Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma on

International Relations & Politics

This Program provides a wide ranging but concise examination of all the key themes, trends and issues of contemporary international relations and world politics.

The Program provides a framework for understanding and analyzing current and future world situations and problems, and how international relations theory, history, geography, politics and other factors influence the globalized world today.  The Program connects the theory and the practice of international relations and world politics and teaches how to apply international relations theory to making and to implementing policy.


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2023 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Leadership /Management; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) During the “Covid-19” (Corona) virus pandemic and in lock-down periods, affected Members may be allowed to take Assignments (home-based course work) instead of or in addition to sitting Examinations to complete the Programme; details can be provided on request after enrolment onto the Programme.

  • Summary of major topics
  • What is included
  • Related courses
  • Study & Career development
  • The meaning of and differences between International Relations and World Politics.
  • Globalization and the key actors: states, international organizations, NGOs and individuals.
  • National security, national economics and national identity within the scope of international relations.
  • International relations and world politics: an analytical framework, theories and points of view.
  • Historical factors and influences on in International Relations and World Politics.
  • International systems; definitions and scope, global twentieth-century systems; contemporary world powers.
  • Understanding physical and human geography and their effect on IR & WP.
  • Religion, culture, nationalism and ethnicity: their impact on conflict international relations and policy.
  • Globalization and technological, social, economic impacts on humanity.
  • Capitalism, global commerce, global governance, export-import, monetary and trade regimes.
  • National Security in terms of power, national interests, objectives, threats and foreign policy.
  • Policymaking conflicts and dilemmas when considering national security.
  • Capabilities and power: political capabilities, social and cultural capabilities, geographic and economic capabilities; military capabilities; measuring power.
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; factors affecting the foreign-policy decision making process; modern communications and practices; how diplomacy works, diplomatic processes: recognition of States and Governments, diplomatic immunities, diplomatic missions, communications.
  • Diplomacy, disarmament and arms control, concerns of weapons proliferation, negotiation.
  • The  development and implementation of international law in global civil society: diplomacy and security; economic and commercial matters; human rights and the environment; international criminal accountability.
  • The United Nations (UN): objectives and structure; armed intervention and the use of force.
  • International organizations and international law; alliances and coalitions, NATO, security.
  • Interstate conflict, the reasons for conflict: international, individual and groups, state and societal levels.
  • Policy, national strategy, war and the use of force; deterrence, defence and warfighting.
  • Armed intervention, national security, humanitarian intervention.
  • Asymmetric conflict, terrorism, causes of terrorism, the changing nature of terrorism; policymaking responses and approaches to terrorism.
  • Transnational crime and globalization; assessment of threats.
  • Trade theory, competition and comparative advantage; unequal trade and competition; trade and economic impacts on local, regional and national areas; trade and finance, free-trade theory, exchange rate mechanisms and their affects on import and export; the impact of technology on trade.
  • Why some countries develop and use technologies and why other countries do not.
  • Global governance tasks: sustaining trade and monetary regimes and global trade.
  • Development: uneven development between developing and developed countries.
  • Poverty and development; capital and sources of finance for development: aid, loans, direct foreign investment, trade.
  • Sustaining development: impacting factors such as population growth, the environment, health, military spending and war, resource depletion, health care.
  • Human Rights: international factors including religion, culture, globalisation, political systems; definitions of and varied commitment to human rights and the human condition.
  • Human rights across cultures; values, ethics and morals that transcend diverse cultures.
  • Refugees: treatment; wars, natural disasters and other causes.
  • The environment, world challenges, a global perspective: the atmosphere, biodiversity, water, fisheries, land.
  • The environment and security; resources, group-identity conflicts, civil strife.
  • International organizations and transnational nongovernmental organizations and environmental protection.

Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive Core Study Publication and supplementary Study Publication.
  • Study & Training Guidance with advice on how to study to achieve success and gain top results. 
  • A detailed, professionally written Examinations Guide which includes expert advice, guidance and tips on how to prepare for, approach and answer Examinations in order to achieve the best results.
  • Test Questions, (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) and Model Answers for them, and additional Exercises, Tests and Activities.
  • The Final Examination sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register. Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination.
  • The prestigious Cambridge International College Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma when you pass the Final Examination.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more:
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.
  • Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement.

CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.

This Program is particularly for people involved in politics, diplomacy or government, or who are invloved in international development, global trade or human rights.  Whether looking to start or to develop a career in one or more of these areas, this detailed and highly explanatory Program provides the insights and knowledge needed for success.

A wide range or related studies are also generally available from a wide range of instituions worldwide should further studies be required - see the "Related Courses" section for suggestions – which include the ‘wider’ syllabus ABA & Baccalaureate Programmes and the 'Double Award' EBA & BBA Bachelor degree Programme, and the 'Double Award' EMBA & MBA degree Programme.  You are welcome to ask the College for advice, and of course you can see details of these Programmes on this website.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £240
US Dollars:
Single payment of $480
Single payment of €360
Fee payment methods

Duration & Assessments

The standard Study Period is one year (12 months) but the actual time taken to complete the Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma is flexible


To gain your prestigious high-level Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma you must sit and pass a written Examination/Assessment. Full and clear details about this are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, after you have enrolled. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination/Assessment will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well, and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide, then you should be able to achieve a good result and obtain your respected Graduate Diploma!

**During the "Covid-19" (Corona) virus pandemic, Members may opt to take an Assignment (home-based course work) instead of an Examination to complete the Program.

(See the College Prospectus, or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the “Contact Us” page of this website, if you would like more information.)


A professional graduate level qualification ideal for high-level responsibility in leadership, management, business, development and related career areas.