Programme information

This programme provides an umbilical link between theory and practice, providing training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy. You will learn in an environment tailor-made for the development of diplomatic skills at an inspiring new campus in London, one of the world’s greatest cities and home to 163 Embassies and High Commissions. 

You will be provided with a specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of diplomacy deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with practice in the field. Our students are challenged to acquire a critical awareness of the New World Order and how this concept relates to current issues involved in the study of diplomacy, learning from the past to deal with the challenges of the future.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a social sciences, humanities or associated subject.

Overseas qualification equivalencies

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for 2018-19 entry are:

  • £10,250 (UK/EU)
  • £19,000 (International)

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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Programme aims

  • To provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of diplomacy deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with the specific subject area
  • To enable students to acquire a critical awareness of the current issues involved in the study of diplomacy
  • To provide training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy
  • To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the field of diplomacy
  • To equip students with the skills to pursue careers as trained specialists in diplomacy

Programme modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

To qualify for the award of the MSc degree in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy you must complete five compulsory modules, choose any two optional modules and choose one module from the second subject modules list, totalling 120 credits. Students must also complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

In the first semester, students will pick a subject from the list of nominated Second Subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University London Institutes.

All students taking MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy will be given specific guidance on optional choices to help them make the correct choice for their chosen career development path.

Core modules

Dissertation

The Dissertation module will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark on your own research project. You will have the choice of three dissertation pathways:
 
  • A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of the student's choice
  • A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  • An Internship within an organisation during which time students will complete a project as part of their role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
  • By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you will achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and will produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in more detail.
 
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
 
  • The importance of project planning;
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis or research question;
  • The ethical implications of research;
  • The relevant empirical data and methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area;
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data;
  • The areas of expertise or publications of the major individuals or organisations in the subject or business area;
  • The previous research or current knowledge in the specific subject or business area;
  • Theoretical perspectives relevant to your chosen topic;
  • The most effective methods of presentation for data or knowledge;
  • Developing a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area;
  • Synthesising relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data) to construct a coherent argument in response to your research question, hypothesis or business problem;
  • Analysing primary or secondary data collected by an appropriate method;
  • Critically evaluating data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information;
  • Engaging in critical debate and argumentation in written work;
  • Applying principles of good scholarly practice to your written work;
  • Performing appropriate literature searching/business information searching using library databases or other reputable sources;
  • Planning a research project and producing a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines;
  • Synthesising information from appropriate sources;
  • Demonstrating rational use of research method tools;
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills;
  • Demonstrating effective project planning skills;
  • Finding and evaluating scholarly sources;
  • Engaging in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Demonstrating effective report writing skills;
  • Recognising and using resources effectively;
  • Successfully managing a project from idea to completion;
  • Demonstrating commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment.
 
Assessment
100% Coursework consisting of:
 
  • 20% Literature review
  • 20% Research proposal
  • 60% Dissertation report/essay

Collaborative Project

With a multi-talented group of students, you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem.
 
Together with your student team, you will research and build solutions to a business problem, supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. Previous clients include Foster + Partners, Speedo, The London Legacy Development Corporation as well as many other companies, start-ups and charities.
 
The Collaborative Project provides a means for you to engage in critical enquiry and to be exposed to project-based teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings. By undertaking this module, you will strengthen your cooperative and collaborative working skills and competencies, whilst raising your awareness and appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity and differences.
 
The Collaborative Project aims to provide you with a hands-on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice-oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions. Alongside the collaborative elements of the module, you will be provided with opportunities to network with stakeholders, organisations and corporations, which will give you the experience and skills needed to connect to relevant parties and potentially develop future employment opportunities.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, you will be able to:
 
  • Work effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams;
  • Undertake and contribute towards a project-based development process;
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and creative methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems at hand;
  • Identify user and stakeholder needs and value creation opportunities, whilst collecting and applying evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate insights, practices and solutions;
  • Identify, structure, reflect on key issues and propose solutions to problems in creative ways;
  • Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives;
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders;
  • Plan and execute a project plan including scope, resources and timing;
  • Effectively communicate ideas, methods and results to a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Use multiple, state-of-the-art date media and technologies to communicate with collaborators;
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations.
Assessment
100% Coursework consisting of:
 
  • 20% Group project proposal
  • 20% Individual reflection
  • 30% Final Project Report
  • 30% Project deliverables to the client

Foreign Policy Analysis

Introduction: What is foreign policy analysis? Explaining foreign policy: the system level. Explaining foreign policy: the nation-state level. Explaining foreign policy: the level of the individual decision-maker. Interests, norms and ethics: the critical evaluation of foreign policy. Case 1. US foreign policy. Case 2. UK foreign policy. Case 3. Russia foreign policy. Case 4. China foreign policy. The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis I: Resilience and International Crisis Management. The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis II: Interplay of International Institutions and Global Arena.
 
