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13000 EUR/year
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This unique one-year Master in Diplomacy and Global Governance at the Brussels School of Governance  provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance.

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The English-taught MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. Both diplomacy and global governance are important institutions of the international order; but they are also the institutions undergoing permanent processes of change in the modern and at times turbulent world. 

With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, US and Asia, the programme offers students a truly global exchange between theory and practice. By bringing together key practitioners with scholars from these fields, graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract insights and advantages of the various perspectives and approaches at this turning point in the history of diplomacy and global governance. 

Key features 

  • Organised in cooperation with the Royal Military Academy 
  • Strong link between theory and actual practice 
  • Limited class size ensures high interaction and close contacts among students and with the professors 
  • Internship placement in international organisations, think tanks and NGOs 
  • Intensive skills training and policy workshops, e.g. during a Capstone course that exposes students to real-life issues and challenges of policymakers and practitioners; during several simulations students participate in (SUNY model EU, Model NATO, Model UN MEDMUN) 
  • Strong link to policy-maker scene in Brussels 
  • Accredited by the Flemish educational authorities (NVAO) 
  • Supported by the extensive expertise of our Office for Teaching, Learning and Innovation to accommodate sophisticated blended teaching methods 

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This Master in Diplomacy and Global Governance is organised by Vesalius College. 

Joins us on campus or online for our Open Day on 23 October and get first-hand information about our unique approach to education, as well as our programmes portfolio. Register here: https://brussels-school.be/OpenDay 


Vesalius College is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium as an institution of higher education, and its bachelor’s and master’s degrees have been granted accredited status by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie).

Programme Structure

The 90 ECTS MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies runs across one intensive academic year and is divided into three trimesters. Hence, it will take a full-time student a total study time of 12 months. Students taking the 120 ECTS option will have a to complete a fourth semester and will therefore have a total study time of 16 months. 

  • Trimester 1: Core Foundations (Compulsory Courses): students take five compulsory courses 
  • Trimester 2: Specialisation Tracks (Elective Courses): students take four compulsory courses and one elective 
  • Trimester 3: MA Thesis, Capstone Case Study and one elective 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines



Option of an extended 120 ECTS version


  • Fully structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3.2 (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

Students must have obtained a degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business or Law qualifying for graduate studies in the country of origin. If  your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Fees for extended option including GRACM (120 ECTS):

  • All students: €17.000 

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The School will award Academic Excellence Scholarships to students who have outstanding academic records in their undergraduate degree and whose extra-curricular achievements show evidence of leadership in today’s global society. Other factors include one letter of recommendation from and, in certain cases, standardised test scores.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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