Taught course

Diplomacy, Law and Global Change

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

This course starts in September 2017.

This course focuses on the emerging global order of the twenty-first century. You will study two core areas: Diplomacy and the International System and International Law in the Contemporary World Arena.

It aims to provide an understanding of the development and contemporary practice of diplomacy and the rules of international law and prepares students for a career in diplomatic services, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or international business.

Why choose this course?

A distinctive and original course that attract students from overseas, the UK and the EU.

Students are linked by a common interest in the nature of the world in which we live and the problems it confronts.

It offers you both an academically challenging experience and one that will be of practical use in your future career.

It is of particular interest to those interested in a career with a strong international dimension.

Students have the option of completing the taught modules only in order to receive a Postgraduate Diploma, or completing a dissertation in order to receive an MA.

It is possible to study this course on a part-time basis.

What will I learn?

The course focuses on two sets of inter-related issues which are central to an understanding of this changing environment:

  • the role and nature of diplomacy as a key mode of communication between states and other actors on the international stage;
  • the development and adaptation of the norms and rules of international law which have traditionally constituted the main sources of order in the international system.

It explores the emerging global order of the 21st century from the perspectives of diplomacy and international law.

You will need to complete two mandatory modules:

  • Diplomacy and the International System focuses on the changing nature of the international system, the character of diplomacy and its role in contemporary world politics;
  • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena examines the role of international law and institutions, with particular emphasis on the United Nations.

In addition you will study two further modules. Optional modules currently available include:

  • law of diplomatic relations;
  • threats to global security;
  • international environmental law;
  • international human rights law;
  • governance for security in the developing world.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Career prospects exist in:

  • International business,
  • public administration,
  • diplomatic service,
  • international agencies and non-governmental organisations,
  • organisation for security and cooperation in Europe,
  • international committee of the Red Cross,
  • teaching and research

Many of our graduates are now members of national diplomatic services (some have been seconded to us from their home diplomatic services).

Graduates have also been successful in securing employment in the foreign services of a range of countries from Ethiopia to the United Kingdom, as well as working in government departments in Barbados, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Global leaders programme

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for futher details on the Global Leaders Programme.

Information for international students

To find an enquiry form for international students, visit our website.

Contact us on +44 (0) 24 7765 2152

Fees and funding

UK students
January 2017 start - £5,799 | May 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212
International students
January 2017 start - £11,280 | May 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321