MSc International Diplomacy and Digital State

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MSc International Diplomacy and the Digital State

Recent advances in the globalisation of communications technology – particularly the Internet, direct broadcast satellites and telecommunications have mutated the world in which traditional diplomacy was conceived and developed.

Social Media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have a tremendous impact. US President Donald Trump utilises Twitter on a daily basis to comment on national events in the US and international events in other parts of the world. Making the situation even more complex is the phenomena of “fake news” – where false reports are tweeted and retweeted globally to the extent that many find it difficult to distinguish what is factual from what is totally false.

While globalisation had provided an ethos and the context, it is the tragic events of 9/11, the subsequent fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the proliferation of violent non-state actors, as well as the proliferation of immigrants which together have prompted the vital need to identify a new form of diplomacy.

GCU London’s International Diplomacy Programmes are designed to address the growing global market needs in the areas of diplomacy, international business, international security and international communication. The development of appropriate understanding and acquisition of relevant skills in these areas have become essential for the effective management of international interaction at public and private levels alike.

Your career

Typically, graduates of this programme will be equipped with the advanced skills and expertise in order to pursue a career as a trained specialist in diplomacy, international and communication and other associated roles within international affairs, whether working for a national foreign ministry, an international organisation, an NGO, or any other body or organisation that works globally.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking a PhD programme.

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What will you study

  • Diplomacy, Practice, Procedures and Dynamics I
  • Diplomacy, Practice, Procedures and Dynamics II
  • Cross-Cultural Communication: Projection and Perception
  • Digital Nation State: Strategies and Implementation
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Research Project


Option modules
Two modules from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference :

  • Strategic Public Diplomacy
  • International Protocol and Etiquette
  • Media Concepts, Strategies and Diplomacy
  • Global Tolerance and Peace Studies

“The programme distinguishes itself by responding to the professional learning needs of governments, international and regional organisations, NGOs and multi-national corporations as well as graduates aspiring for an international career”

Professor Nabil Ayad (Programme Leader)

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have a UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at grade 2.2 or above.

However, each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If applicants do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, they may be eligible to enter this programme via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Students whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5).


Home/EU: £8400 | International: £12980

Home/EU: £8700 | International: £13500


We have a range of scholarship for this course. Please visit our scholarships page.

“I was attracted to GCU London by its reputation and research excellence. I found that the well-experienced professors guide and encourage students to think independently and critically”

Amy Zheng (MSc International Management and Business Development)

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