MSc International Security

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length 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

Programme overview

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.

Open day, Wednesday 15 June 10am-4.30pm

2D3, Social Science Complex, 12a Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TN

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies will be holding a postgraduate open day on Wednesday 15 June. The open day will consist of a welcome from the Teaching and Learning Director, presentations by Pathway Directors, sample seminars, careers information, a campus tour, refreshments and an informal question and answer session. Administrative staff will also be available to meet with you to discuss our programmes and the application process and answer any other general enquiries.

Open days are a great opportunity for you to meet current staff, view our facilities and find out more about your programme and school. For more information or to register your interest, please email spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk stating your full name, the programme you are interested in and any dietary requirements.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£7,300
Overseas
£15,500

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,650

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.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • International Security
  • Security Governance
  • Theories of Securitisation

Optional units

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.

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
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.
How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2016

Careers

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

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 16% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email: spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt

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