What Will You Study
The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law (distance learning) is a flexible and engaging degree that provides an introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by the Law School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), it enables you to deepen your understanding of the social, legal, economic and political issues playing out on the world’s stage.
Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice. These centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the expertise of academics working in the field of research into politics, international relations, legal and socio-legal issues.
The pathway for the LLM/MA ensures a duality in the nature of your studies. Core and elective modules from the Law School and PPR, and a 20,000 word dissertation, enable you to pursue your own interests whilst becoming practiced at looking at issues from different perspectives.
The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing that has been agreed by your academic supervisor. The topic should link to a key legal or political question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor can provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; our aim is that their personal research interests will align with your chosen topic, wherever possible.
The supervising department for your dissertation, and the choice of modules studied, dictate which award you will receive: LLM or MA.
Our distance learning approach typically combines recorded and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, online collaboration and discussion, and group work. We actively encourage you to build a beneficial ‘virtual’ network of academics and peers as you study. Distance learning usually begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through a virtual learning environment (VLE) and web conferencing system. The aim of the orientation is to introduce you to course tutors, set out the requirements of the programme, and familiarise you with the online learning tools and resources (VLE, discussion forums, e-library etc).
You have the opportunity to develop the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, to enhance your analytical and communications skills.
The LLM/MA can also be a stepping stone to PhD study and academia.
Mark Jones, a student on this programme in 2019, commented: "This course provided an excellent challenge, offering a blend of theory and real-life case studies. The learning platform was easy to use and the help and guidance that I received was exemplary. When it came to the disseration, it was reassuring to have a subject specialist allocated as my tutor and to receive measured and insightful guidance. My time as a postgraduate student at Lancaster University has been considerably enhanced thanks to the quality of the tuition, the excellence of the communication and the high calibre of my fellow students."