MA International Conflict and Security

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

MA International Conflict and Security

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

MA International Conflict and Security

Understanding the dynamic and complex factors of modern conflict and fashioning effective and legitimate responses to the main contemporary security issues is a major challenge for the international community. The MA in International Conflict and Security at the Brussels School of International Studies is carefully designed to provide the necessary knowledge, as well as analytical and practical skills to meet this challenge. The MA programme is structured to introduce students to the key concepts and theories necessary to understand contemporary international conflicts and security issues.

Key facts


  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.


The aims of the MA in International Conflict and Security are to:

  • Provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those seeking to prepare for careers in fields concerned with international conflicts and those with a general intellectual interest in contemporary security issues.
  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international conflict and war, cooperation, security and peace.
  • Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact in conflict situations.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of the causes and dynamics of different kinds of contemporary conflict and security threats and the means to manage them.
  • Ensure that students who specialise in regional conflicts acquire an advanced understanding of the historical, cultural, social and institutional context of the area to be studied.
  • Prepare students for various careers in jobs related to international conflict analysis and security issues as well as for career changes in the spirit of lifelong learning.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation.


The MA in International Conflict and Security is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.

The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.

To be awarded a standard MA in International Conflict and Security, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in International Conflict and Security. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.


The programme is divided into a number of blocks called modules. Each module carries 20 credits (10 ECTS). The dissertation carries 60 credits (30 ECTS).

Candidates who complete 6 taught modules and the dissertation are eligible for the standard MA in International Conflict and Security (90 ECTS) whilst those who complete an additional three modules are eligible for the extended MA in International Conflict and Security (120 ECTS).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 3 years
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17,300 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
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Duration 1 - 3 years
Price 17,300 EUR