Master International Security Studies

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  • Objectives
    This course is designed to examine key themes and debates in one of the most important sub-disciplines of international relations. Its core modules will examine the evolution of the concept of security and security studies in the context of the wider development of the discipline. It will then provide the opportunity to address key areas of contemporary concern within security studies through a range of modules covering issues stretching from US foreign policy through the role of religion in international politics to the emerging 'soft security' issues of international crime and people trafficking for example. The Law, Governance and International Relations Department has a well-established reputation for research undertaken by its staff in Politics, International Relations, Development Studies and American Studies. In the UK Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise in 2001 (the most recent), the Section was rated 3a for its research in Politics and International Relations (ie. national excellence, with evidence of international excellence in some areas).
  • Entry requirements
    An undergraduate degree of at least lower second grade in a relevant discipline. Candidates with other qualifications may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Academic title
    MA International Security Studies
  • Course description
    Course structure
    This course comprises six taught modules plus a triple-module dissertation.

    There are two compulsory core modules:

    -Theory and Research Methods in International Relations
    -Security Studies

    And a range of options including:

    -US-European Relations in the Global System
    -US Foreign Policy Since Vietnam
    -Religion and Nationalism in the Middle East and South East Asia
    -International Crime in the Post-Cold War World

    You are required to produce a dissertation of 15,000 - 18,000 words to be submitted at the end of the course.

    Assessment is typically by a mixture of unseen examinations and essays. The mix varies from module to module.

    Career opportunities
    The degree is of special benefit to anyone wishing to work for a public, private, or international organisation. Typical career destinations might include education, marketing, local and public services, journalism, or positions within organisations such as the EU Commission. On completion of the MA, you may also wish to continue to do further research.

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: one year, three sessions per week
    Part-time (day and evening): two years, two sessions per week

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