MA International Politics and Security Studies

University of Bradford, Faculty of Social and International Studies

Program Description

MA International Politics and Security Studies

University of Bradford, Faculty of Social and International Studies

MA International Politics and Security Studies

This course reflects the particular values of Peace Studies at Bradford, with a curriculum that provides a thorough grounding in the theoretical and empirical foundations of the discipline whilst also offering students the opportunity to engage with thecore questions of peace and security that animate the research work of lecturers here.

Our research is founded on an understanding that no single discipline on its own is sufficient to comprehend the dynamics of issues as complex as war, world hunger, sustainable development and social justice, or problems as challenging as negotiating our differences in culture and belief.

You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
  • The nature and significance of politics, security and co-operation as global, regional and local activities
  • The origins and evolution of the international political and security system, including contemporary changes

You will also acquire an ability to evaluate different interpretations of world political and security events and issues and to articulate such evaluation at a recognised postgraduate level.

Semester I

60 Credits - 2 x Compulsory Modules and 1 Optional Module


  • Introduction to Peace Studies (20 Credits)
  • International Politics and Security Studies (20 Credits)


  • Introduction to African Politics (20 Credits)
  • Arms Trade and Arms Control (20 Credits)
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-Secular World (20 Credits)
  • Conflict Resolution Theory (20 Credits)
  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus (20 Credits)

Semester II

60 Credits - 1 x Compulsory Module and 2 x Optional Modules


  • The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy (20 Credits)     
  • Regional and Global Security Politics (20 Credits)     African Study Visit (20 Credits)


  • Cities in Conflict (20 Credits)
  • African Security Studies (20 Credits)
  • Social Movements (20 Credits)
  • Applied Conflict Resolutions Skills (20 Credits)
  • Natural Resource Governance (20 Credits)
  • Gender, Conflict and Development (20 Credits)
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (20 Credits)

Semester III

60 Credits - 1 x Compulsory Module 

  • Dissertation project in a topic of your choice - related to International Politics and Security Studies (60 Credits)

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree
  • We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

Fees & Finance

Tuition Fee is £4,900 per course for UK domiciled students

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
4,900 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Bradford, England
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