Politics and International Relations - Pathway in Global Security at Keele University - UCAS

Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Politics and International Relations - Pathway in Global Security (Taught)

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Course summary

As problems like terrorism, migration, weapons of mass destruction, and climate change pose a threat to safety beyond and within our borders, security fundamentally affects our lives and futures. Reflecting the latest trends in security studies, this course explores the history of security, different types of conflict and instability between nations and communities, and humanitarian and political responses. Underpinned by cutting-edge research into areas such as maritime security, policing and the effects of war on veterans and their families, it prepares you for a career in foreign affairs or national security, with expertise to become a world-class global security analyst. Why choose this course?

  • Keele was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in international relations over 50 years ago and has a longstanding reputation as one of the foremost centres for political studies
  • Benefit from leading expertise across diverse subjects, from security studies and environmental protest movements, to international political economy and development, and history
  • Specialist knowledge of Britain, the European Union, Western and Central Europe, Eurasia, the Balkans, USA and Middle East, has led to staff advising governments and testifying in Parliament
  • Undertake action research with immediate impact – one recent project looked at receptiveness to Covid Vaccination, another analysed reasons for the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community with opportunities to engage with the Keele Model United Nations society
Security is shaping the world around us. We live in a society increasingly organised around the provision of security, the management of risk and creation of technologies that generate surveillance information and improve our safety The flexible structure of our suite of MA/MRes Politics and International Relations programmes provides a high degree of focus, enabling you to engage with specific issues and carry out research into subjects of interest and relevance. You can build a tailored, systematic programme of study, choosing from our diverse collection of four different pathways – in Global Security, Politics, US Politics and International Relations. We also offer an MSc in International Diplomacy. On this Global Security pathway, you can investigate key developments in international conflict and security, looking how security functions at the international and political level, between nation states, within societies and communities. You may choose to focus on the post-Cold War period, considering how shifting conceptions of security are allied to shifting understandings of the state, society, the economy, and culture. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent in Politics, International Relations or any social science subject (e.g Law or Sociology), or a humanities subject (e.g History, Philosophy, English, or Modern languages). Where English is not a first language, evidence of English language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test). Applicants will need to provide 1 academic reference.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website. https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/tuitionfeesandfunding

Sponsorship information

For MRes, ESRC funding may be available.

Politics and International Relations - Pathway in Global Security at Keele University - UCAS