MSc Security, Conflict and International Development
Mode: Distance learning
Entry Requirements: 2:2 or above or equivalent qualification
Fees: £9,495 - UK/EU, £11,405 - International, £8,825 - International Discount- see Eligible Countries
Application Deadline: 5th August 2013
Course Start Date: 2nd September 2013
Length of Course: 2 years
This innovative and exciting new postgraduate degree programme focuses on how to meet the strategic security and justice challenges of countries emerging from conflict. Designed specifically for those working - or hoping to work - in international development, the programme seeks to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of conflict prevention and recovery with a particular emphasis upon: responding to the challenges of countries emerging from conflict; security sector reform; how to develop the rule of law; the importance of human rights in delivering justice and security; and broader issues relating to international security and the risks posed by countries emerging from, and vulnerable to, conflict.
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Using state-of-the-art learning technologies, the MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional careers in an area of growing strategic importance.
The programme is designed to give students the opportunity to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills including:
- detailed understanding of a broad range of issues relating to security, conflict and international development.
- awareness of key concepts associated with security, conflict and international development and capability of applying knowledge and understanding in workplace situations and to new contexts and environments.
- ability to analyse key theoretical approaches to understanding the causes of conflict and evaluating the appropriateness of preventative methods in this field.
- understanding of the ways in which to respond to the challenges of conflict and immediate post-conflict environments.
- comprehensive understanding of post-conflict recovery efforts in the security and justice sectors, combined with an awareness of concurrent political, economic, development and humanitarian efforts.
- capability to present knowledge and arguments clearly, confidently, coherently and concisely using a variety of communication formats.
- ability to assess the appropriateness of the evidence and the methods used in studies relating to security, conflict and international development, including their value and limitations.
- ability to undertake analysis and reflect on critically and contextually on material related to security, conflict and international development.
Course Structure and Assessment
The MSc programme is studied part-time over two years. The course consists of six modules, all of which must be successfully completed to qualify the Postgraduate Diploma in Security, Conflict and International Development. To progress to the MSc degree a dissertation must also be successfully completed.
The MSc Security, Conflict and International Development programme is based on continuous assessment, with each of the six modules comprising an e-tivity - an online activity which comprises 20 per cent of the mark, and a written paper of not more than 3,500 words. Each module lasts around 12 weeks, three weeks of which are intended for you to write your assignments. You will have approximately five months to complete your dissertation, which can be a topic of your choosing (subject to agreement with your supervisor).
|Module 1||Conflict Prevention, Response and Recovery|
|Module 2||Post-Conflict Rule of Law and Security|
|Module 3||Research Methods in Security, Conflict and International Development|
|Module 4||Security Sector Reform|
|Module 5||Human Rights, Justice and Security|
|Module 6||International Security Risks|
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