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The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides an introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by the Law School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), it enables you to deepen your understanding of the social, legal, economic and political issues playing out on the world’s stage.

Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice. These centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the expertise of academics working in the field of research into politics, international relations, legal and socio-legal issues.

The pathway for the LLM/MA ensures a duality in the nature of your studies. Core and elective modules from the Law School and PPR and a 20,000 word dissertation enable you to pursue your own interests whilst becoming practiced at looking at issues from different perspectives.

The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing that has been agreed together with your academic supervisor. The topic should link to a key legal or political question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor can provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; our aim is that their personal research interests will align with your chosen topic, wherever possible.

The supervising department for your dissertation, and the balance of modules studied, dictate which award you will receive: LLM or MA.

You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to critically evaluate research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, to enhance your analytical and communication skills.

The LLM/MA can also be an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.


Visit the Diplomacy and International Law - LLM/MA page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

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