Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme is designed by a senior diplomat and the teaching will draw on experts in public diplomacy, journalism and advocacy including former diplomats. It combines an innovative mix of theory and practice, inter-disciplinarity, diplomacy and communication, combining modules from different departments (Anthropology and Political Science) and engagement with both academics and practitioners.

Working with academics and practitioners you will learn key skills and knowledge involved in making effective public diplomacy and communication interventions. You will, for example, analyse international political and social currents to help determine options for public diplomacy and communication in a given situation, and learn to understand the usage of concepts such as hard and soft power, public diplomacy and StratComms and their differences, overlaps and challenges, as well as building practical skills in communication.

UCL Anthropology is one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK and offers an exceptional breadth of expertise. Our excellent results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework indicate that we are the leading broad-based Anthropology Department in the UK.

The programme is linked to and offers options from UCL's Political Science Department / School of Public Policy. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework shows this is one of the UK's leading centres for research in Political Science.

You will have access to a wide breadth of research across UCL drawing on disciplines including Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, Philosophy, Law and Computer Science from this world-class university.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


The MA will require extensive independent research and be taught in classes and seminars plus practical skills training. Assessment will take multiple forms including the production of critical essays with literature review and sustained, argued analysis, and of practitioner types materials and short written briefs.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214