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Diplomatic Studies, M.St.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #1 (WUR) ,
The Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme, also known as the Foreign Service Programme, is a course of postgraduate study, specifically designed for foreign policy practitioners.

About

The Diplomatic Studies Programme 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 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 and its alumni occupy a large number of senior posts in the diplomatic field. 

The DSP is specifically designed for early- to mid-career diplomats. The majority of its members are established diplomats proposed for the course by their governments, who return to their diplomatic careers after the course is over. A few non-diplomats with relevant academic background and professional experience are included. Geographical representation on the course is extremely broad and you will have the opportunity to benefit significantly from exchange of experience between each other and with alumni.

Programme Structure

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Diplomatic Studies comprises four taught courses, assessed by four year-end examinations, plus the completion of a substantial research project. 

Together with the PGDip students, you will undertake an intensive course on aspects of current diplomatic practice, and courses on international politics, public international law and international trade and finance. As well as key issues of the day, the DSP places emphasis on national and regional issues relevant to countries and regions from which the participants come.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    110

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  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    191

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any subject.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    23950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    23950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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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.

Funding

Diplomatic Studies Programme students from participating countries are eligible for the Chevening scholarship and the Commonwealth scholarship.

All those who apply for the course before the January deadline are automatically put forward for University and College scholarships. 

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