Research course

Geopolitics and Security

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations
MSc / PGDip

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent OR Mature students with substantial and relevant work experience would be considered PLUS For non-English native speakers, IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores

Months of entry


Course content

Both geopolitics and security are defining issues of our era. As a global community, we face unprecedented challenges relating to environmental catastrophe, resource shortages, economic meltdown, terrorism and infrastructural failure. We need to understand the conditions that make our daily lives vulnerable and to develop strategies to manage risk and mitigate the impact of crisis, whilst also fostering critical reflections on those very strategies and techniques which seek to keep us secure.

This course combines thematic elements which theorise geopolitics and security with specialist options, which allow you to follow your own interests, alongside a dissertation, which can be strongly connected to work-related/future career interests. Multiple methods of assessment and diverse research methods encourage skills development and employability. We will encourage students to network with relevant organizations and institutions, building on staff expertise and experience.

The course is designed for both ambitious young graduates and experienced professionals working in commercial or political organisations such as banking, energy, media, think tanks, NGOs and government, where risk (management), threat and insecurity are critical to strategic policy development.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration

MSc / PGDip

part time
24/20 months
full time
12/9 months

Course contact details

Professor Peter Adey