ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), is delighted to announce the introduction of a new MSc degree in the Political Psychology of International Relations, which will welcome its first students to the University of Birmingham in September 2017.

This flagship programme will build on existing strengths in Security Studies and International Relations by providing research-led multi-disciplinary training in the psychological mechanisms of decision-making at the international level.

Students will follow a unique and highly specialised module pathway which incorporates research methods training as well as theoretical and empirical grounding in the psychological underpinnings of international politics.

Topics and issues examined include: the role of emotions in crises and conflicts; the psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violence; identities of religion, gender, and nationalism; trust and empathy in International Relations; and interpersonal dynamics in face-to-face diplomacy.

Programme Convenor (and Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology) Dr Tereza Capelos said:

“We are very excited and proud to launch the MSc in Political Psychology of International Relations. This programme is the first of its kind in the UK and internationally. It promotes student engagement with the cutting-edge research agenda of ICCS, which lies at the intersection of Political Psychology and International Relations. We’re looking forward to welcoming our first student cohort in September 2017 and engaging passionately in the exploration of research questions, puzzles and debates in this fascinating field.”

Further information on the programme, including how to apply, can be found on the website.

To find out more about the work and ethos of the ICCS, you can watch a short introductory film.