Taught course

International Security

Loughborough University · International Relations, Politics and History

Entry requirements

A 2:2 (55%) honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Social Sciences and Humanities. However, a large range of other subject areas will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in International Security is designed to expose students to a wide variety of case studies and theoretical perspectives whilst giving them plenty of opportunities to focus their assessments on the topics they are most interested in.

A rich variety of case studies of security threats and responses are covered, including nuclear weapons, terrorism, climate change, cyber threats and civil wars. Analysis is underpinned by thought-provoking engagement with cutting-edge theories in both traditional and critical security studies, as well as more broadly in war studies, peace studies and related areas. Topics covered include orthodox and critical understandings of security, intelligence, crisis management, ethical dilemmas, security in the global south, and urban warfare.

Assessment is designed to be policy-relevant. In particular, alongside more traditional essays and presentations, students get to practice and develop the skill of writing policy briefs. The dissertation also gives an opportunity to dig deeper into specific areas of interest.

Students also benefit from the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities such as numerous guest lectures and seminars delivered by researchers and practitioners and organised by Loughborough experts, including under the auspices of the Centre for Security Studies (CSS).

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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