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Diplomacy, Business and Trade MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:2 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: London
  • Part-time: Up to 4 years
  • School: Loughborough University London

Programme information

This programme provides an in-depth analysis of the practice and development of international business and trade.

You will discover the benefits and challenges of trading in the global marketplace, and will discover how to operate across multiple communities and markets, through new and old trade routes. You will develop your knowledge and widen your skills in globalisation and will be supported in acquiring a critical awareness of the current issues involved in the study of relations between governments, diplomacy, international business and trade. 

Programme aims

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

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a social sciences, humanities or associated subject. Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here


This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only. Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams. Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake. 

Future Career Prospects

This programme will prepare you for a career in business and trade, including the function and purpose of diplomacy in international business development.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

London taught programmesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band (Diplomacy) £10,000 £18,500

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.