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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy

Academic Year: 2015/16

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough University in London
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy
Programme code LLPT70/LLPT71
Length of programme 1 year up to 4 years
UCAS code N/a
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/london/diplomacy-statecraft-foreign-policy/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:17:22 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of diplomacy deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with the specific subject area.
  • To enable students to acquire a critical awareness of the current issues involved in the study of diplomacy.
  • To provide training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy.
  • To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the field of diplomacy.
  • To equip students with the skills to pursue careers as trained specialists in diplomacy.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

This programme has been developed in line with:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012, especially Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards:
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the QAA, August 2008
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics, the QAA, March 2010
    • The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, the QAA, August 2008
    • The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality
      • Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval
      • Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching
      • Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement
      • Chapter B6: Assessment of students
      • Masters Degrees in Business and Management Benchmark Statement (QAA, 2007) 3.82 Type 2 (Career Development Graduates).  The degree will develop all of the skills identified in 3.10 of the benchmark statement.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of…

  • K1 Concepts and Theoretical Approaches associated with the study of diplomacy and related fields.
  • K2 Current issues affecting the practice of diplomacy and related fields.
  • K3 Research methods appropriate to the study and practice of diplomacy and related fields.
  • K5 Demonstrate intended learning outcomes of a complementary subject as this will help students to appreciate how such study deepens understanding of the influence of Diplomacy.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

  • C1 Identify and critical evaluate concepts and theories appropriate to the study of diplomacy and related fields.
  • C2 Identify and critically apply concepts and theories to case studies of diplomacy and related fields.
  • C3 Identify case studies for analysis in diplomacy and related fields.
  • C4 Demonstrate skills of research design and research methodology relevant to the study of diplomacy and related fields.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

  • P1 Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying diplomacy and related fields.
  • P2 Develop research frameworks for the completion of an independent research project/dissertation pertaining to diplomacy and related fields.
  • P3 Demonstrate timely management of a research project on diplomacy that is consistent with both professional practice and the principles of research ethics in the field of diplomacy and related fields.
  • P4 Manage research materials and findings relevant to the study of diplomacy and related fields.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

  • T1 Undertaking independent study and research
  • T2 Design and complete a research project, manage data, and demonstrate independent learning.
  • T3 Demonstrate decision making abilities in complex situations and exercise of initiative and leadership.
  • T4 Demonstrate written and oral communication and ICT skills.
  • T5 Discuss networking, team working and management skills. 

4. Programme structure

List compulsory and optional modules in each Part semester (Code, title, modular weight).

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

C/O

BSPR03

Emergency Simulations

 

15

 

1

C

NA

Second Subject Module*

 

15

1

C

LLP209

 

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures I

15

1

C

BSPR43

Foreign Policy Analysis

 

15

1

C

LLP210

 

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures II

15

2

C

LLP218

Diplomatic Discourse

 

15

2

C

LLP214**

The Politics and Practice of the EU

 

15

2

O

LLP215**

Economic Diplomacy

 

15

2

O

LLP216**

Economic Global Governance

 

15

2

O

LLP219**

Cultural Projection and Perception

 

15

2

O

LLP220**

Diplomacy and Religion

 

15

2

O

LLP501

Individual Project, Dissertation, Business Plan or Placement

60

 

2

C

*Students taking single subject masters will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules (below) offered by the other LUiL Institutes in the first semester:

Second Subject Modules:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

 

Semester

C/O

LLP401

Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives

15

 

1

O

LLP402

Media and Creative Industries: Contexts and Practices

15

 

1

O

LLP002

Design Thinking (Managing Design & Innovation Process)

15

 

1

O

LLP112

Intro to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds

15

 

1

O

LLP301

Leadership Models and Practices

15

 

1

O

LLP207

Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

15

 

1

O

BSPR50

Management Skills

 

15

1

O

**Students must choose and complete any 2 of the 4 optional modules in semester two to complete the MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of regulation XXI.

All modules available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specified in the Module Specification.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not Applicable.

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