Entry 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.

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?

  • Combine the study of warfare and diplomacy to understand the forces that shape international relations
  • Engage with world-leading scholars, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Study these subjects across a broad chronological sweep from medieval times to the present
  • Approach the study of warfare and diplomacy from both a historical and theoretically informed perspective
  • Develop expertise and skills to enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare for doctoral research

For centuries, nation-states have interacted through two principal means: war and diplomacy. Studying with us, you’ll unravel these central elements of world history and contemporary affairs, looking at subjects ranging from warfare in the medieval period to conflict and peace building in the present day.

Invaluable insights

Delivered jointly by the Department of History and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, this programme will provide you with in-depth perspectives on international relations from historical and theoretically informed perspectives.

You might be looking to sharpen your knowledge and skills to become an expert in a particular area. Or perhaps you want to make an impact through a research career. Either way, you’ll explore the factors influencing international relations past and present. And, because the programme is closely linked to the work of the Centre for War and Diplomacy, you’ll have the chance to hear the latest thinking from world-leading scholars and practitioners.

Developing your expertise

We’ve designed this course to explore a whole host of areas, from the development of the interstate system to the contemporary theory and practice of international diplomacy. With a fantastic range of optional modules, you’ll be able to shape your study to your interests too.

A key part of your studies will be carrying out your own research. We’ll help prepare you for this by developing your understanding of international and military history and international relations, and helping you to position yourself in both these disciplines. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready for careers in the academic world and beyond, including rewarding roles in political analysis.

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

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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