Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies

[For students starting before MT 2018:

  • 1. Candidates for admission will be expected to have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies not more than three terms before admission to the M.St.

  • 2. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over a period of not fewer than three terms and not more than six terms. The total period of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies and the M.St in Diplomatic Studies combined shall be not more than nine terms to be taken over a maximum of eighteen terms from the commencement of the Diploma.

  • 3. In addition to having previously satisfied the examiners in all four modules and in the dissertation specified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies, every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) participation in on-line dissertation supervisions;

    • (b) submission of a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words. The topic of the dissertation, which should be related to one or more of the subject areas of the four modules in the Postgraduate Diploma, and which should be distinct from, though may be complementary to, the topic of the dissertation examined for the Postgraduate Diploma, must be approved by the course director not later than 12 noon on the Friday of first week of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year in which the examination is taken. Two typewritten or word processed copies of the dissertation must be delivered to the Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford not later than 12 noon on Friday of sixth week of Trinity Full Term in the year in which the examination is taken.

  • 4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 6. A candidate whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiner may be permitted to resubmit on one further occasion only not later than one year after the initial failure.

  • 7. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the Degree of Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies, the Master of Studies will subsume his or her Diploma.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction over one year in the subject of diplomatic studies.
  • 2. Candidates will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • i. Four written papers, each of three hours’ duration, one on each of the topics below:

      • a) Diplomatic Practice

      • b) International Politics

      • c) International Trade and Finance

      • d) Public International Law

    • ii. A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic chosen by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the examiners. The dissertation must be delivered in hard copy and in electronic copy, format to be prescribed in the course handbook, to the Examiners c/o the Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford by no later than noon on the last Friday in September of the year in which the course is undertaken.

  • 3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Master of Studies.

  • 5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in each of the written papers or in the dissertation may be permitted to resit the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on one further occasion only not later than one year after the initial attempt. ]