Designed to introduce you to the advanced study of diplomacy, this course will enable you to engage with the latest research in the law of armed conflict, crisis management and contemporary international history.

Diplomacy provides the vital human framework for the development of international society in a globalising world. Increasingly complex patterns of law, culture, history, economics and politics – within and between states – are mediated by the practice of diplomacy. The craft of diplomacy plays a key role in regulating the contemporary world.

This dynamic, interdisciplinary course is offered jointly by the School of Politics and International Relations, School of Law, and Department of History. You will develop a broad understanding of diplomacy and negotiation, including traditional approaches that view it as a specialist form of statecraft, and modern conceptions that embrace areas such as the media and cultural diplomacy.

You can take part in a field trip to Europe visiting sights of political and cultural interest. Recent trips have included Brussels, The Hague and Berlin.

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Course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 60 credits of core modules and 60 credits of optional modules.

You will complete your studies by researching and writing a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation, on a subject related to diplomacy. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.


Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation. Modules offered by the School of Law are usually assessed at the end of the spring semester.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent)

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


This course is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a career in international representation and negotiation, or in a field that is informed by diplomacy, mediation and negotiation.

It is ideal for trainee or in-service diplomats, those who are mid-career and wish to change direction, aiming to move into policy areas, or interested in taking time out to make sense of their day-to-day policy activities.

It will develop your skills for a career in a range of fields, such as:

  • civil service
  • commercial negotiation
  • defence liaison
  • foreign trade departments
  • international cultural exchange
  • international financial regulation
  • international and non-governmental organisations
  • journalism
  • ministerial advising
  • public information
  • telecommunications consultancy

Many of our previous students have held Chevening Scholarships from the UK Government.


We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.


If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

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Last updated February 12, 2019
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