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MSc Diplomacy, Business and Trade

Course Description


This programme provides an extensive overview of the practice and development of international business and economic diplomacy.
The challenges of trading in the global village, multiple communities and markets driving world commerce through new and old trade routes are dissected in this programme. You will learn in an environment tailor-made for the development of skills in globalisation and will be supported in acquiring a critical awareness of the current issues involved in the study of relations between diplomacy and international business and trade.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/international-diplomacy-business-and-trade/

Programme Aims

a) 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.

b) 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.

c) To provide training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy, international business and trade.

d) To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the related fields of diplomacy, international business and trade.

e) To equip students with the skills to pursue careers as trained specialists in diplomacy with particular reference to international business and trade.

Programme Structure

To qualify for the award of the MSc degree in Diplomacy, Business and Trade you must complete five compulsory modules, choose any two optional modules and choose one module from the second subject modules list, totalling 120 credits. Students must also complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

In the first semester, students will pick a subject from the list of nominated Second Subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University in London Institutes.

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


Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.


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


- Dissertation
- Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures 1
- Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures 2
- Emergency Simulations
- International Business and Trade
- Economic Global Governance


Choose two modules only
- The Politics and Practice of the European Union
- Economic Diplomacy
- Diplomatic Discourse
- Cultural Projection and Perception
- Diplomacy and Religion


Choose one module only
- Design Thinking
- Media and Creative Industries: Context and Practices
- Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives
- Introduction to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds
- Leadership Models and Practices: Applications to a Sport Context
- Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Management Skills

Find more information on modules here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/international-diplomacy-business-and-trade/

Loughborough University London offers a collaborative, innovative and inspiring learning environment, bringing together world-leading scholars, dynamic organisations and creative individuals with the emerging talent and leaders of tomorrow.
Our programmes, which combine real-world learning with theory-rich lectures, are delivered through our five institutes and academy:
- Institute for Design Innovation
- Institute for Digital Technologies
- Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development
- Institute for Sport Business
- Institute for Media and Creative Industries
- Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

You will not only develop an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject area, but will also gain cross-disciplinary experience, giving you the breadth of skills and experience to thrive in your chosen career.

You will learn from and network with pioneering thought-leaders from a range of organisations –multi-national companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups, the private and voluntary sectors, and the eminently creative local London community.

Our vision for Loughborough University London has been shaped and informed by the University’s existing commercial partners and collaborators, which include several of the world’s most iconic brands.
We will be running regular keynote speaker programmes, seminars and invited lecturers from some of the world’s most influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public and voluntary sector organisations. Visit the People section of the website (http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/people/guest-speakers/ ) to see just a few of our iconic partners.

All have recognised the need to invest in the pipeline of future talent so that they can continue to recruit people with the skills, drive and creativity to compete and thrive in a globally competitive environment.

Visit the MSc Diplomacy, Business and Trade page on the Loughborough University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages - No. of awards TBC

We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2016.This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network.Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.What's on offer for 2016Inspiring Success Programme
For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2016Dean's Award for Enterprise
For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.East London Community Scholarship
For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our communityAlumni Bursary
For all Loughborough University alumni
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
For international and UK/EU high achieving students
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered

Value of Scholarship(s)

See below


Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for scholarships and bursaries for 2016. For further information and to find out whether you are eligible for a scholarship or bursary, please visit our Your Questions Answered
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Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum of a lower second class honours degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University. English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. see: View Website

Course Fees

For more information, please see our fees and finance page View Website

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