Keele University

Keele University

Diplomatic Studies

This course provides a solid, advanced grounding in the legal foundations, and the theory and practice of diplomacy. Many students on the course are from diplomatic backgrounds, and so the course provides a useful link between the worlds of academia and of practical policy-making.

Entry requirements

Prospective students should have a 1st or good 2nd class honours degree, or its equivalent. This 1st degree should be in politics or international relations, or any other social science subject (e.g. law or sociology), or a humanities subject (e.g. history, philosophy, English, or modern languages). Where English is not a 1st language, proof of English language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test).

Course modules

Core modules: power, knowledge and the world; perspectives in politics and international relations; research in action; dissertation. Optional modules include: the changing international agenda; diplomatic law; diplomatic practice; environmental diplomacy.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed by a diverse range of coursework (e.g., essays, critiques, reports, presentations), though some modules may also be assessed by seminar contributions and/or written exams. Students take three modules in each semester. The taught modules are completed by May, leaving the summer months for students to write their dissertation.

Sponsorship information

For MA and MRes, departmental funding may be available; for MRes ESRC funding may also be available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,585 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 1,998 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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