Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations


The Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy and International Relations was launched in October 2017 as an additional programme for students who have completed the EDA’s Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations. Students build on and solidify the knowledge gained  on global and regional issues in the PGD, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East. It is an accredited programme with classes held once a week for each course. Full-time students can expect to finish the MA in one academic year. Students can also opt to enrol on a part-time basis and may take two academic years to complete the programme. 


The MA in Diplomacy and International Relations offers students two ways to achieve 12 credits:

Track One: Taking four courses and passing a comprehensive exam at the end of the academic year, or

Track Two: Taking two courses and completing an MA thesis.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to graduate. 

Track One

This track consists of four elective courses with three credits each (12 in total). In each elective, students will complete a research paper that necessitates a substantial original contribution on their part. While the requirements for the individual courses may vary, students should expect to write a paper between 6,000 and 10,000 words for each class. Students who opt for Track One are required to pass an oral and written comprehensive exam at the end of the academic year to successfully complete the MA programme. 

Track Two

Consisting of two elective courses (six credits) and an MA thesis (six credits) to be completed over two semesters under the supervision of an EDA faculty member, this track is available to students who have scored a GPA of 3.6 and above in the Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) programme. At the end of the academic year, the students will have to defend the thesis orally with a grade of no less than B to a committee of three, which should include at least one member external to EDA. 

Course Catalogue

  • The Middle East Peace Process

  • Select Topics in International Relations and Diplomacy

  • Foreign Policy and Extremism/Terrorism

  • Trends in European Foreign and Security Policy towards the Middle East

  • American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

The skills our MA Students acquire:

Global and Regional Specialised Knowledge:

Graduates will acquire a strong and advanced understanding of current and historical policies, events and practices that are central to the national interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Middle East region and will be able to critically evaluate and analyze global and regional issues related to the study of international relations and foreign policy.

Research and Critical Thinking:

Graduates will demonstrate a strong capacity to successfully conduct individual research projects and/or an extensive thesis project. Students will use advanced research tools while investigating complex issues related to diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations by critically examining a range of sources to produce substantive and analytical research papers.

Communication and Language:

Graduates will exhibit a high standard for the written and oral exposition of their research.