What is distance-learning and how would I typically
study under this method?
By distance-learning, the candidate would receive 1
or 2 modules by airmail registered post which includes
all the reading materials, books, disks/CD ROM, videos,
etc for each module and your tutor contact point. You
would then begin each chapter and go through questions
set for you at the end of each chapter. At the module
end, the candidate completes an extended essay which
is returned to your tutor by email or post. Further
modules are sent after each course is completed. During
the course, candidates may contact tutors who assist
you in your studies.
When can I start the programme?
There are no special enrollment dates. Candidates may
begin the programme at anytime of the year after their
How long does the programme take?
Most candidates can complete the course in 1 year, and
some, in a lesser period.
Do I require a high standard of English in order to
take the programme?
Yes, since all of the course is in the English language,
a candidate would need a good comprehension of written
English and be able to write clearly in English in order
to complete the written assignments.
What is the level of the Advanced Diploma and Licenciate?
The Advanced Diploma and Licenciate are university level
programmes. Candidates often have existing qualifications
at university undergraduate and postgraduate level before
joining the course.
Are there provisions for candidates sponsored by their
The Registrar can issue documentation confirming a candidate
is enrolled on the distance-learning programme.
Do I have to take all 4 modules or can I take only 1
module of my choice from the modules?
Candidates who are not enrolled for the Advanced Diploma
or Licenciate may take any single module they choose
from the module list on a stand alone basis. A certificate
of completion is issued to candidates successfully completing
What is the difference between the Advanced Diploma
and the Licenciate?
The Advanced Diploma requires the completion of 4 modules.
The Licenciate requires the completion of 4 modules
and a dissertation, that is, a written, original study.
Q: Can I attend seminars at the Diplomatic Council?
Yes, there are residential seminars organised in both
Oxford and Cambridge, normally in the summer, in research
methodology, international law and human rights law.
Please contact the Director, Seminars, for further information.