Postgraduate Diplomacy and International Affairs Program

The USP’s Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs in the School of Law and Social Science offers three postgraduate programmes in Diplomacy and International Affairs – a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters programme. These programmes are intended for practicing as well as aspiring foreign affairs officers and diplomats, government officials whose duties extend to the international or regional arena, and locally-engaged staff working in regional institutions, United Nations agencies and foreign embassies. They are also intended for military officers who are moving into policy positions, journalists, private sector professionals and civil society activists.

The Diplomacy and International Affairs programmes aim to equip graduates with an understanding of the international system including the rules of diplomacy, key international institutions and the processes of global and regional governance. These  programmes aim to develop both academic background and practical skills training in diplomatic negotiations, especially in respect to key policy areas such as trade and the environment. The courses comprise a mix of global, generic themes and regional content. This is to ensure that subjects are contextualized for Pacific island students.

Inquiries to:
Dr. Nicola Baker  
Director of DIA Program
Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs
Email: nicola.baker@usp.ac.fj

MA IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (MADIA)

Program Requirements:
There are 5 compulsory courses

  1. PL409: Diplomacy, Negotiations and Statecraft
  2. PL410: World Politics and International Relations
  3. EC416: WTO and Trade Liberalisation in Development
  4. PL400: Regional Diplomacy in the Pacific Islands
  5. PL411: Research Essay in Diplomacy and International Affairs

And 3 elective courses selected from:

  • PL402: Intervention and Peace-Building
  • DG (Governance and Development Studies)  400 level courses
  • MS304: Ocean Governance and Policy
  • Any other 400 course with approval of Program Co-ordinator

Admission Requirements:
Postgraduate Diploma In Diplomacy and International Affairs with Cumulative GPA of 3 or above
Or equivalent qualification

Duration:
Four years on a part time basis
Two years on a full-time basis

Recommended Course Load:
 Full time: two courses per semester
Part-time: one course per semester

Teaching delivery:
Classes are held once a week in the evening (5-7.30). The class typically comprises a lecture and interactive discussion.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Program Requirements:
There are 4 compulsory

  • PL409: Diplomacy, Negotiations and Statecraft
  • PL410: World Politics and International Relations
  • EC416: WTO and Trade Liberalisation in Developing Countries
  • PL400: Regional Diplomacy in the Pacific islands
    OR
  • PL401: Pacific Islands Foreign Policy

Admission Requirements:
Bachelor degree from a recognized tertiary institution with a Cumulative GPA of at least 3 (B average, or equivalent.

OR

B average (CGPA of 3) in the Postgraduate Certificate In Diplomacy and International Affairs

Duration:
Two years on a part time basis
One year on a full-time basis

Recommended Course Load:
Full time: two courses per semester
Part-time: one course per semester

Contact Points

Ms. Prashila Narayan
Discipline Secretary
Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs
School of Law and Social Science
Tel: 3232297
prashila.narayan(at)usp.ac.fj 

Dr. Nicola Baker
Academic  Coordinator, MADIA
Discipline  of Government, Development and International Affairs
nicola.baker@usp.ac.fj