University IACA
Degree type Master
Academic title M.A. Master of Arts
Location Switzerland
Methodology blended
Commitment Full time
Duration 18- months
Tuition fee €17,900.00
Deadline 22. August 2022
Language English

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The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) is a modular postgraduate academic degree programme delivered over 18 months, in a mixture of campus-based and online (live interaction), jointly by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Designed as an in-career programme, MACD has a compact structure and covers two disciplines, namely anti-corruption and diplomacy. The programme offers a series of interdisciplinary modules which concentrate on concepts and practical tools for preventing and countering corruption, and diplomacy.

The programme includes subjects and cross-cutting themes relating to economics, behavioural science, ethics, law, compliance, diplomacy, international law, digital and cyber diplomacy, as well as essential skills for an international career such as negotiations, leadership, effective writing, public speaking and stakeholder coordination & engagement. The programme utilizes lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work, and stakeholder discussions to identify best practices in anti-corruption and diplomacy. MACD modules are complemented by expert talks on anti-corruption and diplomacy topics. The programme is delivered both on-campus and through virtual live interaction, with one module taking place at the UNITAR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired. The programme is completed with the successful submission and defence of a master’s thesis for which a supporting course in research methods is incorporated into the modules. The master’s thesis defence in this programme will take place online. Upon successful completing of the master’s thesis defence, the graduates will visit IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria, and attend their graduation ceremony, organized by IACA.

The MACD programme is designed for those who intend to avail an opportunity to study under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy, in a participatory and unique international environment, and within a group of motivated and committed individuals in order to deepen their understanding of anti-corruption and diplomacy, and hence adding greater value to their respective careers, organizations and societies.

Course Syllabus

Module: Research & Writing (ongoing module)
a. Introduction to writing research papers
b. Effective writing in Diplomacy
c. Social Science Empirical Research
d. Writing a Research Proposal

Module: Skills for an International Career in Diplomacy (ongoing module)
a. Negotiation Skills & Techniques
b. Public Speaking Skills
c. Leadership Skills
d. Media Relations
e. Cosmopolitan Communication
f. Project Management
g. Stakeholder Coordination & Engagement
h. Assertiveness and Influencing Skills
i. Conflict Resolution & Difficult Conversations

Module 1: Introduction to Studies of Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy
Module 2: Politics, Sociology, Criminology, and Economics of Corruption
Module 3: Anti-Corruption Legal and Ethical Frameworks in Public and Private Sectors
Module 4: Corruption, Cybercrime, and Compliance
Module 5: Digital and Cyber Diplomacy
Module 6: Anti-Corruption Tools

Master Thesis Research, Writing Process, Defence, and Graduation

Admission Requirements

The Master’s in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy is designed as an in-career programme targeted to those holding an undergraduate degree with a background in International Relations, Diplomacy, International Law, Anti-Corruption, or any related field. The programme will equally benefit professionals with existing experience from these fields.

In order to be considered for the Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, candidates must be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national identity cards and have completed an undergraduate degree.

UNITAR and IACA offer a limited number of partial programme fee waivers for students from low-income countries, mid-income countries and IACA State Parties, listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. These highly competitive partial fee waivers are merit based and they partially cover the programme fee. For more information on application and fee waivers, please contact

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