War and Diplomacy


  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months


For centuries, nation-states have typically interacted through two principal means: war and diplomacy. This interdisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore these central elements of world history and contemporary affairs from the medieval period to the present.

Delivered jointly by the Department of History and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the programme allows you to gain an understanding of international relations from historical and theoretically informed perspectives. Subjects explored include the development of the interstate system, the evolution of warfare, and the contemporary theory and practice of international diplomacy. The programme is closely aligned with the Centre for War and Diplomacy, which provides access to talks from world-leading scholars and practitioners.

Equally suited to those seeking professional development or pursuing a research career, this programme will support you to develop vital analytical skills and a deep understanding of the major forces shaping international relations in the past and present.

The Master's programme provides the opportunity to:

  • Combine the study of warfare and diplomacy to achieve an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping international relations
  • Study these subjects across a broad chronological range from medieval times to the present
  • Approach the study of warfare and diplomacy from both a historical and theoretically informed perspective
  • Work with scholars from different disciplines who are experts in the study of warfare and diplomacy
  • Engage with the work of world-leading scholars, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through the Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Develop expertise and skills to enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare for doctoral research

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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History, Politics and International Relations or related discipline

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £9,910 £4,955
International £21,000 £10,500

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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