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MSc International Security and Diplomacy

Glasgow Caledonian University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    GCU London

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Delivered with equal measure of art and science, the MSc International Security and Diplomacy is a non-violent approach to the management of international relations and global issues which seeks to resolve conflict through discussion, negotiation and partnership.

International relations increasingly practised by a wide variety of actors, ranging from government officials to opinion-leaders from universities and the media to corporate and NGO representatives. In the compressed, accelerated, information-saturated precincts of the early 21st century, it is imperative to master the tools of public relations, advocacy, lobbying and strategic communications. The diplomats' brief is unambiguous: to advance or defend their country's political and economic place in the world by the most effective means. That is the purpose and the essence of diplomacy. In the MSc International Security and Diplomacy programme, an overview will be presented of deterrence, operative security and alliances which will include discussion of nuclear weapons and proliferation. The challenges of conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as the complexities of peace, will also be a core focus of the course.

The aim of the MSc International Security and Diplomacy is to provide the necessary background information, develop skills and rehearse various potential scenarios so that they will be equipped to be representatives in the complex global situation today and beyond. The masters programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in international diplomacy and want to gain specialist knowledge of security – science, technology but also in defence and civil-military. This programme is equally suitable for diplomats and other government officials to increase their awareness of concepts of international security and the emerging global terrorist threats.

Glasgow Caledonian University London’s International Diplomacy Programmes are designed to address the growing global market needs in the areas of diplomacy, international business, international security and international communication. The development of appropriate understanding and acquisition of relevant skills in these areas have become essential for the effective management of international interaction at public and private levels alike.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500per year

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Glasgow Caledonian University

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    Glasgow Caledonian University, City Campus, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G4 0BA, Scotland

The Glasgow campus is in the heart of a city known for being welcoming and affordable – voted one of the top 10 best cities in the world (Time Out 2019).
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