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Dr Luca Tardelli|

Executive Programme Convener

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MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy enquiries. |


The aim of this Executive Programme is to enhance decision makers' confidence in their strategic vision on how to address global challenges of the 21st century. The combination of intensive weeks and evening seminars is a viable way to avoid taking too much time away from other commitments, while still being able to attend classes and produce written assignments.

The course consists of 4 compulsory units:

IR443 - Strategy in a Changing World (1 unit)

This course examines five different perspectives on strategy: the need for a new approach to strategy; the interplay between old and new strategic actors; strategic trends - economic, social, political and military; the evolving strategic international environment and the changing role of institutions; and the nature of strategic decisions. More information here.|


2,000 word formative essay  
4,000 word summative essay (25% of final grade)

IR442 - Diplomacy and Challenges (1 unit)

This course looks at six key aspects of diplomacy: the tools of diplomacy, both old and new; the arts of diplomatic and business negotiation; how different types of crisis have been resolved; in-depth discussions of a major current international problem; the challenges ahead, including flashpoints; preventative action and crisis management. More information here.|


2,000 word formative essay  
3,000 policy paper (25% of final grade)

IR444 - Strategy in Action (half unit)

A series of intensive workshops give participants experience in evaluating foreign policy decisions and options, preventative action to reduce near-term risks and threats, and the development of longer term strategies. Through group exercises, participants will be asked to prepare a strategy and policy paper relevant to the day. In addition, brief sessions on methodology will lay the foundations for the formulation of a dissertation topic which must be in the form of a 3,000 word dissertation plan. This module is taken in conjunction with IR496 Dissertation. More information here.|

3,000 word dissertation plan (12.5% of final grade)
. This should include the title, an abstract, a problem statement which should identify the features and theoretical concepts associated with the topic, the aims and objectives (including research questions or hypotheses), a literature review and the methodology.

IR496 - Dissertation: MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy (1.5 units)

A 15,000 word dissertation will address a topic in the social sciences drawn broadly from the three core courses. This will normally be a library based dissertation. The topic should make central use of concepts in the study of strategy and diplomacy and should demonstrate a good understanding of these concepts and implications. The dissertation will draw on empirical topic areas but should also demonstrate a high degree of conceptual originality. This course is taken in conjunction with IR444 Strategy in Action. More information here.|

15,000 word dissertation (37.5% of final grade)

Although the syllabus is wide-ranging, there are no optional courses within the programme. Participants, however, are free to attend any of the lectures given at the LSE.

Programme units will be taught around the following schedule:

  •  4 intensive weeks in September (5 days), December (5 days), January (5 days) and April (5 days);
  • 22 evening seminars on Wednesdays from October to March;
  • 2 policy weekends in November and March

Attendance at seminars and lectures is compulsory.

The next course runs for 12 months from 21 September 2015 to September 2016.