Taught course

Diplomacy and International Relations (Distance Learning) MA

Lancaster University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Diplomatic relations, international negotiations, foreign-policy decision-making processes, and the conduct of foreign policy constitute important features of international politics.

This online MA programme is designed to introduce you to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. It is especially relevant if you are thinking about, or currently working in, diplomacy, international NGOs, and global policy and politics. The course is also suitable for graduates with an academic interest in diplomacy and international relations who would like to develop knowledge and skills to pursue an academic career in research in this area.

Delivered entirely online, this distance learning course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. It employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance your learning experience. Throughout the programme your studies will be comprehensively supported through recorded lectures, online discussions and group collaboration, mock negotiation exercises, web seminars and individual academic supervision. We aim to ensure that your distance learning experience is engaging and enjoyable.

Teaching staff are internationally renowned researchers with a wealth of experience and knowledge on a range of diplomacy and international relations issues. The department was first in the UK for research impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

This degree carries the same award as an on-campus programme. The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion aims to offer the same quality of experience in its distance learning provision as we do on campus and has extensive experience of supporting distance learners.

Online learning

This MA programme consists of five taught modules and a dissertation. Each distance learning module counts for 20 credits and the dissertation counts for 80 credits. Students are assessed through formative and summative assessment including formative assignments, online participation, group project, essay, and a dissertation.

A two-week online induction programme is provided for our new distance learning students before the course starts in October. The online induction programme will introduce you to the online learning environment, available digital services and software, e-library and e-resources. It also provides an opportunity for you to meet your tutors online and start communicating with your peers.

Please contact the department if you have any questions about online learning, software, e-resources and digital services during your study, or would like to know more about the research specialisms of our teaching staff.

Information for international students

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.

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

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