Diplomacy & Soft Power

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MSc Cycle2nd year – International Studies

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Diplomacy & Soft Power

In the context of economic, legal and institutional globalization, which forces us to reflect on the rules of the game of world governance and the conditions for maintaining peace, countries with a strong historical and cultural tradition, including France, are led to broaden their modes of cooperation and development. The renewal of diplomacy requires a broadening of the actors: civil society diplomacy, decentralized cooperation, large companies, but also themes: economic, scientific, cultural, religious, sports diplomacy…

The second year of the MSc program allows students to specialize in a particular field of activity. The programs are led by experts in their field with highly developed professional networks. An internship can be completed for this program.

The vast majority of our teachers and lecturers in the second year are senior civil servants, academics, private sector executives or general officers who have completed their active period. They are all very involved in the professional integration of our students.

The second year of the MSc International Studies program trains students to become experts in international relations and cooperation and allows them to deepen their knowledge, each time in direct relation to the chosen specialty.

Beware! The international admission procedure only concerns you if you are not a French citizen and you live outside of France.


Second year

Courses are taught in English.

Applications for the second year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+4 (240 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree.

Major course topics:

UE1 : Analyse de l’état du monde

  • Foreign policies and comparative diplomacy,
  • Intergovernmental and transnational actors,
  • Area analysis

UE2 : Négociations et relations internationales

  • Negotiation techniques,
  • International treaties and conventions,
  • Negotiation and intercultural management

UE3 : Coopération et développement

  • European policies and cooperation,
  • Financing and setting up of international projects,
  • Public-private partnerships for cooperation and development

UE4 : Crises et conflits

  • Sources and analysis of crises and conflicts,
  • Humanitarian law, migration and human rights,
  • Mediation and arbitration,
  • Prevention and crisis management

UE5 : Méthodes et compétences professionnelles

  • Modern languages,
  • Professional experience report,
  • Public speaking and professional writing

UE6 : Thème d’approfondissement

  • Promotion of France’s attractiveness,
  • Conducting influence diplomacy,
  • NGOs and humanitarian cooperation,
  • State building and reconstruction of civil society,
  • Defense policy and cybersecurity,
  • Defense strategy and external operations

Pré requis

Applications for the second year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+4 (240 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree. The courses being 100% in English, a certificate of language level will be requested at the entrance exam.

Méthodes mobilisées

The courses are lectures and tutorials in small groups. There is also group work and e-learning with assessments at the end of each semester.

The evaluation methods of the training are as follows: continuous assessment throughout the year and mid-term exams at the end of the semester.


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.

Les cours ont lieu

at 10 rue Sextius Michel 75015 Paris

Modalités et délais d’accès

If a new student: the candidate obtains the results of the competition 4 weeks after presenting his/her file to a jury

If you are a former HEIP student: the re-enrolment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022


The HEIP admission process is accessible to people with physical disabilities since the competition is 100% online.

For people with invisible or mental disabilities, the admission teams may adapt the tests.

All HEIP campuses (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and London) are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Expérience professionnelle

Semester 2: 4 to 6 month internship.

Niveau de performance

For the MSc, the rate of integration into employment is within 6 months after graduation, i.e. 83% (year 2020).


2nd year ” Diplomacy & Soft Power ” : 70 € application fee

8 900 € with a reservation deposit of 1 100 €.

92 € CVEC tax to be paid before the start of the school year following registration

Rates updated on April 22, 2022

Updated 12 March 2024