Structures and Courses

90 ECTS (12 months full-time / 24 months part-time) or

120 ECTS Option (16 months full-time /  32 months part-time)

The 90 ECTS MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance runs across one intensive academic year (or two years, for part-time students) and is divided into three trimesters. Students can also choose an extended 120 ECTS credits option, consisting of additional electives (in either diplomacy and global governance or the adjacent field of global peace, security and strategic studies) or a Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM) concentration – both worth an additional 30 ECTS. The extended version (See below) requires 16 months full-time and 32 months part-time.

For students choosing the full-time 90 ECTS version, the modular structure is as follows:

Trimester 1: (September – December) – Core Foundations Semester

Compulsory Courses (33 Credits) + 1 Skills Training

Compulsory course module – Foundation Semester – 33 ECTS

  • The Theory and Practice of International Relations – 6 ECTS
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Global Governance – 6 ECTS
  • The Role of International and Regional Organisations – 6 ECTS
  • Foreign Policy Analysis – 6 ECTS
  • Research Methods I – 6 ECTS
  • Networking and Professional Skills Training Workshops – Preparation for Capstone Course in Trimester 2

Trimester 2: (January – May) – Electives(30 ECTS)

At least 3 Major Electives – Diplomacy and Global Governance (18 ECTS) and max. 2 from Global Peace, Security & Strategic Studies (GPSSS) (12 ECTS); Maximum 4 MADAGG electives and 1 at least from GPSSS

  • Global Economic Governance I: Trade – 6 ECTS
  • Global Economic Governance II: Financial Governance after the Crisis – 6 ECTS
  • Transnational Network Diplomacy and Global Public Policy – 6 ECTS
  • The Design, Successes and Failures of Global Governance – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy, Global Development and Humanitarian Aid – 6 ECTS
  • Social (In-)equality, Human Rights and Global Justice – 6 ECTS
  • The Global Governance of Migration – 6 ECTS
  • Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy – 6 ECTS
  • The EU as a Global Diplomatic Actor (including participation in Model EU simulation with the State University of New York) – 6 ECTS
  • International Law for Diplomats – 6 ECTS
  • Transatlantic Approaches to Global Peace, Security & Diplomacy (in cooperation with Georgetown University) – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy and the Challenge of Climate Change: Agents, Actors and Diplomatic Break-throughs – 6 ECTS
  • Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication in the era of social media – 6 ECTS
  • Honours Class: Global Problem-Solving and Social Entrepreneurship (in cooperation with the Global Economic Symposium) – part-time students and 120 ECTS option students only – 6 ECTS

1-2 Electives from the Global Peace and Strategy Track (6-12 ECTS)

  • History of Global Conflicts and Global Security – 6 ECTS
  • Global Perspectives on the History and Ideas of Peace – 6 ECTS
  • History and Theory of Strategy – 6 ECTS
  • Global Governance and Emerging Powers – 6 ECTS
  • Geopolitics – 6 ECTS
  • Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in Theory and Practice – 6 ECTS
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Peace Enforcement – 6 ECTS
  • Terrorism, Counterterrorism and (De-) Radicalisation- 6 ECTS
  • Comparative Regional Security Studies – 6 ECTS
  • Emerging Security Threats in Theory and Practice (incl. Cybersecurity, Energy Security, Environmental Security) – 6 ECTS
  • The Global Arms Trade – 6 ECTS
  • The Nexus between Science, Technology and Global Peace & Security – 6 ECTS

*Please note: Certain electives can also be taken in intensive 10-day format during  Trimester 3 (July)

 

Trimester 3 (May – August):* – 10 intensive weeks

Internship, Research Methods II, MA Thesis and Capstone-Practicum

Brussels Graduate Internship (6/12 ECTS extended summer version) to be chosen instead of a 5th Elective Course; Extended Internship Option only available for 120 ECTS students

 

  • Brussels Graduate Internship (regular or extended version) – 6/12 ECTS

AND FINAL Research and Policy Modules (Semester 2 and Summer Semester) (27 ECTS)

Research, Thesis and Capstone Modules – 27 ECTS

  • Research Methods Seminar II (incl. MA Thesis Seminar) – 3 ECTS
  • MA Thesis – 18 ECTS
  • MA Capstone Practicum: Policy-Oriented Advising  (regular or extended) – 6/12 ECTS

* Please note: The (extended) internship option and preparatory work for the Thesis and  Capstone run across Trimesters 2 and 3

In order to graduate in the 90 ECTS track, students need to pass all courses of the Core Foundations Trimester (33 ECTS), pass all courses in the Electives track (between 18 and 30 ECTS in Diplomacy & Global Governance, depending on number of electives chosen in MADAGG track; and maximum 2 electives from GPSSS), have successfully passed the Capstone, the research seminar and defended successfully the MA Thesis (27 ECTS). Overall, students need to have a grade point average of ‘C’ or above to graduate.

MADAGG – 120 ECTS Track

(16 Months full-time / 32 Months Part-time)

Students wishing to follow the 120 ECTS track need to take a further 30 ECTS worth of credits (including the possibility of extended internships, extended capstone and the Global Economic Symposium Honours Class) of electives. Students can also opt to take the Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM) concentration. This concentration consists of 10 weekend modules (each worth 3 ECTS) from September – June. Courses include:

Part I: Risk Analysis and Early Warning – 15 ECTS

  • Module 1: Understanding Risks, Grasping Uncertainty – 3 ECTS
  • Module 2: Analysing Risks, Preparing for Uncertainty – 3 ECTS
  • Module 3: Open Source Intelligence: Tools and Techniques – 3 ECTS
  • Module 4: A New Information Environment: Media, Conflict and Crisis Communication – 3 ECTS
  • Module 5: Global Crisis Monitoring, Conflict Analysis & Early Warning – 3 ECTS

PART II: Crisis Management and Crisis Response – 15 ECTS

  • Module 6: Understanding the Crisis Cycle and Complex Crises – 3 ECTS
  • Module 7: Understanding the Main Actors in Crisis Response – 3 ECTS
  • Module 8: Political, Humanitarian and Military Approaches:  Towards a Comprehensive Approach – 3 ECTS
  • Module 9: Preparing for the Field: Facing Reality on the Ground – 3 ECTS
  • Module 10: Core Debates, Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Future Challenges – 3 ECTS