Foundations of Diplomacy Pre-Master's Course
Pre-Master's Course in Diplomacy 2016-2017
Our Foundations of Diplomacy Course is an academically challenging full-time pre-Master's level course taught over six months and is open to applicants with no previous knowledge of the field of diplomacy/international relations. It aims to equip you with a thorough grounding in diplomatic theory and practice and offers a number of introductory courses in areas such as international relations, political economy, politics and ideology and international public law. It also seeks to introduce you to the expectations of graduate work in the UK by helping you practise and develop your critical thinking skills to enable you to find and evaluate reliable sources of evidence, develop a questioning approach to your reading and to evaluate differing viewpoints objectively.
You will benefit from weekly classes in academic literacy, as well as from a weekly individual academic writing tutorial. These aim to teach you how to use your reading in your writing to rapidly improve your study and writing skills. You will also receive detailed, ongoing personalised feedback on the development of your academic literacy skills.
This pre-Master's course also aims to equip you with valuable transferable skills which can be used beyond a university environment including enhanced communication, presentation and negotiation skills.
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In addition to the Academic and Practical Module (below), students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of 6.5 or 7.0 are required to take the English Language Module (below).
Students who are native speakers of English or who have a high degree of fluency in the language (IELTS 7.5 and above) are required to take the Academic and Practical Module, as well as the Personalised Academic Study Option (below) each term.
Academic and practical module
All students take all of the classes below over two terms.
- Diplomacy in Practice
- International Relations
- The Political Economy of European Integration
- The Challenges of European Politics in the 21st Century
- Politics and Ideology
- Foundations of Public International Law
- Diplomatic Simulations
- Skills for Public Diplomacy
English language module
The classes below are taught over two terms.
- Diplomatic & Professional Communication Skills
- Academic Reading Skills
- Academic Vocabulary and Collocation
- English Grammar
- Academic Literacy (academic writing and research skills)
- Critical Thinking Skills
Personalised academic study option
Students who have been exempted from the English Language Module must choose ONE academic course of study from a wide range of options in areas such as international relations, politics, philosophy, law and history from the University's varied undergraduate lecture programme. You will be required to submit an assignment of 2,500 words each term on your chosen option.
UK and international study visits
During your course you will visit the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and a number of diplomatic missions in London. At the end of your first term, you will participate in an international three-day field trip to Vienna where you will visit the United Nations, the OSCE and the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. You will also participate in a number of briefings by senior diplomats.
Costs of the UK and Vienna study visits are included in your course fees.
Course books and materials
All course books and study materials for both academic and English language modules are included in your course fees.
Term dates 2016-17
- Academic and Cultural Orientation Week (26 - 30 September)
- Michaelmas Term 2016 - (3 October - 16 December)
- Hilary Term 2017 (9 January - 24 March)
Who may apply and what are we looking for?
We welcome applications from native speakers of English, as well as from international students whose first language is not English.
If you are intending to apply for admission to a Master’s degree on successful completion of the course you should hold a good first degree in any subject.
We welcome applications from those with a strong interest in the fields of diplomacy, politics and international relations who may have no formal qualifications but who would like to follow an intellectually stimulating and engaging interdisciplinary course. Importantly, we are looking for a high level of commitment, as well as the capacity for intellectual growth and development. Admission will be based on information provided in the application form and at interview. We may also ask you for evidence of written work. If you have any questions concerning your suitability for admission and would like to discuss your interest in the course with us, please contact our programme administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01865 270451.
The Foundations of Diplomacy Course aims to help you develop your expertise in practical diplomacy, deepen your knowledge of European and international affairs and rapidly improve your academic writing skills.
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Successful students will receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Course Completion.
Academic Assessment Requirements
In Michaelmas term you will be required to prepare three assignments and in Hilary Term you will be required to prepare four assignments. These may take the form of an essay, a report or brief, or a presentation.
We are happy to provide students with advice on finding suitable accommodation in Oxford. However, students should be aware that it is ultimately their own responsibility to secure accommodation.
The per person course fees for the six-month programme are £14,300. Please note, however, that the fee does not include accommodation.
College fees (optional)
The possibility of applying for associate college membership is available to you and is £1,956. For further details, please contact the Programme Administrator, Daniel Fisk, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are, unfortunately, unable to offer any scholarships for the Foundations of Diplomacy Course 2016-17 at present.
How to apply
You should email us:
- your completed application form
- a personal statement of 500 words (max.)
- a copy of your university/college transcript(s)
- a copy of your IELTS (Academic) Test certificate (if applicable). You must have taken an IELTS Test before submitting your application.
In addition to the above, please post/courier us original copies of the following:
- Original University/College transcript(s)
- IELTS (Academic) Test Certificate (if applicable)
- Two passport-sized photos
The deadline for applications is 22 July 2016.
When we have received your completed application form and all related documentation, you will be contacted by the Course Administrator who will arrange a telephone interview with the Course Director.
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