The MA in International Security and Development introduces you to the major issues and critical debates within a profoundly serious field.
Security, violence and conflict are now central to international politics and development policy discourse. Understanding the modern world demands a full appreciation of conflict and violence.
In this course, you explore the coverage of ‘traditional’ security issues such as war and conflict, in addition to ‘non-traditional’ issues such as economic security, environmental security, health and migration.
Capitalising on departmental expertise in security, you will receive an advanced introduction to the main approaches in the study of security.
These approaches cover realism, securitization theory, feminist approaches, critical theory and poststructuralism.
Why International Security and Development at Swansea?
Swansea University has a well-respected name for the teaching of international security and development.
Based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay, we have the expertise and full range of modern facilities to ensure your learning is right up to the minute.
The Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard.
It offers a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study, as well as training to enhance academic and professional development.
Your International Security and Development Experience
You will study four compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further two optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the course.
The compulsory modules are human rights, humanitarian Intervention and global justice; critical security studies; and violence, conflict and development.
A wide selection of optional modules spans from war, technology and culture to the policymaking process, and from rethinking global governance to democracy and constitutional design.
International Security and Development Employment Opportunities
You will develop a depth of knowledge around international security and development, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.
Graduates of the MA in International Security and Development go on to careers in UN organisations, government and politics, humanitarian organisations, media and PR.
The typical entry requirement is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.
Careers and Employability
Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.
Our career support services include:
- Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
- Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
- Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
- Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
- Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.
We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.