SOAS University of London

Damien Cole - MA Global Diplomacy (2016)

The course has given me the opportunity to think about the broad range of issues that affect international relations today and the wider sets of issues that you need to think about when you’re working in the foreign policy

Damien Cole

Ambassador of Ireland to Egypt, Cairo

The reason that I started the MA Global Diplomacy was because as a mid-career professional, who has been in the Foreign Service for 20 years, I was really interested in getting a solid conceptual, theoretical basis to the work that I do. I’ve been working in this area for a long period of time my background isn’t in international relations, so it was very interesting for me to take on this course to look at new ways of thinking about the work that I do.

Since I’ve started the course I’ve found it extremely interesting and very useful . What I’ve found most useful about the course is not only the course material but the way that the course is extremely well structured. That means you are to keep up with the work rate which is fairly demanding but still done in such a way that you’re always able to meet your deadlines and make sure that you keep up with the work. What I’ve also found extremely useful and good about the course is the fact that the tutors are very accessible and very easy to get in touch with. If you have any questions or queries, any particular issues you can certainly give them a call, send them an email and they’re extremely prompt in terms of replying to you.

The course has given me the opportunity to think about the broad range of issues that affect international relations today and the wider sets of issues that you need to think about when you’re working in the foreign policy area. I think that the course is interesting for anybody, not necessarily someone who is working directly in foreign policy but anybody who is interested in understanding how the world works and the particular issues that face the international community at the moment.