This course considers some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice. This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues There is often a wide range of nationalities on the course, with a maximum of 30 places available. The course content is dynamic, challenging, and cutting edge, designed to equip you with the skills and insights needed to understand and authoritatively analyse contemporary debates in international relations using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools to deal with and confront the challenges presented by contemporary world politics. The course draws upon our established expertise in international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, security studies, international law, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.

Course structure

MSc students need to complete three compulsory modules, seven electives and a Dissertation. PgDip students need to complete three compulsory modules and seven electives. PgCert students need to complete three compulsory modules and one elective.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Study Skills and Research Methodology
  • Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
  • Defence in the 21st Century
  • Dissertation

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course

  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • International Law and Armed Conflicts
  • Strategic Frameworks and Decision Making in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
  • Gender, Violence and Armed Conflicts
  • Risk, Crisis and Resilience
  • Regional Security
  • Future Military Conflicts and Support for Disasters
  • International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding

Future career

Students may wish to pursue careers with private security companies, think tanks, within academia or for foreign governments. While we have a number of candidates who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees, we also have a significant number who are civil servants working within the defence, serving and retired military personnel and those who work within the financial services. The aim of this course is, therefore, to provide all students with high quality, and transferable, postgraduate qualification. It can also assist with your progression into senior positions in the armed forces, government, international organisations, media and academia.

Entry requirements

A first or second Honours degree in relevant mathematics, science or engineering discipline; additionally an IELTS score of 7.0 is required by students for whom English is not the first language.

Important information

Decisions are currently being made regarding whether this course (and/or some of its modules) will be taught at Shrivenham or Cranfield in the 2019-2020 academic year and beyond. The information on this page was correct at the date shown below, but any changes will be sent to those who have already enquired or applied as soon as further details are available.

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Last updated February 15, 2019
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