Master of Science by Coursework in Global Governance and Diplomacy

  • 1. Each candidate will be required to follow a course of instruction in Global Governance and Diplomacy for three terms, and will, when they enter their names for the examination, be required to produce a certificate from their supervisors to this effect. Candidates must offer:

    • (i) [For students starting before MT 2018: One of two] [For students starting from MT 2018: A] foundation [For students starting before MT 2018: papers] [For students starting from MT 2018: paper in Global Governance and Diplomacy.][For students starting before MT 2018: from the following list as detailed in the Schedule:

      • (a) Global Governance

      • (b) International Diplomacy]

    • (ii) A mandatory paper in Research Methods [For students starting before MT 2018: as detailed in the Schedule].

    • (iii) Two option papers to be selected from a list published annually by the Course Director by Monday of Week Nought of Michaelmas Full Term.

    • (iv) One 10,000-12,000 word dissertation: the topic of the dissertation must be submitted to the Course Director for approval not later than 12 noon on Friday of seventh week of Michaelmas Term in the year in which the examination is taken. The dissertation must be submitted not later than 12 noon on Thursday of sixth week of Trinity Full Term in the year in which the examination is taken. Two typewritten or word processed copies of the dissertation must be delivered to the Examination Schools, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford at the time and date specified.

  • 2. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion within six terms of his or her initial registration. Such a candidate will be permitted to resubmit the same dissertation provided that this reached a satisfactory standard, while a candidate who has reached a satisfactory standard on one or more examination papers will not be required to retake that part of the examination.

  • 3. Candidates may be required to attend an oral examination on any part of the examination.

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.]


  • [For students starting before MT 2018: (a) Global Governance] [For students starting from MT 2018: i. Global Governance and Diplomacy:]

    • [For students starting from MT 2018: a. the sources, mechanisms, processes and practices of global governance at the subnational, national, international, and transnational levels: at the subnational, national, and transnational levels, the focus is on globalisation; at the international, transnational and supranational levels, the focus is on regional integration; at the level of inter-state governance, the focus is on international organisations, international regimes, and multilateralism.]

    • [For students starting from MT 2018: b. substantive knowledge and theoretical background concerning institutions and processes of international diplomacy, including key themes of diplomatic thought, paradigms of international negotiation, ethical boundaries of diplomatic engagement, and transformative implications of digital technologies.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: (b) International Diplomacy: substantive knowledge and theoretical background concerning the institutions and processes of international diplomacy. The course reviews important themes of diplomatic thought and discusses their relevance for the current practice of diplomacy; examines the legal, organisational, communicational and cognitive underpinnings of diplomatic practice; studies processes and mechanisms of international negotiation, mediation, and public diplomacy; and focuses on how diplomacy is conducted in international and regional bodies;]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: ii] [For students starting before MT 2018: (c)]Research Methods: common research methods in the social sciences including but not limited to the topics of concept formation, causal analysis, single and comparative case study methods, case selection, qualitative interviewing, historical and ethnographic methods, genealogy, and statistical approaches and instruments.