What will I learn?

About the course

The Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme (DSP), formerly known as the Foreign Service Programme (FSP), is a one-year programme of mixed academic and vocational study of diplomacy and related subjects.

Diplomatic Studies Programme

The Diplomatic Studies Programme comprises.

PGDip in Diplomatic Studies, a nine-month full-time course (October to June)
MSt in Diplomatic Studies, a twelve-month full-time course (October to September).

The Diplomatic Studies Programme aims to equip each of its members with the knowledge and skills required for diplomacy in today and tomorrow’s world, and the confidence on which to base a successful diplomatic career within a foreign ministry, international organisation or elsewhere. The programme draws upon a tradition of more than half a century of academic excellence in preparing its alumni to occupy a large number of senior posts in the diplomatic and other political fields.

The DSP is a programme designed primarily for professionals. It is best suited for early- to mid-career diplomats, and a large proportion of its members are established diplomats, who return to their diplomatic careers after the course. Some are nominated by their Foreign Ministries to attend. Non-diplomats with relevant academic background and professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Members come from an extremely broad range of countries, and one of the attributes of the course is the extensive opportunities it offers to share and learn from peers’ experiences and perspectives.


The course is assessed by year-end examinations.

Graduate destinations

Many DSP/FSP alumni have progressed to senior positions in their respective diplomatic services, elsewhere in government and international organisations, or more widely in the international field.

Which department am I in?

Continuing Education

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£24,450.00 (US$ 33,290) Overall cost
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2021


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. Applicants are normally expected to have relevant professional experience, and this experience may be an alternative to the requirement for a strong upper second-class degree with honours. If you have experience of diplomacy or a related field, you are encouraged to apply if your marks are equivalent to at least an upper second-class degree or GPA of 3.0. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 100 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.