MSc International SecurityFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||36|
|Start date||September 2016|
We are confronted by a growing number of new threats in international security ranging from civil war, terrorism and transnational crime to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
This programme provides students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the new international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the multiplicity of actors involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today. It aims to be empirically relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to contemporary conflicts and current affairs.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part time fees
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2016/17
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.
- International Security
- Security Governance
- Theories of Securitisation
You will choose no more than three optional units, below is an EXAMPLE of units you may choose from (Note: these change every year, the units below may not be available).
- Conflict, Security and Development
- Gender and Development
- Managing and Evaluating Development
- Development Skills in Practice
- Environmental Politics
- Governing the Global Borderlands
- Masculinities and IR
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Military and Militarisation
- US Security Policy
- International Human Rights
- Sino-US relations in global politics
- Politics of Genocide
- Japan and East Asia
- East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
- Care, Labour and Gender: International Policy Development
- IR of China
- European Foreign Policy
- Religion and Politics
- Understanding Risk
- Liberalism, Terror and the Politics of Insecurity
- Nuclear insecurity
- Theories of Violence
Global Transitions: Power, Hegemony, and the Ordering of the Global Political Economy
A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.
Independent study for dissertation.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation.
Students of the MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers. Many sectors such as the Civil Service, NGO and charity work require an MSc and some volunteer/ internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Dept for Education (including SureStart), European Parliament among others.
Further details can be found on our website
31 July 2016
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