The DDipl degree is one of the highlights of our doctoral studies programme. It’s unique because it’s specially designed for working professionals, and is taught at a range of venues – often with direct input from senior practitioners.
This course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise.
A unique feature of the face-to-face and practical aspect of the course is weekend seminars, which maximise your opportunities for discussion of key issues and flexible delivery. The suite of modules includes diplomatic simulations and negotiation exercises, which can also be taken à la carte.
The DDipl consists of two parts. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree in three to four years. The taught part of the course will last for two academic years if you’re a full-time student. In your final year (with the option of applying for a one-year extension), PhD candidates will complete a thesis within about one year. This thesis will enable you to reflect on pertinent issues of diplomacy in light of the theory and conceptual knowledge you have gained over the course of your degree – as well as through your independent research.
Most working professionals are likely to choose part-time study for this degree. If you choose the part-time degree pathway, the completion of the DDipl will take proportionately longer.
If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.
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A minimum of a second-class Honours degree or equivalent (2.1 degree or equivalent preferred) in a relevant subject with a minimum of six years professional experience in a relevant context, and/or a Masters qualification in a relevant subject with a minimum of three years professional experience in a relevant context (merit degree or equivalent preferred).
Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work and life experience are encouraged to apply
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.
Common to all professional doctorates is the completion of an original piece of research. Doctor of Diplomacy students will produce a thesis of 40,000-60,000 words (maximum).
Your thesis will be expected to make an original contribution to knowledge and will be judged by the convincing evidence it offers of competent and independent scholarship and research, wide and critical reading, and an ability to relate academic knowledge to professional interests. You must submit the thesis for examination within the maximum period of study and shall undergo an oral examination on the thesis and related topics. You may submit a revised thesis only once for examination.
The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.
Modules will be delivered in weekend seminars. These require a significant amount of independent preparation and study.
The modules are assessed through both an essay on selected case studies, as well as brief policy papers or blogs that apply concepts and theories to real-life scenarios.
Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)
|2018/19 Home/European Union||2018/19 Overseas||Notes|
|£5,810||£5,810||Module fee (6 undertaken)|
|2019/20 Home/European Union||2019/20 Overseas||Notes|
|£5,900||£5,900||Module fee (6 undertaken)|
Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.
If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.
If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.
English students apply for a loan of up to £10,000 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £10,280 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.
There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.
If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.
EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .
We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay
Successful completion of the course leads to careers in: