University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc International Security

Address:

Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc International Security

Format: Campus

Program Description:

There is a growing number of new threats in international security, ranging from civil war, terrorism and transnational crime to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

This programme provides students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the international security environment of the post-Cold War era, including the origins of conflicts and peace, the emergence of new security threats and the many different agencies involved in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking today.

The MSc aims to be empirically relevant by teaching students how to apply theoretical concepts to contemporary conflicts and current affairs.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • International Security
  • Security Governance
  • Theoretical Approaches to Security

Optional units

You will choose no more than three optional units from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). Units can vary from year to year but may include:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • Environmental Politics
  • Masculinities and IR
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Military and Militarisation
  • US Security Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US relations in global politics
  • Politics of Genocide
  • Japan and East Asia
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • Care, Labour and Gender: International Policy Development
  • China's International Relations
  • European Security
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Theories of Violence

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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