The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

PhD Programs in Cultural Diplomacy & Public Policy, Politics and Governance/ Civic Nationalism and Cultural Identity/ Migration/ Cultural Heritage/ Art/ Digital Media/ International Events/ International Sports/ International Music, and other related is

The program is offered by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

About the Degree

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) offers a collaborative PhD programmes with the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, with a focus on Cultural Diplomacy and a range of themes. The PhD programme is normally three years, full time, and on successful completion students will be awarded a doctoral qualification from the University of the West of Scotland in their chosen thematic area.

Dates of Next Program for 2019

Enrolment to the Program is possible at four points in each academic session October, February, April and June.  

Professional Development Program »

The Professional Development Program was created and developed in order to equip students with the relevant skill sets, knowledge, professional experience and professional relationships, so that they will be able to acquire a job immediately upon completion of the degree. One of the main goals of the Professional Development program is to enable students to acquire job opportunities and develop their careers in institutions such as the UN, EU, African Union, national governments, national parliaments, international corporations and international NGOs. (More)

Structure and Organization of the Program

The doctoral programme represents the second form of studies offered by the University of the West of Scotland in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The doctoral programme is three years in duration.

and is research based, with no obligatory attendance as the program could be done entirely from distance. Students are invited and are welcome as our student to undertake Cultural Diplomacy courses, participate in the ICD Academy and the UWS conferences and seminars, in Berlin as well as in the UWS activities in their school.

In the first year, students have the opportunity to study recommended courses in Cultural Diplomacy offered in Berlin. In addition, students are welcome to undertake a professional development programme. At the end of the first academic year, students will be required to submit an annual research report on their chosen topic, allowing the supervision team to guide them in the development of their final thesis.

During the second and third years of the PhD programme, students are not obliged to reside in the ICD doctoral school, but are required to stay in close and direct contact with the doctoral supervision team. A working schedule will be established between the student and the supervision team, including periods where the student is recommended to be present at University of the West of Scotland each academic year. When in Scotland, in addition to supervisory meetings, PhD students will also benefit from interactions with other doctoral students and members of the teaching staff with whom they share academic interests, whilst also participating in the activities of the relevant academic Schools of the University.

During the duration of the PhD studies, annual progress reports will be submitted via the University’s online progress platform. Within the second year, students will submit documentation, which they will be required to present to a committee including an independent assessor and members of the supervision team.

The thesis will normally be completed within three years and, once submitted, students will undertake a viva voce oral examination which will take place 2-3 months after submission.

PhD topic areas

UWS welcomes applications with a focus on Cultural Diplomacy and the following themes:

  • International Events and
  • International Sport
  • International Music
  • Public Policy, Politics and Governance
  • Migration
  • Art
  • Civic Nationalism and Cultural Identity
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Digital Media

* Topics can be extended, pending on the research proposal

Benefits of the Program

The main benefits of the program are:

  • Students will obtain expertise in cultural diplomacy, as a rapidly increasing and important field relevant to the public and private sectors and civil society.
  • The opportunity to study a recommended programme of Cultural Diplomacy courses, which will prepare them for a vast array of career opportunities worldwide.
  • Access to online course in research methods from UWS.
  • Access to expert supervisory teams with experience in Cultural Diplomacy and a range of specialist themes, including events, sport, culture, public policy, politics, music and digital media.
  • Access to all ICD events and programmes around the world, providing students with access to prominent experts in the field including various Heads of State, Ministers, and CEOs.
  • Access to ICD conferences and UWS doctoral student events

Contact Us

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