Building on the already very successful campus-based programme, this distance learning course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. Delivered entirely online the programme is designed to introduce students to the fields of diplomacy and international law and leads to a LLM. This programme is also available as a MA with a slightly different module choice and dissertation.
The programme draws upon modules from the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and the Law School. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through a virtual learning environment (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 (eg VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc.). 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.
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You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (distance learning)
Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (distance)
International Human Rights (Distance Learning)
The Law of International Organisations (Distance Learning)
Dissertation (80 credits / distance)
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.
You can apply until:
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You need the following IELTS score:
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An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent. Relevant professional qualifications and experience will also be considered.
Assessment: Online participation, assignments (essay preparatory tasks) plus a 5,000 word essay and a dissertation
This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.
To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarship, studentships and bursaries.
We offer a range of scholarships awarded directly through our faculties and departments. The majority of these scholarships offer support towards fees, although some may also contribute towards living costs.
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