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  • Objectives
    This exciting programme will expose you to issues in international security as well as the specialised field of terrorism. The course investigates international security and terrorism since the ending of the Cold War, whilst making clear how the issues raised are embedded within the broader field of international relations. The desire for security and safety has always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of the subject of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure but also what we regard as threatening. In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis for students and those with a professional interest in the subject. The School of Politics & International Relations at The University of Nottingham provides an ideal academic environment in which to study international security. The School enjoys a considerable depth of expertise amongst its staff in the subject of security, with a range of internationally renowned specialists in the sub-field of terrorism.
  • Academic Title
    MA International Security and Terrorism
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The programme is one of the most popular to be offered by the School of Politics and International Relations, attracting students from all over the world.
    -A field trip to visit organisations such as NATO, ICTY and Europol will further enhance your learning experience.
    -The School of Politics was rated 24/24 for its teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency and ranked in the top ten of UK departments in a recent Guardian Education guide.

    Course Content
    The MA in International Security and Terrorism emphasises three elements: the theoretical underpinnings of the study of international security and terrorism, the main empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age and the opportunity to study security and terrorism complexes through optional modules.

    Currently, the core modules offered on this course are:

    -Security Studies
    -Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict
    -Philosophy of Social Sciences

    Studying this degree will allow you to draw upon a range of modules that will deepen your understanding and develop your own interests.

    You will be able to choose from a number of elective modules covering topics such as:

    -Globalisation and its Discontents
    -War, Peace and Terror
    -Non-governmental Organisations
    -Justice Beyond Borders
    -Neutrality and Non-alignment
    -The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
    -Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    -International Politics of War Crimes
    -Ai Power and Modern Conflict

    Please note that modules may change in order to keep abreast of political and academic developments.

    During the spring semester, the School organises a four-day study tour to some of the key European security organisations.  It includes visits to organisations such as NATO, SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) and the European Commission in Brussels and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

    Your studies will culminate in the research and writing of a 15,000-word dissertation.  You will register your dissertation on a subject of your choice and will be allocated with a Research Supervisor to oversee your progress.

    Course Structure
    -The MA in International Security and Terrorism can be studied on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 years. 
    -Teaching is spread across two semesters: Autumn, which begins in September and ends in January, and Spring, which begins in January and ends in June. The summer months between June and September are spent writing a dissertation.
    -The MA consists of 180 credits - 120 credits from modular taught study and 60 credits from the completion of a dissertation of around 15,000 words in length.
    -Assessment is typically by a mixture of coursework and examination, both of which will usually be assessed in the Semester in which the module is taught. 
    -Modules are offered usually as 20 or 15 credit version.

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