Taught course


University of Nottingham · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Diplomacy is a vocationally orientated, interdisciplinary course offered jointly by the Schools of Politics and International Relations, Law and History.

The course is ideally suited to those students wishing to pursue professional careers that are informed by diplomacy, mediation and negotiation within areas such as the civil service, commercial negotiation, defence liaison, international financial regulation and journalism, as just a few examples.

Diplomacy provides the vital human framework for the development of international society in a globalising world. Increasingly complex patterns of law, culture, history, economics and politics – both within and between states – are mediated by the practice of diplomacy. The craft of diplomacy, although distinguished by a remarkable and time-honoured pedigree, is ever more essential to mediation and regulation in the contemporary world.

You will be introduced to the advanced study of diplomacy and negotiation, including traditional approaches – which conceive of it as a specialist form of statecraft – and modern conceptions, which embrace areas such as media and cultural diplomacy.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Politics and International Relations web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559