Programme specification - MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy (formerly MSc Diplomacy and International Strategy) 1. Awarding Body LSE 2. Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body, e.g. ESRC; BPS etc 3. Name of final award 4. Programme Title 5. Duration of the course 6. Based in the Department/Institute: 7. Relevant QAA subject benchmark statements 8. Application Code 9. First written/last amended N/A MSc MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy 12 months LSE IDEAS N/A L2UJ February 2012 / September 2014 10. The programme aims to: Provide a new and unique learning experience for high flyers from the world of international affairs, defence, international business and finance. It is designed for people who work full time and is tailored to those who are in high-pressure jobs with little time to spare. The course aims to establish a reputation as one of the leading courses in strategic thinking in the world. The course sets out to broaden the participants’ understanding of issues they may have already confronted and continue to confront in their professional lives whether that be as policy makers or strategic thinkers. The participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of issues through lectures, seminars and workshops which are critical for the development of their strategic thinking. 11. Programme outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes Most of the participants will continue in their current careers as policy-makers/ strategists in the diplomatic services, the corporate world and finance. At the end of the programme of study, participants should demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse the modern world, think creatively about policy, strategy, and diplomacy and recognise the various ways in which security can be understood. They should be able to devise strategies and manage crisis and will have developed specialised skills that will facilitate their leadership capacities. 12. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated Teaching and learning strategies: Both classroom and practical elements will be used. The course consists of four one-week intensive sessions, twenty evening seminars and two policy weekends. The Programme Manager is also looking into other options such as some institutional visits. Various teaching, learning and assessment strategies are used to reach the programme outcomes such as lectures, group seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, self-directed study, meetings with policy makers and concentrated study weekends. There are also seminars on essay and dissertation writing (many of these participants have been out of education for many years) and many hours devoted to individual feedback. The programme also has a dedicated teaching fellow devoted to essay guidance. 13. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules and awards For further information see the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy programme regulations. Additional information 14. Criteria for admission to the programme Participants need a good first degree - 2.1 or GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited university. Postgraduate degree also beneficial. They also need between 5 – 10 years professional experience in a related field – international affairs/international finance/legal etc. Particular attention is also given to referees’ reports and the personal statement provided by the student. For non-native English speakers the level must be at the higher level/107. 15. Indicators of quality Clear and steady demand for the programme High qualifications required for admission; High fees paid by the participants taking the programme; Favourable remarks from the current participants Favourable remarks from the external examiner. Good final results. 16. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standard of teaching and learning The Department takes the feedback on teaching quality provided by the annual Teaching Quality Assessment survey of participants very seriously; Regular meetings, twice per term, between assigned Tutors and participants to discuss student progress and improvement to the course; Employment of the Programme Manager to oversee on a continuous basis every aspect of the Programme and provide timely feedback to participants; Once per term meeting of the Teacher responsible for the programme with the participants to assess the quality of teaching and learning; Regular meetings (once per term) between the Teacher responsible for the programme and programme lecturers to assess student progress and improvements to the course; The Department takes seriously the feedback from external examiners. School mechanisms: regular staff appraisal and review; improvements in teaching technique are effected by the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) through observations, advice and further training; induction programme and mentoring scheme for new members of staff; Staff/student liaison committee; centrally administered student satisfaction questionnaires by the Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office; an improved system for ensuring that External Examiner’s comments/recommendations are fed through to Departments and acted upon; the School’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ASC) which regulates all aspects of teaching quality; annual monitoring of courses and periodic reviews every 3-5 years. The outcomes of the annual reviews are presented to ASC; the School’s Undergraduate Studies Sub Committee and Graduate Studies Sub Committee which oversee all taught programmes and ensure that significant changes to programmes and courses pass through a sequence of formal stages to ensure that curricular changes are appropriate and compatible with other developments.