The MA in International Security and Terrorism explores issues of political violence, terrorism, conflict, the use of force, the nature and management of security threats including security cooperation in the absence of an overarching wold government. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, empirical and ethical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a team of two internationally renowned research-active Security Studies specialists. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of International Relations, Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Language-based Area Studies, History, Religious Studies and Law, and issues of war, security and terrorism at undergraduate level, or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.
The degree provides an advanced understanding of issues in international security since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on security in relation to issues of force and power in international relations, and is placed within the relevant theoretical and empirical contexts of contemporary debates.
You can expect to gain an understanding of the wide-ranging nature of security studies, an appreciation of the historical importance of security issues, and an insight into future problems and debates that will affect the stability of the 21st-century world order.
You will develop an understanding of the core concepts that inform the study and practice of security, including:
- The changing meaning of security and what issues are considered to be security issues
- The different concepts that inform the study and practice of security, such as explanations of war, deterrence, balance of power theories, alliance formation and management, and collective security
- The concepts that inform the use and control of military force, such as arms races and arms control, coercion, military intervention, and peacekeeping
- Classical strategic thought
- The range of the security issues of the post-Cold War and post-9/11 periods, including terrorism and local and global insurgency and the challenges these pose
Our students follow a flexible programme with a wide choice of modules. Students take two core modules in Security Studies and Terrorism and Political Violence that provide them with a foundation for thinking about the subject. They then design the rest of the programme around their own interests by selecting four modules from a wide range of options. The flexibility of this programme is ideal for those with a broad range of interests in security studies and terrorism or for those who want to construct a curriculum around a particular area of interest.
As a postgraduate student in POLSIS you will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events. You will be welcomed as a member of the International Relations and Security Theory research group. This group includes members of academic staff and postgraduate research students who meet regularly to discuss their own research, recent publications and to organise research events including inviting visiting speakers.
One of the real strengths of our masters programmes is the wide range of available modules, giving students the ability to tailor their course of study to their own academic interests.
Why study this course?
- Choose from an extensive range of optional modules
- Study in a supportive environment with research-active Security Studies scholars
- Be a part of the International Relations and Security Theory research group
- Participate in a range of intellectual and social events alongside your programme
Who is the programme for?
This programme will appeal to a wide range of students who have an interest in security issues and practices, including civilian and military officials (most probably junior or mid-level officials), who want to deepen their understanding and upgrade their qualifications. It will also be of interest to students who seek to develop a deeper understanding of these very important aspects of international relations and of the world we live in.
Please note these courses have changed for 2019/20. For students studying in 2018/19 please refer to the Programmes and Modules handbook.