MA in International Security
The MA in International Security is one of the most comprehensive international security graduate programmes in the country. It is taught by a range of staff who are at the cutting edge of international security research and reflects this core area of research strength within the department.
International security concerns have been particularly prominent in international politics and in the media in the last few years. This prominence is related to the dramatic events of September 11, 2001, the apparently ‘new’ threat of global terrorism, the spectre of nuclear proliferation, the contestation over military intervention in Iraq and the increasingly common suggestion that issues such as climate change- with the capacity to undermine the sustainability of life on the planet- should be viewed and approached as ‘security’ issues. And while often less prominent in the media, forgotten conflicts throughout the world (for example in Sudan) continue to take the lives of thousands of people every year, while a range of pressing issues, such as disease and immigration, have also been linked to contemporary debates about security.
The MA in International Security programme provides an examination of some of these issues, but more importantly seeks to encourage students to ask more fundamental questions about international security:
- What does security mean?
- Whose security are we talking about?
- Which issues should be considered security issues?
- What role does security play in contemporary political life?
- Can security be achieved, and how, in both practical and philosophical terms?
The postgraduate degree programme in International Security at Warwick provides you with the tools for examining these questions in the context of specific and pressing global challenges and dynamics.
- In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total).
- The core module, 'Concepts and Theories of International Security' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay.
- You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. -New Security Challenges, European Security, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency and Terrorism & Counterterrorism are recommended options for IS students.
- In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS).
- British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject
- Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent
- A strong statement of purpose
- Two strong academic references
- Please note that Diploma entry is available for IS
Last updated August 19, 2015