This innovative course provides you with a framework for detailed investigation of international security and terrorism.
Security and safety have always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure, but also what we regard as threatening.
In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis.
Taught by international security and terrorism experts, this course will introduce you to some of the major schools of thought within the discipline, including realism, liberalism and critical theory.
You will explore key issues in contemporary international security, including international intervention, conventional and nuclear deterrence, insurgency and counter-insurgency, peacemaking, and peacekeeping.
This course will facilitate the analysis of terrorism as a political strategy, and will explore its contemporary significance and relative success. It will also develop your understanding of counter-terrorist techniques and provide you with an in-depth study of security issues in particular regions of the world.
The focus is on three key elements:
- Theoretical underpinnings of international security and terrorism
- Empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age
- Security and terrorism complexities through optional modules
You can take part in a field trip to Europe visiting sights of political and cultural interest. Recent trips have included Brussels, The Hague and Berlin.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.
- Visit key diplomatic institutions and organisations on our field trip to Europe
- Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
- Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
- Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including appearing on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service and in such publications as The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde
This course is made up of 40 credits of core modules, 80 credits of optional modules, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.
- Dissertation: International Relations/International Studies
- Terrorism and Insurgencies
- Theories and Concepts in International Relations
- Comparative Democratic Development
- Contemporary Warfare
- European Union Politics
- Gender and Development
- Global Asia
- International Political Economy
- Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice
- The Politics of South Asia
- Secret Intelligence and International Security
- Special Project A
- Special Project B
- The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
- War, Peace and Terror
- When Does Russia Expand and Why?
Watch our lecturers talking about some of the modules on offer in our virtual module fair.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
This course is ideal if you are looking to further your academic knowledge or pursue a career in a range of fields, such as:
- armed services
- civil service
- international organisations
- non-governmental organisations
- policy research
We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.
If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.
Employability and average starting salary
95.2% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2:1 (or international equivalent)
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated October 2, 2018