Taught course

International Relations - Security Studies Specialism

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in International Relations is a 2:1, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, including previous study in the area of international relations, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: politics@canterbury.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

The new International Relations MSc provision offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is established upon a firm foundation of research-led teaching, innovative and blended learning methods, expertise-driven insights, as well as a clear commitment to guiding and supporting student development at the postgraduate level. The International Relations programmes provides students with the opportunity to gain both comprehensive conceptual knowledge on the prime structures and interconnections comprising international relations, and an indispensable practical understanding of national, institutional, legal, political, economic and socio-cultural actors comprising the global community.

The MSc in International Relations is currently offered with a specialism in Security Studies, allowing students to gain an especially strong understanding of the role of power and influence, and the distribution of authority and governance within national, regional and international modes of security, and the principles of securitisation.

Through a combination of core and specialist modules, students taking the MSc in International Relations are provided with modules that help them analyse systematically the multifaceted character of the origins, evolution and conflictual development of the international political system. Students explore the application of analytical concepts, theories and research that make up the classic and contemporary canon of International Relations, examining as well the challenges of both ideological and systemic factors. Our students interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of national and political philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance across culture, space and time in order to better understand the global political system.

Modules on International Relations (as well as the Security Studies specialism) are comprised of formal lectures on key themes of IR, security and globalization, and interactive seminars that explore global actors, structures, and policies, making use of a robust range of teaching and learning styles to interrogate this complex and fast-changing subject area. Additional forms of interaction, including simulation games which reflect the actual workings of an international institution or security actor, as well as group work, the deconstruction and analysis of key international policy texts, treaties or conventions, alongside briefing notes on security-specific areas pertinent in the current international setup, and blog-writing on contemporary challenges to the international structure all ensure that students completing the MSc in International Relation acquire an advanced knowledge of their chosen area via the most contemporary pedagogic styles.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr David Bates