Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History, Politics and International Relations or related discipline

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

Months of entry


Course content

For centuries, nation-states have typically interacted through two principal means: war and diplomacy. This interdisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore these central elements of world history and contemporary affairs from the medieval period to the present.

Delivered jointly by the Department of History and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the programme allows you to gain an understanding of international relations from historical and theoretically informed perspectives. Subjects explored include the development of the interstate system, the evolution of warfare, and the contemporary theory and practice of international diplomacy. The programme is closely aligned with the Centre for War and Diplomacy, which provides access to talks from world-leading scholars and practitioners. Equally suited

To those seeking professional development or pursuing a research career, this programme will support you to develop vital analytical skills and a deep understanding of the major forces shaping international relations in the past and present.

The Masters programme provides the opportunity to:

  • Combine the study of warfare and diplomacy to achieve an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping international relations
  • Study these subjects across a broad chronological range from medieval times to the present
  • Approach the study of warfare and diplomacy from both a historical and theoretically informed perspective
  • Work with scholars from different disciplines who are experts in the study of warfare and diplomacy
  • Engage with the work of world-leading scholars, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through the Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Develop expertise and skills to enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare for doctoral research

Information for international students

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

English Language Requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Information on fees and funding is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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