The aim of this module is to the aim of this module is for you to understand the conceptual tools of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), acquire specific knowledge relevant to an understanding of the foreign policies of key state actors in the global arena, and develop awareness of the issues and policy contexts that shape these policies.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Situate the analysis of foreign policy within the field of International Relations;
  • Identify and deploy the key concepts and terminology of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA);
  • Identify and evaluate key issues shaping the formulation and implementation of foreign policy;
  • Apply this knowledge to specific cases of foreign policy decision-making and compare these cases in a systematic manner;
  • Locate FPA information and evidence from primary and secondary sources;
  • Identify the main approaches to the study of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Comparative Foreign Policy (CFP);
  • Critically assess foreign policy practice;
  • Employ critical judgement in relation to case studies of US and UK foreign policy;
  • Locate and use appropriate evidence base in a critical essay;
  • Reflect on their own learning and use constructive feedback from the module tutor, and peers.
 
Assessment 
100% Coursework consisting of:
 
  • 40% Essay 1
  • 60% Essay 2

Diplomatic Discourse

The modules includes: speech art theory; critical discourse analysis; diplomatic drafting framing/reframing; handling/withholding information; explicit/implicit language, genres and registers, creative ambiguity and speech writing/analysis.
 
The aim of this module to introduce you to the theoretical approaches to the study of language and to develop competence in effective diplomatic discourse and communication.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Critically evaluate verbal and written diplomatic texts, norms and conventions;
  • Analyse diplomatic discourses and diplomatic speech/speech-writing;
  • Critically demonstrate awareness of language choices in diplomatic exchanges and dialogue;
  • Critically assess diplomatic texts, argumentation and persuasion;
  • Identify appropriate sources of diplomatic language, speech and speech-writing and information handling; - formulate research questions and research strategies for studying diplomatic discourse;
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills;
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience;
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills;
  • Communication and ICT Skills;
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of diplomatic discourse and communication.
 
Assessment
100% Coursework consisting of:
 
  • 40% Critical Report
  • 60% Presentation

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures 1

This module will give you an introduction into the Evolution of the international system, Diplomacy and International Relations; The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations; Defining and Implementing Foreign Policy, Diplomatic negotiation and international bargaining; International Diplomacy in the 21st Century.
 
The aim of this module to introduce you to the concepts and theories underpinning the study of international diplomacy, with particular reference to the dynamics of diplomacy.
 
Learning Outcomes
  • Critically evaluate the concepts and theories of diplomacy as the exercise of political influence that includes strategies, tactics and techniques
  • Analyse the processes of diplomatic policy-making including alternative models of how policy evolves
  • Critically evaluate the importance of assessment, advocacy, bargaining and persuasion as dynamic features of the study of diplomacy
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of differing problem-solving methods
  • Critically assess concepts and ethics of diplomacy in a professional environment
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of diplomacy
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying diplomacy
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills
  • Communication and ICT skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of diplomacy
 
Assessment
  • 30% Presentation
  • 70% Critical Report

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures 2

The aim of this module to introduce you to the context, challenges and skills of diplomatic practice in a rapidly changing international environment.
 
Learning Outcomes
  • Critically evaluate the context of international political, cultural and economic relations within which diplomacy takes place
  • Analyse the processes of negotiation within international diplomacy
  • Critically evaluate the important of key international events on the practice of diplomacy today
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of differing problem-solving approaches to diplomatic practice
  • Critically assess the impact of ethnic and regional conflicts on the conduct of diplomats
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of diplomacy, including assessments of diplomatic situations
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for informing diplomatic practice
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills
  • Communication and ICT Skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to diplomatic practice
 
Assessment
  • 30% Case study
  • 70% Exam

Optional modules

Economic Diplomacy

Definitions of Economic Diplomacy, approaches to free trade and international trade, investment climates and the role of attracting foreign direct investments (FDI), Governmental economic policy instruments, soft and civilian power, the role of sanctions, the emergence of international economic institutions, the role of multinational corporations, Economic diplomacy of governments and governing diplomacy with multinational corporations and international institutions.
 
