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Key information
University UOC / UNITAR
Country Online
Learning mode Online
Pace Full-time, Part-time
Duration 12 to 24 months
Tuition fee EUR 8300
Application deadline(s) 25. February 2022, 30 September 2022
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In an increasingly interconnected, globalized and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand for training and capacity development in the field of international affairs and diplomacy is constantly rising.

This Master’s programme is designed to suit the needs of students and professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international affairs, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy. This Master’s Degree will allow diplomats, government officials, students and other stakeholders to upgrade their studies and knowledge combining the best of university education and UN executive training.

Target Audience

The programme is designed for graduate students, diplomats, government officers, NGO representatives, international civil servants or private sector specialists willing to strengthen their knowledge in development studies, sustainability, international affairs management and diplomacy.

Unique Benefits

Conducted fully online, this programme enables diplomats, government officials, students, and other important stakeholders to improve their applicable knowledge of international governance with a formally recognized degree combining the best of university education and UN executive training.

This programme is specifically designed to fit the specific needs and requirements of different students. Students may choose to apply between the three following qualifications, and can opt to join either the full-time or part-time cohort:

  • Online Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in World Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Practice.

Students may additionally choose to take part in a Summer Field Visit to Geneva, at the heart of multilateral decision-making. Participants will have the opportunity to meet UN staff, visit the Palais des Nations and other international organizations headquarters, and take part in capacity-building workshops provided by senior experts and former diplomats.


Graduates of the Master’s will be able to:

  • Gain critical understanding of key issues and concepts in world affairs and international relations.
  • Apply practical knowledge they could leverage in their professional project.
  • Sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Perform in bilateral and multilateral working environment with a high degree of confidence.
  • Expand their career opportunities by joining a broad group of alumni across the world.


  • Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals;
  • Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience are at the core of the programme;
  • Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices;
  • Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment;
  • Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions;
  • Multi-disciplinary approach.


Full-time students: 2 semesters.
Part-time students: 4 semesters.

  • Spring 2022:
    • Application deadline: 25 February 2022
      Starting date: 16 March 2022
  • Fall 2022:
    • Application deadline: 30 September 2022
    • Starting date: 19 October 2022


United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Email: mdp-learning@unitar.org
Phone: +41(0)22 917 87 16

Apply here