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Diplomacy and Law - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Develop your negotiation skills and working knowledge of international legal procedures and practices with this innovative course in diplomacy and law. Climate change, global financial crises and humanitarian disasters are just a few of the pressing topics you’ll explore. Enjoy visits to embassies across London, speeches from serving diplomats and a work placement in your final year. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This cutting-edge course provides an excellent grounding in contemporary world politics and you'll gain a working knowledge of international legal procedures and practices as well as valuable negotiation skills.

You'll explore the evolving nature of both diplomatic and international legal practice, examining, among other questions, the growing diplomatic presence on the world stage of international organisations, nongovernmental organisations and other actors, thanks in large part to developments in information and communication technology.

You’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience in the field and will be given the opportunity to pursue specific interests, such as a particular region (such as the Middle East) or issue (like the environment), or to study a language.

This is a practical course that develops your employability for a range of careers. You'll be encouraged to take a one semester or year-long placement module with a relevant organisation and to attend lectures and talks from serving and former diplomats. You’ll also enjoy visits to institutions such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and various embassies across the city.

Assessment

In addition to essays and a very small number of examinations, modes of assessment include practical assignments such as reports, presentations, portfolios comprising blog entries and other forms of reflective writing, briefing papers, individual and group research projects, and case studies.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended degree (including Foundation year).

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

Our graduates have won positions within the UK Department for International Development and other government departments, the United Nations, their national diplomatic services, regional organisations and leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Members of the course teaching team have nationally-recognised expertise in developing students’ employability, and the practical dimension of the course will enable you to promote yourself effectively in the competitive job market.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study or research. High numbers of graduates embark on postgraduate courses in diplomacy, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, international relations, international human rights law, and international public policy at prestigious institutions of higher education both in the UK and around the world.

The law modules for this course will be taught at London Met's Moorgate campus. All other modules will be taught at our Holloway campus.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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