Taught course

Diplomacy, Law and Global Change

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Entry requirements

A good 2nd class honours degree in the social sciences, law or a related area is usually required. Exceptions to this will be considered on an individual basis. Non-graduates with relevant experience considered Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.


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.


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 twenty-first 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.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office:
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Fees and funding

For Coventry University graduates there is an alumni discount of £500, there are also Postgraduate Merit Scholarships available to UK students of £1000 towards tuition fees - please visit website for more information and criteria

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-30 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (12000 words)

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
+ 44 (0)24 7688 8609