Public Policy and Diplomatic Studies

Wadham admits students for the Master of Public Policy and DPhil in Public Policy run by the Blavatnik School of Government, and the Diplomatic Studies courses run by the Department for Continuing Education.

  • G7 Summit. Taormina, Sicily, Italy - May 2017

Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a one year graduate degree for people committed to improving the world through public service, whether in government, non-governmental organisations or the private sector. It is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the need for public leaders who can reach across specialist fields to find innovative solutions to difficult policy challenges. It is practical, responding directly to the demand for policy experts with skills as negotiators, financial managers and communicators. It is global, in that Blavatnik students learn how policy is made, implemented and evaluated in governments around the world, and at local, regional and global levels. Full details of the programme, and how to apply to it, can be found here:

Since the launch of the Master of Public Policy programme in 2013, Wadham has joined forces with the Blavatnik School of Government to offer one fully-funded place on the course per year. The first recipient of such a scholarship was Charles Dollie.

Wadham also accepts applications for the DPhil in Public Policy run through the Blavatnik School of Government, a full-time, three-year research degree.

Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme

The Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme (FSP) has for many years brought together early to mid-career diplomats for a course lasting a full academic year, from early October to mid-June. The Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies and the Master in Diplomatic Studies programmes are specifically designed to give established diplomats the opportunity to derive maximum benefit from studying diplomacy in its contemporary context, giving special attention to the changes associated with globalization and the skills required of diplomats in the 21st century. There is a very wide geographical spread of membership on the course, and substantial benefit is derived from the exchange of experience among participants.


Full details of the Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme can be found here:


The Tutors

Dr Tom Simpson is a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College, and Associate Professor in Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. His current research is focused on the notion of trust, addressing both its theoretical dimensions and practical implications. He has additional interests in the ethics of war and of information and computing technology.