MSc International Security

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 36
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

There is 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 international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the many different agencies involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today.

The MSc aims to be empirically relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to contemporary conflicts and current affairs.

Fees for 2017/18

Full time fees

UK
£7,400
Overseas (non-EU)
£15,700

Part time fees

UK
£3,700

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

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 from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). Units can vary from year to year but may include:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • Environmental Politics
  • 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
  • China's International Relations
  • European Security
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Theories of Violence

A list of possible 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.

Application method 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.

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.

Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs 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, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.

Further details can be found on our careers and alumni website.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2017

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

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