The MSt in Diplomatic Studies is a progression course and available only if you have already completed the PGDip in Diplomatic Studies.
You have the opportunity to transfer from the PGCert in Diplomatic Studies to the PGDip at the end of your first term in Oxford. If you successfully complete the PGDip then you may progress to the MSt, a distance learning course, during a second academic year.
The MSt consists of an academic year of research, undertaken on a part-time basis, and the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation under distance supervision. The dissertation will be on a topic relevant to one or more of the subjects covered in the PGDip course year.
The working language of the course is English.
FSP members accepted for the Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies have the opportunity to undertake further supervised research into an aspect of diplomacy on a part-time, distance-learning basis. They have remote access to Oxford University’s electronic research and library facilities, and benefit from online discussions, seminars and presentations from an Academic Adviser.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies successfully may apply to undertake the Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies in either of the two following academic years
Applications are considered by an Admissions Committee comprised of the Programme Director and at least two other people, including a person who is the holder of a tenured teaching position in the University. The Admissions Committee will interview shortlisted candidates.
For admission to the Master of Studies, a student must normally achieve an average mark of 60 or above in the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies including 60 or above in the dissertation. Offers made before completion of the PG Diploma will normally be conditional on achieving this mark.
In addition, the Admissions Committee will assess applications by reference to the following criteria: