The degree provides an advanced understanding of issues in international security since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on security in relation to issues of force and power in international relations, and is placed within the relevant theoretical and empirical contexts of contemporary debates.
You can expect to gain an understanding of the wide-ranging nature of security studies, an appreciation of the historical importance of security issues, and an insight into future problems and debates that will affect the stability of the 21st-century world order.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This programme will appeal to a wide range of students who have an interest in security issues and practices, including civilian and military officials (most probably junior or mid-level officials), who want to deepen their understanding and upgrade their qualifications. It will also be of interest to students who seek to develop a deeper understanding of these very important aspects of international relations and of the world we live in.
This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules. This degree comprises the following modules:
40 credits - Security Studies
60 credits - Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
You´ll take at least 40 credits from the optional modules A list. These are modules that we believe best fit this degree. We recommend that you also take some or all of your remaining credits from this list.
Optional Modules A (at least 40 credits from the following)
40 credits - Asia Pacific Security
20 credits - The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
40 credits - US Foreign and Defence Policy
We also offer you the opportunity to choose from our much longer list of Optional Modules B.
Optional Modules B (up to 40 credits from the following)
20 credits - Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
20 credits - Diplomacy and Statecraft
20 credits - Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics
20 credits - Gender and Global Governance
20 credits - The Geopolitical Economy of Energy
20 credits - Global Environmental Governance
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
40 credits - Globalisation and Governance
40 credits - International Political Economy
40 credits - International Relations Theory
20 credits - Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits - Power in Global Politics
20 credits - Rising Powers and Global Order
20 credits - Sex, Death, Gender and (in) Security
20 credits - Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits - Social Theory: From Marxism to Post Marxism
20 credits - Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction (IDD)
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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