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Diplomacy and Security Studies (Distance Learning) - PG Dip

Why study this course?

In uncertain times, diplomatic activity plays an increasingly big role in national security. This distance learning course combines the study of international relations and professional diplomacy with insights from the security services to offer a unique multidisciplinary curriculum.

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Taught via Informa’s online learning platform, this course allows you to set your own schedule and to fit your studies around work or other commitments.

But flexible distance learning doesn’t mean missing out on high-calibre tuition. This course is taught by leading experts in each of the relevant fields, who deliver their lectures via video and audio files and tutorial discussions.

With growing links between security services and international diplomacy, this course bridges the gap between critical thinking and practical knowledge. You’ll examine the threat posed by terrorism on a local, national and international level, as well as studying economic and social inequality, the rise of new powers and the influence of the state.

At the end of the course you’ll complete a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. You’ll discuss the potential challenges and approaches to your field of interest, ethical and moral issues and the organisations involved.


You'll be assessed through coursework submitted online via Turnitin.

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant second class honours degree (such as in criminology, social or political science), or an overseas equivalent qualification

Alternatively a graduate level professional qualification and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) may be accepted.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who have English as a second language will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

The MSc programme is comprised of seven modules. You can apply direct for the MSc level but also have the option to enrol at Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) level as well.

The PGCert level is three modules of study, the PGDip comprises the same three modules plus three others and the MSc is all six modules plus a dissertation. If you enrol at one of the lower levels you also have the option of continuing your studies at the higher level on the same or future intakes. Further fees will apply.

The study modules include:

  • Security Studies
  • Intelligence Analysis Theory and Practice of Modern Diplomacy
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • International Relations in the Contemporary World
  • Contemporary issues in Crime
  • Safety and Security
  • Dissertation

This course provides the perfect grounding for a career in the security and intelligence field or in diplomacy and international relations. You may be interested in going on to a career in counter-terrorism or homeland security, or even in law or political journalism.

Graduates will complete their studies with the skills and expertise to pursue careers at organisations such as the European Union or United Nations.

The fees include an application fee which is due when you apply and is then deducted from the fees once you have been accepted. There is normally a discount on the fees if you apply early in the process.

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How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

Applications for this course are processed via our partner Informa (you should not apply to the University direct as you can only apply via Informa).

When you apply, you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a scanned copy of your passport and the application fee. These can all be uploaded via the online application form.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are the course.

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