Educational Programs

Master's Program "Diplomacy and International Cooperation"

Educational program

"Diplomacy and International Cooperation"


The main goal of the educational and professional program "Diplomacy and International Cooperation" is to train specialists for activities in the field of international relations and diplomacy and the practical implementation of international cooperation.

Program presentation

Program guarantor:

Viktor Matviienko, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of International Organizations and Diplomatic Service

Qualification gained:

Educational: Master of International Relations, Public Communications and Regional Studies.

Professional: expert on social and political issues (diplomacy and international cooperation).

Profile of the program: Tuition of all academic disciplines will be carried out in the Ukrainian language.

The target audience of the program includes Ukrainian citizens and foreigners (proficient in the state language after studying at the preparatory faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) who are Bachelors in the majors of the field of knowledge "International relations", and it is also allowed to admit to training graduates who are Bachelors in other majors.

During the training, students master:

Regulatory disciplines:

  • Theory and practice of modern diplomacy.
  • International organizations and global problems of our time.
  • World diplomacy.
  • Diplomatic service and the law of external relations.
  • Diplomatic protocol and professional ethics.
  • Foreign language.
  • European politics, governance, diplomacy.
  • Theory and practice of international negotiations.
  • National memory in international relations.
  • Integration processes and associations.
  • Multilateral diplomacy and mechanisms for regulating international relations.
  • Public administration and foreign policy decision making.
  • Non-state actors and lobbying in international relations.

A block of disciplines of free choice is aimed at developing professional skills in the field of diplomatic support for international cooperation. Successful completion of free choice courses (in case of obtaining an average score of at least 75 out of 100) is a prerequisite for the assignment of professional qualifications to graduates of the master's program.

The training of students is carried out in two blocks of free choice:

1. International cooperation and interagency cooperation.

2. Practical diplomacy.

Free choice block "International cooperation and interagency cooperation":

  • Regional diplomacy and cross-border cooperation.
  • Interparliamentary diplomacy and interdepartmental cooperation.
  • Public communication in the public sector.
  • International cooperation in the field of education, science and culture.
  • International humanitarian cooperation.

Free choice block "Practical diplomacy":

  • Practical psychology in diplomacy.
  • Consular work in modern diplomatic practice.
  • Language of diplomatic documents (workshop).
  • Public and cultural diplomacy.
  • Economic diplomacy.

Disciplines of free choice from the list (the student chooses 1 discipline from each list):

List No. 1.

  • Council of Europe: political and legal cooperation mechanism.
  • International organizations in the field of security.
  • Institutes and programs of international development.

List No. 2.

  • Strategic planning in international relations.
  • Soft power in international relations.
  • Processes of reforming and European integration of Ukraine.

List No. 3.

  • Foreign policy communication technologies.
  • Virtual diplomacy.
  • Information policy and information security of the state.

Professional competencies formed:

  • In-depth knowledge of the nature, dynamics, principles of organizing international relations, types of international actors, modern trends in the development of world politics and diplomacy.
  • Understanding the essence of globalization processes and their impact on international relations in general and diplomatic support for international cooperation in particular.
  • Ability to analyze and predict international relations and diplomatic interaction between international actors in different contexts, in particular political, security, legal, economic, social, cultural and informational.
  • In-depth knowledge of theoretical and applied research of international relations, world politics and diplomacy in political, economic, legal sciences, as well as in interdisciplinary research.
  • In-depth knowledge of the nature and sources of foreign policy and diplomacy of the state, the evolution of approaches to the formation and implementation of foreign policy and diplomacy, the principles of organizing the foreign policy system and the functioning of foreign policy and diplomacy institutions.
  • Ability to independently organize and carry out scientific research on problems of international relations, identify scientific problems, prepare scientific texts and reports, carry out their public approbation.
  • Ability to conduct applied analytical development of problems of international relations and world politics and diplomacy, professionally prepare analytical materials and references.
  • Ability to organize and conduct international meetings, diplomatic negotiations, work in the framework of international conferences, organizations, other forms of practical international cooperation, work with diplomatic and international documents.
  • In-depth knowledge of the organization and functioning of the European Union, understanding of modern European integration processes and Ukraine's place in them.
  • Understanding of the peculiarities of the development of countries and regions, modern global, regional and local processes, and the place of Ukraine in them.
  • Ability to develop approaches to solving problems and tasks in the field of international relations, international and national security, foreign policy and diplomacy (in particular, on the settlement of international and domestic conflicts).
  • Proficiency in foreign languages ​​at a professional level, performance of interpretation and translation of materials on the professional subject of international relations.

It is possible for students to have a pre-diploma internship while acquiring practical skills in the curriculum of the educational program "Diplomacy and International Cooperation" of the "Master" educational degree without interrupting studies during the second semester. An internship takes place in the territorial and functional divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (according to the Agreement on Cooperation between the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on May 30, 2017).

Our graduates can work in the following institutions:

  • central authorities exercising powers in the field of international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Administration of the President of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, departments of international cooperation of other ministries and departments of Ukraine);
  • departments of international cooperation of local authorities.
  • international intergovernmental organizations (organizations of the UN system, regional organizations);
  • non-governmental international organizations;
  • Ukrainian companies carrying out international activities;
  • representative offices of transnational companies;
  • higher educational institutions, academic institutions of Ukraine and foreign countries;
  • public organizations;
  • Ukrainian and international analytical, research and consulting agencies.

Form of study:


Training period:

1 year 4 months

Students of the educational program "Diplomacy and International Cooperation" of the "Master" educational degree also use the opportunities of academic mobility of the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, which is provided for by agreements with educational institutions of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Greece, Georgia, India , Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Cyprus, Lithuania, Morocco, Germany, Poland, the USA, Hungary, Uzbekistan, France, Croatia and have the opportunity to receive a DOUBLE DIPLOMA.

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