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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Qualifying as a diplomat

The most common entry route for graduates tends to be through the Civil Service fast stream which accepts applications between September and November each year..


  1. You need to be a British Citizen to apply
  2. A first or second class honours degree is essential, but any degree course is acceptable.
  3. A language qualification is desirable to show aptitude for learning languages

Work experience

Most of the training required is given on the job, so work experience is not necessarily required. However the competition for posts can be heavy so research, an interest in foreign affairs and transferrable skills are very important.

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