional and transnational institutions of governance such as international and nongovernmental organisations, and private sector firms interacting with these institutions. The degree also provides the basis for future doctoral studies.

For further information on the kinds of careers our students pursue, see the ODID Graduates page.

Introduction

The aim of the degree is to provide high-quality graduate training in debates about the institutions and processes of global governance and diplomacy. The course lasts nine months and normally admits around 25 students a year.

Video interviews with recent students of the course are available at the links below:

Video interviews with some of the staff teaching on the course are available at the links below:

Structure

Students are required to take one of two foundation courses, Global Governance and International Diplomacy, and a course in Research Methods for the Social Sciences. These courses take place over Michaelmas and Hilary terms.

In addition, students choose two eight-week options from a list of choices, such as:

  • Diplomacy and International Law
  • Religion in World Politics
  • Political Economy of Global Resources
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Political Economy of Sustainable Development
  • Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Political Economy of Institutions and Development
  • Diplomatic Management of International Crises
  • Security Issues in Fragile States

For further information, download the "Course and Option Outlines" PDF in the right-hand column.

As an alternative to one of their options, students may also choose a course from a selection of options available on other ODID master's programmes. In the past these have included:

  • The History and Politics of South Asia
  • Technology and Industrialisation in Developing Countries

Please note, available options change from year to year.

Students are examined in all of these courses and options, and are also required to conduct supervised research and prepare a 10,000–12,000 word dissertation to be delivered towards the end of Trinity Term.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or to have achieved a first-class or strong upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a social science subject. For applicants with a degree assessed on the GPA system, the GPA we seek is 3.8 out of 4.0. Entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or its equivalent.

It is possible for students who have not specialized in a social science to read for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. Active diplomats are welcome to apply. They compete for admission on equal terms with students who read for the degree as preparation for a diplomatic career, or a career with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector firms, or as preparation for doctoral studies in the social sciences.

Please refer to the course page on the University website for full information on selection criteria, application deadlines and English language requirements. Also see our How to Apply page. It is essential for applicants to apply early and respect the deadlines.

Careers

The degree aims to prepare students for careers in diplomacy and/or regional and transnational institutions of governance such as international and nongovernmental organisations, and private sector firms interacting with these institutions. The degree also provides the basis for future doctoral studies.

For further information on the kinds of careers our students pursue, see the ODID Graduates page.

The Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series brings reputable diplomatic practitioners and academic scholars for a two-hour conversation with students and fellows of the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. It is designed to allow GGD students and fellows to interact with experienced professionals and to discuss new perspectives on current diplomatic events and global governance challenges.

In order to facilitate an open and constructive conversation, our public speaker series talks follow the Chatham House Rule (participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed). Lectures last about 45-60 minutes (followed by 30-45 minutes of Q&A) and are followed by a small reception. Seminars are usually attended by 25-30 people.

The series is convened by Dr Corneliu Bjola.

For information on past and forthcoming events, click on the link below:

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Photo: S Tang, MPhil 2007-09

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Teaching Awards

Corneliu Bjola won an OxTALENT Award in 2014 for his use of social media to enhance teaching on the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy.

John Gledhill, who teaches on the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, won an Oxford University Teaching Award in 2013. The awards recognise excellence in teaching and learning.

 

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