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The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #226 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance programmes offer our students an unrivalled insight into competencies to effectively deal with the challenges and opportunities in the areas of modern diplomacy, international security, international business and trade, global communication and information management.
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Taught mostly in the evenings and on Saturdays, these programmes have been built on more than 36 years of experience in the training and advancement of those in the diplomatic service and we seek to become the leading centre for the development of the world’s new generation of diplomats and leaders.

These programmes are a desirable progression route for those aspiring to work directly in the diplomatic sector or for those looking to gain a full understanding of the conduct of international relations within a commercial context. The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance is ideal for individuals looking for rapid career progression into management and development positions in the global diplomatic, business and security communities.

The academic network within the Academy upholds an outstanding track record in the teaching of diplomacy and other related disciplines. Alumni taught by the Academy's Director Professor Nabil Ayad have continued into Ministerial and Ambassadorial roles in their home countries. Others are working for the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the League of Arab States, security and defence organisations, the media and as university lecturers.

Alongside a suite of unrivalled programmes and impressive teaching staff, the Academy is ideally located in the country’s capital and is in easy reach of all the principal diplomatic missions, government departments, media and financial centres and the headquarters of all major multinational organisations.

The Academy also maintains close partnerships and cultural exchange opportunities with a number of leading diplomatic academies and institutes. In turn, the programmes will enable students to develop a network of associates as well as build a unique, pertinent learning experience at Loughborough University London.

Courses which were offered by the staff of the Academy in the past were valued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Ministry of Defence, overseas Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Missions in London, international and regional organisations and multinational corporations for their relevance and focus on career development.

The international academic and training centre for governments, international and regional organisations and multinational corporations in London. 36 years of innovation and leadership in international diplomatic training and dynamically managing knowledge, innovation and transferable skills for the 21st century.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Topics currently supervised by academics from The Academy

  • The Impact of Digital Technology in Advancing Organisational Learning Capability and Innovativeness of Policing Activities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • The Role of OSCE in Conflict Resolution: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict as a Case Study
  • A Critical Study on the Impact of Mobile Technology on Abu Dhabi Police Operations
  • Diplomatic Challenges to Emerging National Security Threats: The United Arab Emirates, a Case Study
  • The Role of Diplomatic Missions in Promoting Business and Trade: United Arab Emirates, a Case Study
  • Enhancing Strategic Public Diplomacy in Qatar through policy-based framework
  • The Impact of Culture on Diplomatic Protocol and Training: The UAE as a Case Study
  • Development of an Evaluation Framework for m-Government System Quality: The Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a Case Study
  • The Issue of Diaspora in International Relations: A Case Study of Nigeria-UK Diplomatic Relations

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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