Structures and Courses

To complete the MA degree in Diplomacy and Global Governance at Vesalius College, students are required to earn 60 ECTS. Core contents of the programme are as follows:

Semester 1: Compulsory Courses (30 Credits) + 1 Skills Training

  • The Theory and Practice of International Relations and Geopolitics – 6 ECTS
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Global Governance – 6 ECTS
  • The Role of International and Regional Organisations (including UN, IMF, Word Bank, NATO the EU and other regional organisations) – 6 ECTS
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis – 6 ECTS
  • Research Methods – 6 ECTS
  • Networking and Professional Skills Training Workshops – Preparation for Capstone Course in Semester 2

Semester 2: 3-4 Electives from the Diplomacy and Global Governance track – (9 -12 ECTS)

  • Negotiating the Global Economy 1: Trade – 3 ECTS
  • Negotiating the Global Economy 2: International Finance – 3 ECTS
  • Transnational Network Diplomacy and Global Public Policy – 3 ECTS
  • Diplomacy, Global Development and Humanitarian Aid – 3 ECTS
  • The EU as a Global Diplomatic Actor – 3 ECTS
  • International Law for Diplomats (TBC)
  • The Politics and Diplomacy of the trans-Atlantic Relationship – 3 ECTS
  • Negotiating the International Environment: Agents, Actors, Issues – 3 ECTS
  • Public Diplomacy and Communication (Science and Culture in the age of social media) – 3 ECTS
  • Internship – 3 ECTS

AND/OR

Semester 2:  If desired, an optional Free Electives from Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies track (3 ECTS)

  • History of Global Conflicts and Global Security – 3 ECTS
  • Global and Emerging Powers – 3 ECTS
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Peace Enforcement – 3 ECTS
  • Conflict Prevention and Crisis Diplomacy – 3 ECTS
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism – 3 ECTS
  • Comparative Regional Security Studies – 3 ECTS
  • History and Theory of Strategy – 3 ECTS
  • Emerging Security Threats in Theory and Practice (incl. Cybersecurity, Energy Security, Environmental Security) – 3 ECTS

AND

  • MA Thesis – 12 ECTS
  • MA Capstone Practicum: Policy-Oriented Advising in Diplomacy – 6 ECTS