MSc International Security and Diplomacy

Resolving conflict through discussion, negotiation and partnerships.

MSc International Security and Diplomacy

Delivered with equal measure of art and science, the MSc International Security and Diplomacy is a non-violent approach to the management of international relations and global issues which seeks to resolve conflict through discussion, negotiation and partnership.

International relations is increasingly practised by a wide variety of actors, ranging from government officials to opinion-leaders from universities and the media to corporate and NGO representatives. In the compressed, accelerated, information-saturated precincts of the early 21st century, it is imperative to master the tools of public relations, advocacy, lobbying and strategic communications. The diplomats’ brief is unambiguous: to advance or defend their country’s political and economic place in the world by the most effective means. That is the purpose and the essence of diplomacy.

In the MSc International Security and Diplomacy programme, an overview will be presented of deterrence, operative security and alliances which will include discussion of nuclear weapons and proliferation. The challenges of conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as the complexities of peace, will also be a core focus of the course.

The aim of the MSc International Security and Diplomacy is to provide the necessary background information, develop skills and rehearse various potential scenarios so that graduates will be equipped to be representatives in the complex global situation today and beyond. The masters programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in international diplomacy and want to gain specialist knowledge of security, science, technology but also defence and civil-military. This programme is equally suitable for diplomats and other government officials to increase their awareness of concepts of international security and the emerging global terrorist threats.

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 security and communication and other associated roles within international security, whether working for a national foreign ministry, supranational organisations but also in NGO and private sector organisations that work 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
  • International Security
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Defence Diplomacy and Civil Military Relationship
  • Science Diplomacy and International Policy

“The MSc International Security and Diplomacy deals with the emerging trends in international security in a rapidly changing international environment and their impact on global peace and the dilemmas of reconciling universal values.”

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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