In recent years, the world has changed beyond recognition. The study of international issues has become more complex, and yet at the same time more interesting and necessary. The end of the Cold War has changed the international system, but national security still remains at the core of international politics.
This course provides foundation training in strategic studie and contemporary issues in international security. It provides a background in the history of strategic thought, theories of nuclear deterrence, nuclear strategy and arms control. Different explanatory approaches to the Cold War are explored, the major issues in contemporary international security are analysed in depth, including the problems of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles in the Third World, regional conflicts and collective security in Europe.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
School of Politics and International Studies
The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is one of the largest academic departments of its kind in Britain, covering four inter-related fields of study: politics, international studies, development studies, and European studies.
The great strength of POLIS lies in its range and diversity, affording students the opportunity to benefit from the cross-cutting expertise of our staff; a typical MA class has students from a range of backgrounds and national origins. Around 50% of our postgraduates are from overseas, typically from around 30 different countries in any one year.
POLIS was formed in August 1999 from the merger of the Department of Politics and the School of International, Development and European Studies. With over thirty members of staff, POLIS is one of the largest academic departments in the field of politics and international studies in the UK, providing an exciting environment for study at BA and postgraduate levels.
Through strong in areas such as British politics and political theory, the School of Politics and International Studies is much more than a traditional UK Politics department: we celebrate a rich variety of interests and approaches. Much of our work is highly international in orientation, and staff expertise covers Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the post-Soviet world, and South and South East Asia . We have more than 25 nationalities among our current research students, and a number of backgrounds and nationalities among our teaching staff.
POLIS brings together academic specialists in four areas: Political Studies, International Studies, European Studies, Development Studies.
We aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the core disciplines of politics and international studies, and are particularly committed to promoting interdisciplinary degree schemes and research.
What you study
In addition to the core course module, Strategic Studies, students take three other modules.
The MA also involves a dissertation, a 12,000 word in depth study which is supervised on an individual basis in the School.