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Diplomacy and World Order MA

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Overview

Reasons to study Diplomacy and World Order at DMU:

This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the evolution of diplomacy and the way in which diplomacy is practised in the contemporary world. It tackles a number of broader issues that impact on diplomatic processes, such as the way in which states operate in regional organisations such as the European Union, the threat of organised crime and terrorism and the role of multinational corporations and companies. 

  • A wide variety of modules
    The course offers the opportunity to study a wider variety and greater number of modules than comparative degree programmes in other UK universities
  • Add international experience to your CV
    You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal overseas study trips.
  • Learn from internationally renowned staff
    You will be part of a research-rich academic environment with the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned staff and participate in research seminars, conferences and annual lectures
  • Excellent student experience
    Students benefit from the input of high-profile visiting scholars, academic staff with wide geographical subject coverage and the opportunity to participate in study trips abroad

 

Scholarships

DMU offers a range of scholarships to support our students.

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International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country-specific fee discounts for international students.

Visit our fees and funding page for more information.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code: L25072

Duration: One year full-time, two years part time

Start date: September 2022

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £7,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Start date: September 2022

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for EU and international students: £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.
Applications from those with significant professional experience in politics and international relations will be considered individually.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

  • Diplomacy and International Politics – examines the role of diplomacy in the changing international system. You will be able to critique differing explanations of the international environment in which diplomacy operates and review in detail the functions of diplomacy as well as its historical development.
  • Globalisation – globalisation affects business and society at all levels. In this module you will explore the historical background to globalisation and look at the economic, political and commercial contexts of globalisation. You will study globalisation debates and look at the effects of globalisation on various actors. You will also examine the relationship between globalisation and business.
  • Fundamentals of Empirical Social Research  introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in international relations and diplomacy. It will help you to define a research topic and produce a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
  • Post-Cold War World Order  considers the relationship between order and justice in international relations and links this to debates on the new world order that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. You will examine the position of the United States as the sole superpower after the Cold War and the extent to which it has been able to exert its model of order at a global level.

You will choose further elective modules. The following are typical of the elective modules offered:

Please note that the running of modules in any academic year is subject to minimum numbers of students enrolling for each module and the availability of staff.

Dissertation - You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in-depth on a particular aspect of any international relations topic of your choice. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

Full-time option

For the full time option you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Part-time option

For the part time option you should be prepared to devote approximately 19 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 7 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a surgery hour each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 12 hours per work during teaching weeks

Once you have completed all the taught modules, you will then undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and should typically allow around 19 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

The course prepares you for
 senior roles in public and private organisations such as the United Nations or the EU parliament, 
where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.

There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested
 in making a difference and who understand the implications 
of the global financial crisis,
 climate change, diplomacy and sustainable development, healthcare and other issues affecting contemporary society.

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