The aim of this module is to introduce you to key concepts and the practice of Economic Diplomacy.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Critically evaluate the main theoretical and analytical perspectives of Economic Diplomacy with the field of international relations;
  • Analyse the linkages between theoretical perspectives and their application to practical case studies of: Economic Diplomacy; - critically evaluate the contemporary challenges of Economic Diplomacy - critically evaluate theories and conceptual approaches appropriate to the study of Economic Diplomacy;
  • critically apply theories and concepts to case studies of Economic Diplomacy;
  • Identify case studies of Economic Diplomacy;
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying Economic Diplomacy;
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills;
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience;
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills;
  • Communication and ICT Skills;
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of Economic Diplomacy.
 
Assessment
  • 30% Presentation
  • 70% Critical Report

Economic Global Governance

Introduction; Understanding the global economy; Global Governance and Global Economic Governance; The Workings of Global Governance; Issues and Challenges; The global financial system; The Challenges of Interdependence; Public Policy; Corporate Actions and the Global Economy; Diplomacy and Global Governance.
 
The aim of this module to assess the validity of economic factors in international affairs and to understand the development and dynamics of the global economy and global governance.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Critically evaluate the role of economic factors in international affairs;
  • Analyse the development and dynamics of the global economy and global governance;
  • Critically demonstrate awareness of the workings of global governance today;
  • Critically assess concepts and practice of global governance ;
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of the global economy and global governance; - formulate research questions and research strategies for studying global governance;
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills;
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience;
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills;
  • Communication and ICT Skills;
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of global economic governance.
 
Assessment
  • 40% Critical Report
  • 60% Presentation

The Politics and Practice of the EU

The aim of this module is for students to understand the institutions and decision-making procedures of the European Union (EU) as well as key policy domains that are of particular interest to diplomacy and diplomatic perspectives.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Situate the analysis of European Integration and the European Union (EU);
  • Identify and deploy the key concepts, theories and terminology of European Integration;
  • Identify and evaluate key institutions and decision-making procedures of the European Union (EU);
  • Apply this knowledge to selected policy fields.
  • Locate studies of European Integration and the European Union (EU) from primary and secondary
  • sources;
  • Identify the main approaches to the study of European Integration and the European Union (EU);
  • Critically assess the practical workings of the European Union (EU);
  • Employ critical judgement in relation to case studies of selected EU policy areas;
  • Locate and appropriate evidence base in a critical report.
  • Reflect on their own learning and use constructive feedback from the module tutor, and peers.

Assessment

  • 100% coursework

Second subject modules (your choice of one)

Sport Media and Marketing

This module will include: the main themes that underpin media and marketing, the evolution of media and marketing in a sport context, the practices and techniques for effective sport media and marketing, the types of media and marketing, and consumer and fan engagement.
 
The aims of this module are to be introduced to key concepts in sport media and marketing and to develop understanding of the nature of sport media and marketing.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Assess the major theories, principles, and concepts surrounding sport media and marketing;
  • Apply techniques and practices involved in conceptualising and developing a marketing plan;
  • Gather, analyse, and present sport media and marketing ideas and concepts;
  • Apply sport media and marketing principles that can be utilised in different sport environments;
  • Demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility;
  • Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally.
 
Assessment
  • 40% Sponsorship Pitch
  • 60% Marketing Plan

Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

The theory of entrepreneurship and the importance of entrepreneurial action to the innovation process; the contemporary business environment; micro and macro environments; intellectual property; funding & finance; project management; corporate responsibility & sustainability; governance; ethics; business planning; strategy; risk analysis and failure.
 
The aim of this module is to equip you with an in depth knowledge of the innovation process, its importance to the economy and an understanding of all of the various factors affecting its success including intellectual property, funding and strategy. We will introduce the academic theories of entrepreneurship and analyse the personality traits and behaviours associated with entrepreneurs.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Innovation as a process;
  • Identify the academic theories of entrepreneurship;
  • Identify the factors influencing the success of organisations;
  • Relate innovation theory to the performance of organisations;
  • Use investigative and research skills;
  • Demonstrate effective report writing skills.
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness.
 
