War and Diplomacy


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months


Why Lancaster?

  • Combine the study of warfare and diplomacy to understand the forces that shape international relations
  • Engage with world-leading scholars, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Study these subjects across a broad chronological sweep from medieval times to the present
  • Approach the study of warfare and diplomacy from both a historical and theoretically informed perspective
  • Develop expertise and skills to enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare for doctoral research

For centuries, nation-states have interacted through two principal means: war and diplomacy. Studying with us, you’ll unravel these central elements of world history and contemporary affairs, looking at subjects ranging from warfare in the medieval period to conflict and peace building in the present day.

Invaluable insights

Delivered jointly by the Department of History and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, this programme will provide you with in-depth perspectives on international relations from historical and theoretically informed perspectives.

You might be looking to sharpen your knowledge and skills to become an expert in a particular area. Or perhaps you want to make an impact through a research career. Either way, you’ll explore the factors influencing international relations past and present. And, because the programme is closely linked to the work of the Centre for War and Diplomacy, you’ll have the chance to hear the latest thinking from world-leading scholars and practitioners.

Developing your expertise

We’ve designed this course to explore a whole host of areas, from the development of the interstate system to the contemporary theory and practice of international diplomacy. With a fantastic range of optional modules, you’ll be able to shape your study to your interests too.

A key part of your studies will be carrying out your own research. We’ll help prepare you for this by developing your understanding of international and military history and international relations, and helping you to position yourself in both these disciplines. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready for careers in the academic world and beyond, including rewarding roles in political analysis.


Whether you want to develop your expertise or pursue a research career, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to engage with key debates. You’ll also be able to advance new arguments, informed by a global perspective and a broad chronological understanding.

Your global outlook is something employers will value. Being able to deal with large amounts of data and think analytically will help you stand out too.

Our students have the expertise needed for rewarding careers in the Civil Service and international organisations. Other recent alumni have gone on to work in the museums and heritage sector, including at the Army Flying Museum.

You might also find roles in journalism, risk consultancy or intelligence analysis. Some of our students also continue their journey in academia with a PhD.

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)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 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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