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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy

Academic Year: 2017/18

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 Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy
Programme code LLPT74/LLPT75
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/security-peace-building-diplomacy/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:26:49 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of the study of and the relationship between diplomacy and international security and peace-building 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 the relations between diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • To provide training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the related fields of diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • To equip students with the skills to pursue careers as trained specialists in diplomacy with particular reference to international security and peace-building.

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

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 to the study of diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • K2 Current issues affecting the practice of diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • K3 Research methods appropriate to the study and practice of diplomacy and related fields.
  • K4 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, international security and peace-building.
  • C2 Identify and critically apply concepts and theories to case studies of diplomacy with particular reference to international security and peace-building.
  • C3 Identify case studies for analysis in diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • 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 that is consistent with both professional practice and the principles of research ethics in the field of diplomacy, international security and peace-building.
  • 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

LLP008

Collaborative Project

 

15

 

1

C

NA

Second Subject Module*

 

15

1

C

LLP209

 

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures I

15

1

C

LLP226

 

Peace-building

15

1

C

LLP210

 

Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures II

15

2

C

LLP228

International Security

 

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

 

LLP218**

Diplomatic Discourse

 

15

2

O

LLP212**

Guiding Diplomacy: The Hidden Hand of Secret Intelligence and Espionage

15

2

O

LLP501

Dissertation

60

 

2

C

*Students taking single subject masters will pick the second subject below offered in the first semester:

Second Subject Modules:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

 

Semester

C/O

 

 

 

 

 

 

LLP002

Design Thinking

15

1

O

LLP207 Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15 1 O
LLP314 Sport Media and Marketing 15 1 O
LLP415 The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries 15 1 O
LLP112 Introduction to Digital Technologies 15 1 O

**Students must choose and complete any 2 of the 4 optional modules in semester two to complete the MSc Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy. 

To complete the PG Cert in Security, Peace-Building and Diplomacy students must complete 4 x 15 credit modules. To complete the PG Dip in Security, Peace-Building and Diplomacy students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules.

All students taking MSc Security, Peace-Building and Diplomacy will be given specific guidance on optional choices to help them make the correct choice for their chosen career development path.

 

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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