Assessment
100% Coursework consisting of:
 
  • 50% Report 1
  • 50% Report 2

Design Thinking

The module will include: visualization, using imagery to envision possible future conditions; journey mapping, assessing the existing experience through the customer's eyes, using customer oriented data collection techniques; value chain analysis, assessing the current value chain that supports the customer's journey; mind mapping, generating insights from exploration activities and using those to create; design criteria; brainstorming, generating ideas; rapid concept development, assembling innovative elements into a coherent proposition that can be explored and evaluated; rapid ‘prototyping', expressing a new concept in a tangible form for exploration, consumer testing, and refinement; consumer testing; and storytelling.
 
The aim of this module is to enhance your ability to use design approaches and tools for identifying and implementing human centred innovation opportunities. You will be expected to deploy knowledge learned in this module into parallel running Collaborative Project module.
 
Learning Outcomes
The module will introduce you to a systematic design-based approach aimed at identifying and implementing user centered innovation opportunities.
 
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Identify when and how to use range of Design Thinking tools;
  • Select appropriate tools to inform project development;
  • Appropriate use of the Design Thinking tools in a parallel module;
  • Develop communication skills in diverse teams;
  • Developed a systematic approach to tackle complex projects;
  • Apply tools in a project context;
  • Work with variety of stakeholders;
  • Understand how to tackle `wicked' problems;
  • Be able to deliver a succinct presentation to communicate key facts.
 
Assessment
  • 10% Presentation
  • 20% Peer Feedback
  • 70% Report

The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries

The module content will include: defining media and creative industries; ownership, concentration and control in media and creative industries; innovation and technological change; media and creative markets; business models in media and creative industries; copyright; global media cities; clustering of media and creative industries; media and cultural policy.
 
The aim of this module is to introduce you to key critical debates relating to the economics of media and creative industries and their social, cultural and political implications.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Understand how and why the media and creative industries have been defined;
  • Understand the importance of industrial structure in media and creative industries;
  • Understand the implications of innovation and technological change for media and creative industries;
  • Understand changing business models in media and creative industries;
  • Understand the importance of copyright and how this is affected by technological change;
  • Understand why media and creative industries cluster in particular spaces and cities;
  • Understand the globalisation of media and creative industries;
  • Understand media and cultural policy.
  • Identify, debate and evaluate relevant critical perspectives on media and creative industries;
  • Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions of contrasting perspectives;
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and creative industries;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the behaviour of firms in media and creative industries;
  • Understand emerging trends in media and creative industries;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.
 
Assessment
  • 100% Coursework

Introduction to Digital Technologies

This module will cover mobile networks and cloud technologies. The first part of the module includes an introduction to the latest mobile broadband and communication technologies, including their network architectures and radio interface protocols, covering 3GPP LTE mobile broadband radio access, network architecture, and radio interface architecture. The second part includes a brief overview of the cloud technology and covers the service and deployment models, media cloud applications and challenges, mobile clouds, relations of clouds with handling big data, and privacy and security issues in cloud services.
 
The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge in advanced mobile networks and cloud systems, including their architectures, protocols, and relations to big data.
 
Learning Outcomes
 On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Display knowledge of mobile communication networks, cloud systems and their interactions with each other as well as with data and media processing and communications, and be able to relate their knowledge to real-world examples.
  • Mobile broadband communication technologies, including their network architectures and radio interface protocols;
  • Mobile broadband access techniques, systems performances and limitations;
  • The principles of cloud computing technology, media clouds and applications, and the associated challenges;
  • Relations of clouds to handling big data and importance of security in clouds;
  • Apply gained knowledge and skills in understanding the functioning of mobile broadband systems and relating the knowledge to real-world examples;
  • Comprehend the concepts pertaining to the cloud systems, and their relations to the media applications, big data and security;
  • Apply gained knowledge in mobile broadband communication in understanding the different wireless communication techniques and the system performance;
  • Apply gained knowledge in the cloud principles and their operation in real world scenarios;
  • Apply their critical analysis and problem solving skills in the industry for tackling problems and providing solutions for both mobile communications and cloud services;
  • Demonstrate competitiveness in both mobile networks and cloud systems.
 
Assessment
  • 30% Coursework
  • 70% Exam

Future career prospects

Graduates of this programme will be equipped with the advanced skills and expertise in order to pursue a career as a trained specialist in diplomacy, international and communication or another related field.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

 

Your personal development

Enterprise Through the Curriculum is an intrinsic element of every master’s programme at Loughborough University London and has been carefully designed to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream role. From employability profiling to live group projects set by a business or organisation, and from site visits to organisation-based dissertation opportunities, Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s experience.

Assessments

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams. Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

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