The new MA in International Relations and Security Studies explores themes of peace and conflict studies, including:
War, violence and security-building between and within states and regions
Tackling WMD, conventional arms proliferation, political violence and terrorism
Development and operation of international and regional institutions
Past and present transnational challenges in international and regional diplomacy
Contemporary global challenges such as environmental degradation, trafficking/crime and migration
You will develop an advanced academic and policy-relevant understanding of international relations and security, along with analytical skills that are in high demand within institutional politics, NGO and lobbying organisations.
You will have the opportunity to take specialist pathways, including specialising in selected regions (Europe, Africa, MENA, Asia, or Latin America and the Caribbean), with opportunities for selected study visits, or take thematic specialisms including international governance, modern diplomacy, security studies, or political violence and terrorism.
The programme is delivered by the Division of Peace Studies and International Development, which maintains an international reputation as a centre for excellence in research, teaching, training and policy engagement (in particular in the fields of disarmament and arms control). This means your teaching will not only be research-informed but also delivered by staff well-positioned to facilitate policy and practitioner engagement.
Politics at Bradford is ranked 45th in the UK in The Complete University Guide University Subject Tables 2019 for its undergraduate courses. These rankings also place Bradford in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects.
Our postgraduate politics courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for employability in the 2018 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above.
Plus a minimum ofGCSE grade 4 or C or above in English (or equivalent qualification).
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 or above
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.
The International System in Theory and Context (PES7054-B)
Contemporary Security Challenges (PES7037-B)
Transnational Challenges: Problems and Responses (PES7055-B)
African Politics and Security Dynamics (PES7035-B)
Natural Resource Governance (PES7045-B)
Africa Study Visit (PES7034-B)
Middle East Politics and Security Dynamics (PES7043-B)
Gender, Conflict and Development (PES7041-B)
International Environmental Governance (PES7042-B)
Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (PES7046-B)
Terrorism and Political Violence (PES7053-B)
Assessing Development Needs and Outcomes (DEV7036-B)
You can choose to include an internship as part of your course, in which case you will study over 15 months rather than a year. To do this, you should initially register for the one-year programme and then transfer to the 15-month programme when you have secured a placement, any time up until the middle of Semester 2.
The internship/placement further enhances the development of professional experience and practical skills during your Master's programme, integrating practitioner community engagement with your academic studies.
This element is student-centred and student-led, and therefore the initiative for identifying and applying for internships is driven by you. Academic staff can facilitate and support the identification of suitable opportunities with leads and suggestions, help with the writing of applications, and provide supporting letters of reference. They provide customised preparatory training before and mentoring support during, the placement or internship.
The internship/placement can be taken with an organisation anywhere in the world. You'll need to detail your proposed activities and receive approval before the opportunity is finalised.
Once the internship/placement is complete you'll return to the programme, submit a completion report summarising key learning points, and then undertake your Master's dissertation. Students often use their placement period and experience to inform and shape their dissertation.
Learning and assessment
The programme will deploy a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods to enable you to understand and develop skills for engagement and employment with important policy and practitioner communities (International organisations, governments, NGOs, business associations, etc).
You will have opportunities to engage through simulation exercises and training workshops, as well as facilitated contacts with practitioners.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The programme emphasises and develops skills required by employers such as conflict analysis, leadership and decision-making.