Taught course

International Security

University of Bath · Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as European Studies, International Relations, Modern Languages, Politics, History, Economics or Sociology.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the fast-changing and multi-faceted subject of international security. Learn about topics including cybersecurity, counterterrorism and peacekeeping.

International security has evolved enormously in the 21st century. Because of this, the way governments and organisations prepare for threats like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and territorial and sovereignty disputes must adapt, too.

This course aims to prepare you for the new landscape of international security. With a focus on contemporary security issues, you’ll look at politics and policymaking in the international arena, and the role of global actors within it.

You'll gain important insights into the diverse dimensions of international security through in-depth study of up-to-date practices and challenges. You’ll also consider how major security threats impact societies and individuals, and the policy decisions that can prevent and minimise their effects.

Topics you’ll cover include:

  • interstate and intrastate wars
  • conflict, peace and peacekeeping
  • terrorism and counterterrorism
  • intelligence
  • failed states and state building
  • cybersecurity
  • political violence
  • climate challenges

This course is suitable for you if you have a degree in an appropriate subject, such as public policy, government, international affairs, international relations, history or sociology, and a keen interest to expand your knowledge and career prospects.

It's also suitable for you if you 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.

Learn from experts in the field

Studying in our Department for Politics, Languages & International Studies will provide you with the opportunity to work with leading researchers. Their first-hand research experience will allow you to gain new perspectives on this complex subject area. Their expertise spans areas like cyberspace politics, gender politics, biological and chemical warfare, and global governance.

Gain important career skills

You’ll have the opportunity to gain:

  • in-depth knowledge of the new international security environment of the 21st century
  • a detailed understanding of the theories and methods underpinning international security
  • the ability to analyse current security challenges and practices and their impact on research and policymaking
  • a strong foundation for an international career in administration, diplomacy, research and policymaking

Graduate prospects

Studying this course will provide you with an excellent grounding for working in international organisations, government agencies, multinational corporations, NGOs, and public bodies.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations, including:

  • Foreign Relations Officer, Office of the Narcotics Control Board
  • Policy Advisor, DEFRA
  • Analyst, UI's Europe Programme
  • NATO consultant, Washington DC
  • Global Operations Officer, Drum Cussac Group

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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