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This degree brings together the strengths of the former Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) MA degrees, which it replaces. Read more

This degree brings together the strengths of the former Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) MA degrees, which it replaces. It provides an exciting programme suitable for those currently working as language teachers, those who plan to work as language teachers in the future, and those who simply have a strong interest in language learning and teaching.

Core modules cover four areas considered essential to an applied linguistics degree whereas optional modules can be chosen from a range of specialised or broader topics – please see our website for a full list.

Modules

Core modules:

• Principles of Language Teaching

• Second Language Acquisition

• Language Test Construction and Evaluation

• Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language

Optional modules include:

◾Using Corpora in Language Teaching

◾Content-Based Approaches to Language Education

◾Corpus Linguistics

◾English Grammar: A Cognitive Approach

◾Introduction to Discourse Studies

◾Language, Literacies and Digital Communication

◾Sociolinguistics

◾Bilingualism

◾Critical Discourse Analysis

◾Forensic Linguistics

◾Pragmatics

◾Sociophonetics

◾Stylistics

◾Experimental Approaches to Language and Cognition

◾Cognitive Linguistics

◾Curriculum Design in Language Education

◾Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences



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This programme is designed to develop the core skills and knowledge that are required by managers in the arts and cultural sector. Read more
This programme is designed to develop the core skills and knowledge that are required by managers in the arts and cultural sector. It will enable graduates to develop an understanding of the environment within which cultural and creative organisations operate and identify the issues that influence them.

Students will undertake a work placement with a cultural/creative organisation through which they will gain a practical understanding of the ways in which these organisations conduct themselves. The dissertation will allow students to identify a topic that they wish to explore in-depth which may be focused on a significant issue or issues that has impacted on the sector or specific industry.

Modules
• Research Theory and Methods
• Arts Management Practice
• Creative Industries Placement
• Personal Development
• Strategic Thinking in the Arts

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This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. Read more

This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. The programme engages with the work of leading peace and conflict studies scholars, at both conceptual and empirical levels, and draws on evidence from a range of recent armed conflicts.

The programme also addresses techniques in conflict resolution, such as mediation, in order to deepen your understanding, and to develop practical skills in conflict analysis. The programme also uses optional modules from Politics to support the core programme.

You will take five taught modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The programme culminates in the writing of a 20,000-word dissertation in a subject area of your own choosing.

Core Modules

• Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts

• Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Studies

• Dissertation



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This MA is ideal for those considering employment in the field of humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction. It is also relevant to practitioners wishing to study the politics of aid. Read more

This MA is ideal for those considering employment in the field of humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction. It is also relevant to practitioners wishing to study the politics of aid. The programme builds on critical policy research and consultancy that has been completed for a wide range of international organisations.

It addresses the increasing overlap between ‘development’ and ‘security’ and explores the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal, regionalised and networked forms of conflict and instability.

This analysis will broaden your understanding of the present crisis in global security as you go on to study the recent and current responses in humanitarian, developmental and security terms, particularly the links between aid and politics.

Core Modules

• Theorising Security and War

• Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies

• Dissertation



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Offering you the flexibility to pursue a generalist or specialist degree pathway, our Creative Writing MA (Modular) is taught by prize-winning, practising writers and is part of the longest-established Creative Writing scheme in the country. Read more

Offering you the flexibility to pursue a generalist or specialist degree pathway, our Creative Writing MA (Modular) is taught by prize-winning, practising writers and is part of the longest-established Creative Writing scheme in the country. You will be part of a vibrant literary community, honing your critical and creative skills whilst engaging with visiting writers and publishing professionals.

The generalist pathway offers a free choice of modules in prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic forms, whilst the specialist pathway in Poetry, Prose Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction sees two of four modules, and a creative project, focusing on your chosen specialism. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

Your core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Elective modules explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including psychogeographies, short fiction, poetry, landscape writing, the lyric essay, and radio drama. Each module features readings, practical presentations on form, genre and technique, peer feedback (verbal and written), and tutor recommendations on how to develop your own work.

Your postgraduate degree equips you with a portfolio of work and prepares you for PhD research as well as careers in journalism, publishing, literature and reading development, community arts and public relations. Many of our students have gone on to publish works of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The critical, analytical, close reading and editing skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.

