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Doctor of Diplomacy (DDipl)

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.

Doctor of Diplomacy (DDipl)

Key facts

  • Award DDipl
  • Start date October or January
  • Duration DDipl full-time: 24 to 48 months, DDipl part-time: 24 to 72 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules

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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.

Top reasons to study with us

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.

In REF 2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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