Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme

The University of Oxford is internationally renowned for its world-leading research, high-quality teaching, and excellent resources. Graduate students at Oxford join a diverse community of over 9,800 highly intelligent and committed fellow graduates from around 140 different countries. The University admits graduate students of the very highest academic calibre and future potential, irrespective of nationality or other background. Whether our students are looking to join the next generation of academic researchers and teachers or build successful careers in other fields, Oxford’s outstanding academic staff and facilities serve as a strong foundation.

Graduate students at Oxford also benefit from membership of one of our world-famous colleges, giving them access to a small multidisciplinary community of fellow students and academics, while also being part of a large, international institution.

The Diplomatic Studies Programme is aimed primarily at early-to mid-career diplomats as well as others engaged professionally in international affairs.

The cohort of up to 30 members undertake an intensive year which combines the practical with the academic, in a Programme which interweaves the four main study areas of Diplomatic Practice, International Politics, International Trade and Finance, and Public International Law. The course includes practical exercises and Study Tours, and is underpinned by a tutorial system engaging smaller groups of three to four members on a weekly basis. This enables a highly personalised approach while the group dynamic and network of members from a very wide range of countries adds further value to the year in Oxford. In addition, all the University’s normal facilities – academic, social, cultural, sporting – are open to all members of the Programme.

From 2018, the Programme will comprise:

Chevening and the OUDSP

The Diplomatic Studies Programme (DSP) has a long tradition of welcoming Chevening Scholars among its members.

OUDSP says: 'The University as a whole is delighted that Chevening enables such a wide range of outstanding students to come to Oxford. We welcome the international links that students forge and develop both during and after their course, and their contribution to addressing important challenges internationally. The many talents of those selected for Chevening Scholarships add to the overall value of the programme, and particularly those with experience in the diplomatic field bring fresh and invaluable perspectives which benefit all on the programme and more widely within the University.

Chevening Scholars who are members of the DSP are invited to and participate in Chevening-specific activities organised at the University and more widely. The DSP is a unique programme and the opportunity to partner officially with Chevening is a guarantee of the high value which the DSP will continue to offer over the coming years.'

Read about one Chevening Scholar’s experience on the programme. 

Who do the OUDSP support?

The Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme welcomes applicants from any Chevening-eligible country.

All applicants who wish to be considered for the Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme must select the university and the programme as their first preference in their Chevening application.