MA/Diploma Diplomatic Studies (DL)
We only offer this course via distance learning
This course is designed to:
- Equip you with the specific knowledge, language, and transferable skills necessary to prepare you for entry to practical training in diplomacy or a related profession;
- Encourage you to move into a career in diplomacy and provide you with the skills to help you to succeed;
- Provide a sympathetic understanding of diplomacy for those who wish to develop their knowledge of the subject.
Diplomatic Studies is concerned principally with the modes of diplomacy (for example, the resident ambassador and summitry) and its functions (for example, negotiation and information-gathering).
The subject deals not only with contemporary events but also with the origins of diplomatic institutions and the development of diplomatic law. Diplomatic studies thus embraces those from different disciplines such as history, international law, as well as political science and the range of fields within international relations.
Diplomatic Studies has long been an important element in teaching and research in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Leicester. This Master’s degree programme has been partly designed for those aspiring to a diplomatic career and for professional diplomats requiring additional training. However, depending on choice of options, it is also appropriate for those wishing to pursue careers in government, defence related work, international organizations, journalism, or teaching; or, of course, for those wishing to proceed to a research degree.
You must complete the Art of Negotiation core module (detailed below) plus a further three option modules from those available. If you wish to continue on to the MA, these modules will be followed by your dissertation.
The Core Module: The Art of Negotiation
This module begins with three introductory sessions, the first two of which take the form of lectures. The first deals with certain key concepts of diplomacy, the second with its institutional development from the Renaissance to World War II, and the third with the ministry of foreign affairs. The main part of the module then looks closely at the art of negotiation. Beginning with a consideration of strategy and tactics, it proceeds through the main stages of negotiations, takes in diplomatic momentum en route, and concludes with an examination of the 'packaging' of diplomatic agreements.
Duration and Mode of Study
Two years distance learning.
March and September each year.
Either a first or a good second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects.
We also welcome applicants with relevant professional experience and qualifications.
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to have a qualification such as the British Council International English Language Testing System (score 6.5 or above) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (score 90/575).
How to Apply
Next Step: Request an Information Pack for the Distance Learning programme or Apply Online via the link on the top right of this page.
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