Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in international relations, politics, history, sociology, criminology or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our master's in Security is designed to educate and inform students who wish to understand the complexities of global politics at an advanced level. It also offers opportunities for those who wish to be trained to work in diplomacy, international organisations, international charities or in the stewardship of global peoples and global resources. This policy-relevant programme, which studies real problems in real places, is taught by experts specialising in international relations and security studies.

Terrorism, civil wars, migration, modern slavery, climate change and predatory states all threaten the stability of our international system. Liberal states struggle to find political and military answers to the on-going challenges of international security in the 21st century.

This master's degree in Security explores contemporary security issues in international politics. From the defence of the UK, the future of NATO and pressing issues such as hybrid war, cyber threats and the ambition of states such as Russia and China, we examine the security challenges of our time. Among the most pressing concerns are migration, development and the ecological threats to communities posed by climate change. Our master's is designed to develop skills for those students wishing to pursue careers in international politics and the charity and humanitarian sectors, as well as those hoping to go on to study for a PhD.

The MA will see you study the theoretical, covering ideas and concepts that inform the study of international security but is also practical and has an emphasis on problem-solving. Our experts, who all teach and work in security, lead students in understanding conflict in our world. Subjects studied include conflict, civil wars and military/political responses. Our experts operate through small group teaching and individual supervision in a supportive environment geared to the work of understanding our world. There is emphasis on engagement with practice and policy work.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


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

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0)1509 222983