Part time and full time study options are available.



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This course offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue an independent writing project in their chosen literary form. Their development as writers is supported by a specialist tutor, who facilitates a combination of weekly workshops (large and small) and personal supervision. Read more

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue an independent writing project in their chosen literary form. Their development as writers is supported by a specialist tutor, who facilitates a combination of weekly workshops (large and small) and personal supervision.

This course will suit the kind of student who has a strong and developed idea for their writing, and who would like personalised support in a small, select group of writers. This course prepares students keen to develop to PhD level, and there is an opportunity to take part in the Creative Writing PhD research as practice collaborative study days.

Students will also complete the Research Methods and Professional Practice modules across the first two terms of their course alongside students enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing (modular).

The course consists of group workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Then as part of the Professional Practice modules, a number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, culminating in the Lancaster Words Festival, giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work or providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms.

Students develop an independent project up to 30,000 words, and a reflective essay up to 5,000 words.



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The Criminology & Criminal Justice MA/LLM is distinct in covering a range of criminal justice and criminological debates. It enables you to engage in more specialised socio-legal studies and offers the opportunity to explore discourse on international human rights, criminal law and transitional justice. Read more

The Criminology & Criminal Justice MA/LLM is distinct in covering a range of criminal justice and criminological debates. It enables you to engage in more specialised socio-legal studies and offers the opportunity to explore discourse on international human rights, criminal law and transitional justice. It opens doors to a wide range of careers.

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, which is research-led and research-informed. You will be taught by lecturers who are nationally and internationally renowned researchers.

The course of study is the same for the MA and the LLM apart from the final dissertation. Core modules are Crime & Criminal Justice in the 21st Century, Criminological Theory, and Criminological Research in Practice. You’ll also choose three from: International Criminal Law; International Human Right Law; International Terrorism and the Law; Gender, Sexualities and Human Rights; and Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Peace Building. You’ll complete your degree with either a Criminology or Criminal Justice Dissertation (MA), or a Law Dissertation (LLM).

Your postgraduate degree leads to research jobs in the Home Office, Probation Service, and Social Services, and to work with non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS, educational institutions and charities working with young offenders or victims of crime. You will develop the skills required to critically evaluate criminological research, which are highly prized by employers in both the public and private sectors. The analytical and communications skills developed through your studies are a real boost if you opt for a career outside of the criminal justice sector.



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The course will help you to develop an understanding of contemporary design management. It prepares graduates for careers as design consultants, managers, researchers and design-led, change-makers in private and public organisations, as well as for doctoral study. Read more

The course will help you to develop an understanding of contemporary design management. It prepares graduates for careers as design consultants, managers, researchers and design-led, change-makers in private and public organisations, as well as for doctoral study. You will develop modes of thinking critical to the challenges design managers face across a range of real-world situations. The course explores design management from a range of future-oriented perspectives, including service design, design for sustainability, design strategy, and design and branding. An Imagination Lab – an intensive project-based design studio – enables students to undertake a deep dive into a complex design challenge.

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below

• Design Research Methods

• Design Management

• Major Research Project

• Contemporary Issues in Design

• Imagination Lab

• Design and Business

• Design Directions



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This programme is designed to introduce you to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy and foreign policy. It is especially relevant if you are thinking about, or currently working in, diplomacy, international NGOs, and global policy and politics. Read more

This programme is designed to introduce you to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy and foreign policy. It is especially relevant if you are thinking about, or currently working in, diplomacy, international NGOs, and global policy and politics.

Distinguished diplomatic and foreign policy practitioners contribute to elements of the programme, which may include student trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, or international organisations in Geneva.

You will take five taught modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The programme culminates in the writing of a 20,000-word dissertation in a subject area of your own choosing.

Core Modules

• Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

• Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

• Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Studies

• Dissertation



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The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Read more

The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by our prestigious Law School and the highly ranked and regarded 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 influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the much sought-after expertise of academics working at the forefront 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.

