Postgraduate Diploma Blended

Diplomatic Studies

University of Oxford

9 months
25430 GBP/year
25430 GBP/year
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The University of Oxford Diplomatic Studies Programme (DSP), formerly known as the Foreign Service Programme (FSP), is a full-time programme of mixed academic and vocational study of diplomacy and related subjects.


About this course

The Diplomatic Studies Programme at The University of Oxford aims to equip each of its members with the knowledge and skills required for diplomacy in today and tomorrow’s world, and the confidence on which to base a successful diplomatic career within a foreign ministry, international organisation or elsewhere. The programme draws upon a tradition of more than half a century of academic excellence in preparing its alumni to occupy a large number of senior posts in the diplomatic and other political fields.

The DSP is a programme designed primarily for professionals. It is best suited for early- to mid-career diplomats, and a large proportion of its members are established diplomats, who return to their diplomatic careers after the course. Some are nominated by their Foreign Ministries to attend. Non-diplomats with relevant academic background and professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Members come from an extremely broad range of countries, and one of the attributes of the course is the extensive opportunities it offers to share and learn from peers’ experiences and perspectives.

Programme Structure


  • Diplomatic Practice
  • International Politics
  • Public International Law
  • International Trade
  • Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • Applicants are normally expected to have relevant professional experience, and this experience may be an alternative to the requirement for a strong upper second-class degree with honours. If you have experience of diplomacy or a related field, you are encouraged to apply if your marks are equivalent to at least an upper second-class degree or GPA of 3.0

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25430 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    25430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25430 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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