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MA in Diplomacy and Religion

This new programme is designed to encourage students to consider the practical processes, ideological dynamics and theoretical dimensions involved in the interface of diplomacy and religion. The programme is relevant to those thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics. Distinguished diplomatic and foreign policy practitioners directly contribute to elements of programme. Students may also opt to participate in trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, European Union organisations in Brussels and the Geneva international organisations are planned. In addition to its complementary core modules in diplomacy and religion, the programme uses a wide range of optional modules in, for example, international relations, religious studies, politics, and policy. A 20,000 word dissertation gives students opportunity to undertake an extended project which focuses upon one or a number of dimensions relating to the interface of diplomacy and religion.

Core Modules

  • PPR400:Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • Either PPR430:Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy OR PPR431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR470: Studying Religion

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.

Politics and International Relations

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR410: Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  • PPR411: Approaches to Peace Studies
  • PPR412: International Organisation and Foreign Policy
  • PPR413: Globalisation, the State & Democracy in the Third World
  • PPR414: US Foreign Policy
  • PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
  • PPR416: States, Markets and Globalisation
  • PPR417: The European Union
  • PPR418: Politics & International Relations of the Middle East
  • PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
  • PPR420: Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
  • PPR422: Security and Modernity
  • PPR423: Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • PPR424: Conflict, International Intervention & Global Governance
  • PPR425: Theorising Security and War
  • PPR426: Political Theory and Modernity: Order, Value, and Critique
  • PPR427: Politics and Policymaking in the UK
  • PPR428: Gender, War and Security in International Relations
  • PPR429: Politics and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracy
  • PPR433: Social Capital: Making Democracy Work
  • PPR434: Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East
  • PPR435: International Relations and Politics of South Asia

Religious Studies

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR471: Religion, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • PPR472: Spirit Possession in Contemporary Social Contexts
  • PPR473: Nineteenth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR474: Twentieth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR475: Construction of Gender in Asian Religions
  • PPR476: Classical Islam
  • PPR477: Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought
  • PPR478: Buddhism: State and Society
  • PPR479: Spirituality: Asian Perspectives
  • PPR480: Secularity/Sacrality
  • PPR481: The Qur'an: Hermeneutics and Gender Politics
  • PPR482: Contemporary Issues in South Asian Religions
  • PPR484: Pilgrimage
  • PPR485: World Christianity: Local Issues and Global Processes
  • PPR486: Interrogating Political and Religious Spaces


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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