Program Type

90 ICH beyond BA


EUCLID School of Diplomacy and International Affairs

Study Mode

Online / Distance
Part Time or Full Time

Online PhD in Diplomacy and International Affairs
(International Relations)

EUCLID, an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with university mandate, offers to select students from the general public its flagship external (distance or online) degree program called the EUCLID Online Doctorate in Diplomacy and International Affairs (DDIA). This field of study or specialization is sometimes called Doctorate in International Relations, but the “DDIA” label used by EUCLID emphasizes its focus on diplomatic practice rather and theoretical approaches.

It is the only online PhD program in diplomacy organized by an intergovernmental institution and officially used by active diplomats over 4 continents.

Academic Presentation

EUCLID’s Doctorate in Diplomacy and International Affairs represents 90 US credits (120 ECTS) of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s. In practice, students may enter the DDIA with a relevant Master’s degree, complete 30 to 35 US credits of core doctoral courses, followed by the actual writing of the dissertation in 5 phases. The resulting thesis should be a publishable book offering a clear contribution to the field and establishing the author as a subjet-matter expert.

Among the suggested areas of focus are:

  • Regional diplomatic affairs
  • Small Islands / Small States issues
  • Inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations
  • International and treaty law
  • Sustainable development
  • IGOs and non-governmental organizations
  • Nation-specific dissertations

EUCLID = International Relations in Practice


Photo above: King Abdullah of Jordan greets and congratulates EUCLID’s Secretary General Syed Zahid Ali when presenting the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week first prize medal (2016).

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Photo above: EUCLID’s Robin van Puyenbroeck, panel speaker at the UN Academic Impact conference on “Eurozone in Crisis” held at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, May 2013.

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Admissions / Entry Requirements for the MDIA

Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook / database. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered

Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program.

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested.

Students are expected to be in position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

Tuition and Fees

Employment Outlook

The EUCLID DDIA provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career in global affairs at the international, regional, national and local levels.

Our alumni have been successful securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations, including at the level of ambassador and minister.

Faculty Highlights

EUCLID’s DDIA program is supported by a world-class faculty group which is truly global in scope and dedicated to high-quality interaction with each student. For each program, 3 faculty members are featured below, and the full faculty roster is accessible via the top menu.

Pr Mark Scully

Professor of International Law

Robin van Puyenbroeck

Adjunct Professor of International Affairs
(USA | Belgium)

Pr Charles Doubane

Professor of Diplomacy and Public Law


Download Brochure

The full DDIA Brochure can be downloaded in PDF format.

Why study at EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

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