Taught course

Diplomacy and International Relations (Distance Learning) MA

Lancaster University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Study alongside your ongoing professional and personal commitments with our convenient and flexible online course
  • Develop a deep understanding of diplomacy and politics, and skills that could take you anywhere in the world
  • Gain insight from internationally renowned experts whose research is shaping political theory, international relations, security and more
  • Be part of a department that is a leader in the country for research power and research environment
  • Prepare for a career on the frontline of global affairs, whether pursuing a role in parliament, diplomacy, public affairs or academia

Is global terrorism a religious matter? How has diplomacy evolved throughout history? What influences international negotiations? Discuss and debate these questions and more as you sharpen your skills and boost your employability.

Kick-start your career

We’ve designed this course to help you explore the theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. You’ll benefit from our extensive experience of supporting distance learners and be supported by our community of academics who are experts in their field.

This course is for you if you’re eager to work in diplomacy, international NGOs or global policy and politics – or perhaps you already are and feel ready take your career to the next level. Many of our students want to make their mark through research too.

Learn alongside your life

We have provided our courses via online learning and have a deep understanding of how best to support our students. You’ll join us for an online induction before the course begins. This is a great chance to meet your tutors and peers and learn about everything from our digital services and software to e-library resources.

Throughout the course you will take part in online discussions, group projects, and web seminars. You’ll also produce a 20,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, through which you will be supported by one of our expert academic supervisors.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more on our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PPR Admissions
+44 (0) 1524 594262