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, communication 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 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.

By agreement with UCL's Political Science Department / School of Public Policy students may also take optional modules there, and are invited to attend extra curricular seminars. 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 Data Science from this world-class university.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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. Occasional training sessions may be held on weekends. Because several trainers and speakers are working professionals in their fields we cannot rule out occasional changes to the course schedule but should such cases arise we endeavour to minimise any disruption. Assessment will take multiple forms including the production of critical essays with literature review and sustained, argued analysis, and of practitioner type materials and short written briefs.

      Course contact details

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