International Security MA/ Postgraduate Diploma
Duration and mode of study
Two years by Distance Learning.
March and September each year.
Either a first or a good second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects. For the distance learning course in particular, we also welcome applicants with relevant professional experience.
These are the total course fees.
This course provides a thorough grounding in international security studies, focusing on developments since the end of the cold war. As the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington demonstrated with shocking clarity, international security remains a vital issue on the global agenda. The search for a stable and just international order has proven elusive, with war and armed conflict continuing in many parts of the world.
The study of international security involves more than states and military conflict; it includes an analysis of the underlying political, economic, social and environmental sources of conflict. This course combines a study of the main theories and concepts in international security with empirical analysis of contemporary security issues such as terrorism, proliferation, failed states and security communities.
Throughout the course, you are encouraged to think critically and analytically about international security, and to consider the complex causes of many contemporary security problems.
- International Security
Three from the following – subject to availability:
American Interventionism since the end of the Cold War
Art of Negotiation
Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU
EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Europe
Euroscepticism (subject to approval to be available from 2014)
Governance and Corruption
Human Rights, Ethics and War in the Post Cold War Order
Intelligence and Security
- Politics of European Integration
The Politics of Protection
- The Politics of Human Rights
Post Cold War World Order
South African Foreign Policy
Strategy in the Modern World
- Theories of International Relations
Teaching and assessment methods
Teaching will be based upon use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 'Blackboard'. This allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one to one contact through conventional channels. Modules are assessed by a traditional end of module essay and a range of online activities.