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MA in Diplomacy and International Relations (Distance Learning)


StudentsThe MA Diplomacy and International Relations programme is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. The programme is especially relevant to those thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics. Building on the already very successful campus-based programme, this distance learning master course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. The programme will be offered full-time (12 months, October start) or part-time (24 months, October start). Please contact the programme director Dr Basil Germond for more details. (PDF course leaflet)

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This distance learning MA Diplomacy and International Relations programme is delivered entirely online. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through Moodle VLE and web conferencing system. This introduces students to course tutors, familiarises students with the requirement of the programme and online learning tools and resources (e.g. Moodle VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc).

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The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students' learning experience.

The programme consists of 5 taught distance learning modules and a dissertation. For each module, learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums:

  • PPR400d: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies (Distance)
  • PPR405d: Dissertation (Distance)
  • PPR410d: Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations (Distance)
  • PPR425d: Theorising Security and War (Distance)
  • PPR430d: Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (Distance)
  • PPR431d: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (Distance)

Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). The final component of the course involves a dissertation of 20,000 words, on a research topic of studentsí own choice. Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

How to apply

The distance learning programme has proved very popular. We recommend you submit your application and all supporting documentation as early as possible.

Click here for more information about how to apply for this course, postgraduate entry requirement, fees & funding etc.

Other distance learning course you might be interested: MA/LLM in Diplomacy and International Law (Distance Learning).

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