University of Bath

International Security MA – 1 year full-time

University of Bath
In Bath

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Typology Master
Location Bath
Duration 1 Year
Start September 2020
  • Master
  • Bath
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    September 2020

International security has evolved enormously in the last 15 years, with terrorism, human and drug trafficking and territorial and sovereignty disputes adding an extra layer of complexity to the traditional security challenges of states.

This course offers a focus on security issues, looking at politics and policy-making in the contemporary international arena, and the role of Europe and the European Union within it.

You'll gain a deep insight into the diverse dimensions of international security, unpacking the practices and challenges of different governments and organisations and exploring how these relate to research and policy-making.

Studying this at Bath provides an opportunity to work with researchers who are part of the debate on both traditional and non-traditional security issues.

With expertise across a wide spectrum of topics - including borders in South East Asia, the American drone strikes in Pakistan, biological and chemical weapons, rising powers and global governance - you'll gain new perspectives on this complex subject area.

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Bath (Somerset)
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University Of Bath, BA2 7AY


Sep-2020Now taking bookings

To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

You'll leave with: an in-depth understanding of the new international security environment of the post Cold War era detailed knowledge of the theories and methods underpinning international security the ability to analyse current security challenges and practices and the impact of those on research and policy-making a strong foundation for an international career in administration, diplomacy, research and policy-making

· Who is it intended for?

This course is for those with a degree in an appropriate subject, such as public policy, government, international affairs, international relations, history or sociology. It's also suitable for professionals who want to specialise in security issues, whether you're working in an NGO, government or the private sector, or other relevant fields such as commerce, industry and teaching.

· Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

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What you'll learn on the course

Full Time
International Relations
Security Management
Security Systems Installation

Course programme

Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1
  • International security: theories and concepts
  • Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
  • Plus three optional units
Semester 2
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Plus four optional units
  • MA in International Security dissertation
Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1
  • Societal modernisation and the transformation of democracy
  • International terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • International relations theories
  • Memory culture - memory politics
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia
  • Russian politics in comparative perspective
  • The cultures of globalisation
  • The global politics of cyberspace
Semester 2
  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • Britain and Europe
  • International organisations in world politics
  • International relations of South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
  • The politics of risk
Learning and assessment

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Other

Additional information

UK/EU application deadline 31 August 2020

Overseas deadline 30 June 2020

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