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MAInternational Relations (Diplomacy)

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Diplomacy is at the heart of International Relations and ranges from peaceful negotiations to coercion and economic sanctions. It is often key to the prevention or resolution of conflict and plays a strategic role in other key international issues such as trade and security.

This degree offers insight into both the mechanisms of dialogue between states and the instruments of statecraft commonly employed. It is particularly suitable for students interested in a career in diplomacy, including mid-career students.

Programme structure

Compulsory core module:

40 credits – Diplomacy and Statecraft
60 credits – Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)

You’ll take at least 40 credits from the optional modules A list. These are modules that we believe best fit this degree. We recommend that you also take some or all of your remaining credits from this list.

Optional Modules A (at least 40 credits from the following)

40 credits – Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
40 credits – Globalisation and Governance
We also offer you the opportunity to choose from our much longer list of Optional Modules B.

Optional Modules B (up to 40 credits from the following)

40 credits – Asia Pacific Security
20 credits – Civil War, Conflict & International Intervention
20 credits – Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
40 credits – Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
20 credits – Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
40 credits – European Security
20 credits – Gender and Global Governance
20 credits – The Geopolitical Economy of Energy
20 credits – Global Climate Change
20 credits – Global Environmental Governance
40 credits – Globalisation and Governance
20 credits – Global Ethics 1
20 credits – Global Ethics 2
20 credits – History and Politics of South Africa (CWAS)
40 credits – International Political Economy
40 credits – International Relations Theory
20 credits – Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation
20 credits – The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits – Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits – Power in Global Politics
40 credits – Religion in Global Affairs (Case Studies)
20 credits – Rising Powers and Global Order
40 credits – Security Studies
20 credits – Sex, Death, Gender and (in) Security
20 credits – Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits – Social Theory: From Marxism to Post Marxism
20 credits – Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits – Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits – Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
40 credits – US and Foreign Defence Policy
20 credits – Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits – Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
A modern European Language by arrangement (max. 40 credits)

Career opportunities

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States