Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 1. Students for the Diploma may hold that status for no more than six terms.

  • 2. Candidates are only eligible to be admitted to the Diploma in Diplomatic Studies if they have achieved a satisfactory standard in the first term of study for the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Admission to the Diploma will take place at the end of the first term in the year of study, on the basis of a transfer proposal and the first term’s assessed written work, as approved by the Admissions Committee for the programme.

  • 3. Each student will follow a course of study comprising four core courses. The four core courses are:

    • International Politics . Key concepts in international relations leading to central issues in world politics, with particular emphasis on change in the international system and the evolving role of diplomacy in consequence.

    • Economics . Basics of international trade theory and macroeconomics, focusing on such applied and political economy topics as trade liberalisation, globalisation, and international resource transfers.

    • International Law. Principles of international law and the processes of legal reasoning, and their application to current world problems ranging from the nature of international law to the use of force and conflict settlement.

    • Diplomatic Practice . Overview of different regions of the world, major international organisations, and current world problems as they affect diplomats. Review of practical aspects of diplomacy and their application to discussion of practical action by means of which governments can address these problems.

    • In addition, candidates will be required to submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words.

  • 4. Examinations. Candidates will be required to take papers in International Politics, International Law, Economics, and Diplomatic Practice.

  • 5. Syllabus

    • I. Four core modules: International Politics, Economics, International Law, and Diplomatic Practice.

    • II. Each candidate will be required to present a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words, on a subject approved by the examiners, to the examiners c/o the Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, by 12 noon on Friday of sixth week of Trinity Term in the year in which he or she completes the course. All material submitted for the dissertation shall be accompanied by a certificate signed by the candidate indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

  • 6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Diploma. To be awarded a distinction, a candidate must obtain either an average of 70 overall in the five programme elements; or a mark of 70 or above in three of the five programme elements, of which one shall normally be the dissertation.

  • 7. A candidate for the Diploma who fails to meet the standard required for award of the Diploma, but who has met the examination standards and requirements stipulated in the regulations governing the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, may be offered the option of resitting the examination for the Diploma, or (having satisfied the examination standards and requirements of that qualification) of being awarded the Certificate.

  • 8. A candidate whose overall average mark falls below 50 shall be eligible to resit the failed elements on one occasion during the following academic year. Compensation in one paper is allowed.

  • 9. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examinations in all four of the core elements of the Certificate course, or who fail to submit a dissertation of the necessary standard will be eligible to resit on one occasion.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction over three terms in the subject of diplomatic studies.

  • 2. Candidates will be required to keep statutory residence for three terms and to satisfy the examiners in 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

  • 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 Diploma.

  • 5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in each of the written papers 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. ]