Academic Partnership with the University of Leicester (UK)

  • 07 Jun. 2017
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  • Last updated: 07 Jun. 2017 00:00

The University of Leicester, a leading provider of distance learning for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom, has agreed to partner NDC in facilitating a range of postgraduate studies for those completing its Senior Course (SC). There is also the opportunity, subject to meeting acceptance criteria, for PhD Study by separate arrangement.

The University of Leicester’s School of History, Politics and International Relations has assessed the NDC’s current academic curriculum as exceeding the requirements for their Master’s module on “Strategy in the Modern World” and, through Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) principles, has offered a Master’s module credit on completion of the SC. This offer is without additional effort for Course Members (CMs), to thereafter engage in a varying level of additional postgraduate study. A module is valued at 30 Master’s points, equal to 15 ECTS points under the Bologna system. The SC credit is valid for 5 years and can be applied on a rolling 5-year basis retrospectively, currently dating back to SC 120 (expiring in Feb 2017).

Academic Partnership with the University of Leicester (UK)


Distance learning modules start in March and September each year, coinciding with the SC, and last approximately 3.5 months. They make it possible to study in parallel with, or sequential to, the SC. In general, the workload for a module is to read a minimum of two academic articles each week over a 10-week period, covering different topics, and then to engage through on-line chat-rooms with other students and academic staff. A 1,300-word academic paper critique delivers 20% of the overall module mark, with the remaining 80% allocated to a 5,000-word essay on a subject selected from a list of titles advertised at the start of each Module. A full Master’s culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. There is a window of 2 to 4 years to complete a full Master’s programme.


The options for postgraduate study comprise the following:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate.Selection of one of the Core Modules below. On gaining the minimum of a pass, a Postgraduate Certificate is awarded. This option is considered to benefit those already with a Master’s, as evidence of continued personal academic development or of academic study in a second language. The reduction in effort is assessed at 50% for SC CMs.

  2. Postgraduate Diploma. Selection of one Core Master’s Module and successful completion of an additional 2 Option Modules from the list below, which are Core Subject-related. The reduction in effort is assessed at 25% for SC CMs.

  3. Full Master’s. As for a Postgraduate Diploma, plus a Dissertation pass. Effort reduction remains at 25% compared to non-SC graduates.


The following Core Master’s Modules are available and relevant to Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Full Master’s studies:

•International Security Studies
•Politics of Conflict and Violence
•Politics in the EU

•International Relations & World Order
•Human Rights & Global Ethics
•Diplomatic Studies

There is also available a Master’s in “Intelligence and Security”. This specific field of study does not attract the SC credit, but SC CMs are offered a 10% fee discount.


The following Option Modules are offered to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or a Full Master’s programme. Option Module selection is related to the Core Module undertaken and availability of Option Modules varies per semester, subject to a minimum number of students enrolling.

• American Interventionism after the Cold War
• Diplomatic Systems
• The Art of Negotiation
• Theories of International Relations
• The International Politics of Protection
• EU Enlargement & Democratic Consolidation in
Post-Communist Europe
• Europe as a Global Actor
• The Politics of Human Rights
• Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union
• The Politics of European Integration

• Intelligence and Security
• Governance and Corruption
• Euroscepticism
• The Politics of Conflict and Violence
• Gender in Global Perspective
•The Transformation of Modern Warfare
•The Politics of Global Modern Nuclear Order
•The Politics of Violent Conflict & its Legacies in Northern Ireland
• Political Economy of International Development


Enrolment fees for postgraduate study, in GB pounds sterling, are as follows for the academic year 2016/17:

Post Graduate Study Progr

SC Graduate Cost

Advertised Price


Post Graduate Certificate




Post Graduate Diploma




Full Master’s





There is a requirement for those with English as a second language to provide proof of meeting a minimum IELTS score >6.5, or take the University’s English language assessment test prior to enrolling.

It must be stressed that enrolling on these courses is an individual decision to enter into association with the University of Leicester, with funding provided either by the individual or his/her nation, and not by NATO. Payment is required before study can commence.

POC at the NDC for inquiries or questions: Group Captain (GBR, F) Scott Notman

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