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Executive Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs

Executive Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs


In a globalized world, every institution, company or organization needs to engage in international relations to achieve its goals. Although Catalonia’s institutions have been developing external activities for over 30 years, especially once Spain joined the European Community in 1986, there has never been a specific system for the recruitment of international relations specialists.

With the aim of building capacities in Catalan institutions in the field of foreign affairs, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia and the Secretariat for Foreign and EU Affairs agreed to launch a supplementary study program in the field of diplomacy and external affairs, intended for employees of Catalonia’s civil service with international experience.

The Executive Master’s in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs is an innovative post-graduate programme, tailored to the needs of a 21st century public administration. It is designed to prepare for the management of a dynamic and flexible foreign policy and for meeting the challenges of an interdependent world in the communications era. The 10 month training programme focuses on Economy, Communications and Negotiation, without neglecting more traditional areas such as International Law, European Affairs and the History of International Relations.

This Master’s degree is directed by Professor Carles Boix, PhD in Political Science, Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University and Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. It is taught by Catalan and international professors affiliated to Catalan academic institutions, as well as visiting professors from abroad.

The Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and the School of Public Administration of Catalonia (EAPC) collaborate on the organization of the programme, which grants a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs awarded by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Fifth edition

The call for applications for the fifth edition of the Master’s degree was launched on 18 May 2017. It is open to applications from Catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya) or local government employees with experience or a proven interest in international relations, and with an excellent level of English. The deadline for applications ends on 7 June 2017. Classes will begin on 1 September 2017 and finish in December 2018.

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