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Introduction to British Diplomacy

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Gain a deeper insight into the work of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its diverse global workforce with this Introduction to British Diplomacy from Foreign and Commonwealth Office by FutureLearn.


This Introduction to British Diplomacy from Foreign and Commonwealth Office by FutureLearn designed and developed by the Diplomatic Academy of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), you’ll explore the inner workings of the FCO and learn how the UK diplomatic system works at home and abroad. You’ll discover how a wide range of government departments work internationally with the FCO and learn about the function of Embassies and High Commissions.

As you get an introduction to the legal and historical frameworks of diplomacy, you’ll develop your understanding of the UK’s work abroad.

You’ll also learn more about the FCO’s staff support processes and development opportunities.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the main characteristics of the UK’s diplomatic network including the role of Directorates and the importance of cross-Whitehall coordination

  • Assess the varied role of Embassies, High Commissions and other Posts in promoting UK interests abroad including consular and political work

  • Explore the legal and historical framework of diplomacy and what diplomats actually do

  • Discuss how the FCO supports its employees and encourages diversity including through the important role of staff associations

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?
  • How the FCO works: inside King Charles Street (headquarters) and cross-Whitehall coordination
  • How the UK overseas network functions: the role of Embassies and High Commissions
  • Diplomacy Demystified: the legal framework for diplomacy, theoretical approaches and what diplomats actually do (e.g. reporting, negotiating and representing)
  • How the FCO supports its staff through associations and networks (e.g. BAME and FCO Women) and development opportunities: including honest accounts of what works and what doesn’t

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 14 days

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  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course has been designed as an introduction to the UK’s diplomatic network for any job applicants (UK or overseas), for new starters at any level, and for existing UK government employees moving into international roles or going on an overseas posting for the first time.
  • However, this course will be suitable for anyone interested in the inner workings of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Tuition Fee


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