In today's globalized and increasingly complex world, the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation cannot be overstated. In response to the pressing need for effective collaboration in combating corruption and fostering diplomacy, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) have collaboratively launched the one-of-a-kind Master’s in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) programme.

Spanning 18 months, this modular postgraduate degree offers a comprehensive exploration of the intricate nexus between anti-corruption efforts and diplomacy. What sets the MACD apart is its dynamic and interdisciplinary curriculum, meticulously crafted to encompass a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. From economics and ethics to international law and cyber diplomacy, students engage with cutting-edge knowledge and practical insights essential for navigating the complexities of contemporary governance. Moreover, the MACD goes beyond theoretical study, equipping students with indispensable skills for success in an international career. Through immersive learning experiences, students also hone their leadership abilities, master the art of negotiation, and refine their public speaking prowess.

Modules and Objectives

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Studies of Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy
  • Module 2 - Anti-Corruption Legal and Ethical Frameworks in Public and Private Sector
  • Module 3 - Politics, Sociology, Criminology, and Economics of Corruption
  • Module 4 - Skills in Diplomacy (Hybrid - Geneva Switzerland)
  • Module 5 - Digital and Cyber Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the 21st Century
  • Module 6 - Anti-Corruption Tools: Prevention, Criminalization, and Law Enforcement
  • Master thesis research, writing process, and defence

At the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Better comprehend the nexus between diplomacy and anti-corruption;
  • Contribute to the prevention of and the fight against corruption;
  • Develop, strengthen and use research, drafting and analytical skills;
  • Interact with and develop a strong network of international professionals who can assist them both during and after their studies;
  • Apply acquired skills, knowledge and tools in their respective careers and fields of work.


The programme is conducted in a blended format with a mixture of campus-based and online events, utilizing lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work and stakeholder discussions, and offering the opportunity to study under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy.

One of the programme modules will take place for one week at the UNITAR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, accompanied with a guided visit to the UN Office at Geneva.

The programme is completed with the successful submission and defence of a master’s thesis online. Upon successful completion, the graduates will visit IACA’s campus, in Laxenburg, Austria and attend their graduation ceremony, organized by IACA.



The Master’s in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy is designed as an in-career programme targeted to those holding an undergraduate degree with a background in International Relations, Diplomacy, International Law, Anti-Corruption or any related field, and will equally benefit professionals with existing experience from these fields. We also welcome applications from different educational backgrounds. It is designed for students and professionals that have other academic/professional engagements at the same time. Therefore, it is based on self-paced modules with a pre-module, interaction, and post-module research phases. In the pre-module and post-module research phases, students can structure your workload as it suits you best. Please rest assured that we will do our best to accommodate all students' needs in terms of other commitments, studies, work, different time zones, etc. The number of participants for each cohort is therefore limited to a small number, so that we can take into consideration each student's specific circumstances. 


In order to be considered for the Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, candidates must: 

  • Be fluent in English;  
  • Possess a valid passport or national identity card;
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree.



Complete your personal information and ensure you attach the following documents to your application form, in PDF format:

  • A copy of your CV;
  • A copy of your passport;
  • A copy of your Bachelor's Degree Certificate in English;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency;
  • A copy of your academic transcript in English;
  • A copy of your professional photo;
  • Proof of payment of 100 EUR application fee (non-refundable, payable here).

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