Your core modules are: Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; International Law; Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; and a Dissertation. You will choose further elective modules from Law and Politics - the breadth of choice allows you to tailor your interests and develop particular specialisms. Elective modules include (amongst many others): Law and Global Health; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law; European Union Law; Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts; Theorising Security and War; Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Peace Building; and Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations.

The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will 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 will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; their personal research interests will closely 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.

Our teaching approach draws upon distinguished practitioners with experience in the field and may include student trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, European Union organisations in Brussels, and international organisations in Geneva. We provide teaching and supervision by leading scholars in their fields and, in addition, we involve politicians, diplomats, civil servants and journalists in the delivery of the programmes.

Your postgraduate LLM/MA degree opens doors to a huge range of careers and provides high-level training for those pursuing careers in areas such as foreign and international affairs, national and international non-governmental organisations, journalism and international business.

You will develop: the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, analytical and communications skills. All of which are a real boost in any sector and highly prized by employers.

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



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The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Read more

The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by our prestigious Law School and the highly ranked and regarded 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 influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the much sought-after expertise of academics working at the forefront 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.

Your core modules are: Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; International Law; Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; and a Dissertation. You will choose further elective modules from Law and Politics - the breadth of choice allows you to tailor your interests and develop particular specialisms. Elective modules include (amongst many others): Law and Global Health; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law; European Union Law; Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts; Theorising Security and War; Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Peace Building; and Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations.

The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will 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 will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; their personal research interests will closely 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.

Our teaching approach draws upon distinguished practitioners with experience in the field and may include student trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, European Union organisations in Brussels, and international organisations in Geneva. We provide teaching and supervision by leading scholars in their fields and, in addition, we involve politicians, diplomats, civil servants and journalists in the delivery of the programmes.

Your postgraduate LLM/MA degree opens doors to a huge range of careers and provides high-level training for those pursuing careers in areas such as foreign and international affairs, national and international non-governmental organisations, journalism and international business.

You will develop: the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, analytical and communications skills. All of which are a real boost in any sector and highly prized by employers.

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



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This online MA programme in Diplomacy and International Relations is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. Read more

This online MA programme in Diplomacy and International Relations is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. The programme is especially relevant to those thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics.

The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students’ learning experience. Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

Modules

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

◾Dissertation (distance)

◾Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (distance learning)

◾Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Studies (distance)

◾Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations (distance)

◾Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (distance)

Optional

◾Religion and Conflict (distance learning)

◾Global Corporations: Legal & Political Economic Issues (distance)

◾Theorising Security and War (distance)



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This programme is designed to encourage you to consider the practical processes, ideological dynamics and theoretical dimensions involved in the interface of diplomacy and religion. Read more

This programme is designed to encourage you to consider the practical processes, ideological dynamics and theoretical dimensions involved in the interface of diplomacy and religion.

The programme is especially relevant if you are thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics. Core modules are supported by selected Politics modules. You will take five taught modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.

Distinguished diplomatic and foreign policy practitioners contribute to elements of the programme, which may include student trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London or international organisations in Geneva.

Core Modules

• Studying Religion

• Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Study

• Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

• Dissertation



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This MA is an innovative programme specifically designed to give you the competence to undertake empirical work in discourse studies by drawing on both linguistic and social theory. Read more

This MA is an innovative programme specifically designed to give you the competence to undertake empirical work in discourse studies by drawing on both linguistic and social theory. The MA enables you to explore discourse in areas such as politics, law, business, media and health, whilst developing skills in a range of analytical methods. Support for your studies is provided by the non-credit Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module which runs in terms 1, 2 and 3.

Modules

Core modules:

• Introduction to Discourse Studies

• Critical Discourse Analysis

• Pragmatics

• Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language

Optional modules:

◾Corpus Linguistics

◾English Grammar: A Cognitive Approach

◾Language, Literacies and Digital Communication

◾Principles of Language Teaching

◾Second Language Acquisition

◾Sociolinguistics

◾Using Corpora in Language Teaching

◾Experimental Approaches to Language and Cognition

◾Cognitive Linguistics

◾Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences

◾Bilingualism

◾Content-Based Approaches to Language Education

◾Curriculum Design in Language Education

◾Forensic Linguistics

◾Language Test Construction and Evaluation

◾Sociophonetics

◾Stylistics



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