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Course summary

Overview Few issues can claim to be such a leading and ongoing preoccupation in global politics as international security. Our MA is designed to provide you with a thorough and in-depth understanding of the key theoretical and empirical debates within the field. It is a particularly exciting moment to be studying this fast-changing subject. Our degree lets you get to grips with the classic topics in International Security, such as inter-state problems relating to the military, strategy, nuclear proliferation, foreign policy, and intelligence. However, our degree also encompasses much broader contemporary issues, questions, and approaches. For instance, you’ll study maybe the most pressing security issue for everyone, wherever they are on the planet: the climate crisis. Migration, terrorism and counterterrorism likewise raise ethical questions about life and death, and who has a right to safety, protection, and survival. These urgent issues are at the heart of our teaching as we prepare you for a future in international security. About The Course This course provides a comprehensive grounding in international security studies, focusing on developments since the end of the Cold War. International security issues arise within complex political, geopolitical, environmental, and social contexts, involving a broad range of state and non-state actors. The study of security in the contemporary global politics presents a series of challenging real-world emergencies, intellectual questions, and policy dilemmas. We will show you how to consider the complex causes of these contemporary security problems. Providing you with the analytical tools to assess these processes, this MA combines the study of the main international relations and international security theories with empirical analysis of contemporary security issues. And, importantly, you’ll find solutions to the type of challenges you might face in the real world through simulated exercises. Importantly, you will be able to tailor your learning by selecting optional modules, completing your degree with a dissertation which you’ll research and write independently on a subject of your choosing, with expert academic supervision. We are proud to be committed to decolonising the curriculum. Mainstream approaches to security studies can start with the assumption that it is the borders of the state that define the line between “us” and “them.” But these binaries are now called into question as products of global racial hierarchies, imperial and colonial legacies, and North-South inequities. This decolonised approach, we believe, is vital in a world undergoing important shifts. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method

Assessment is a mixture of the more traditional academic approach - coursework and exams - alongside course tests and reflective reports. All modules will seek to improve your engagement and encourage independent learning. The majority of teaching relies on lectures and seminars, but will utilise, where appropriate, films and scenarios in order to explore different ideas and examples, both thematically and empirically.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree at minimum 2.1 standard (or equivalent) in Humanities or Social Sciences. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in one of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9500 Whole course
Scotland £9500 Whole course
Wales £9500 Whole course
International £19800 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

The UEA offers a number of scholarships for UK/EU and international students which are based on academic merit.

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