Taught course

International Security

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies in considering applications, will take the following into account: Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in International Security (MAIS) will provide you with:

  • A unique postgraduate experience designed to train graduates pursuing international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research
  • The opportunity to study in an internationally diverse postgraduate community
  • An enthusiastic and approachable teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields
  • A broad and in depth understanding of the new international security environment of the post-Cold War era.

The programme offers a distinctive focus on security issues, with academic expertise in both international security and European homeland security. You will gain an insight into the interplay of international power, order and institutions.

Programme Structure:
The MAIS programme may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time and includes PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualifications.

The first semester comprises an advanced introduction to the core elements of the field of International Security.

The second semester encourages you to focus on our department’s key strengths in conflict and security, European studies, politics and society.

You will prepare a dissertation during the final three months of the programme, drawing on core ideas by undertaking a more sustained piece of research on a question that you will identify.

Core units:

  • International Security, theories & concepts
  • International Security: the contemporary agenda
  • Scopes & methods of politics & international relations
  • International relations Masters dissertation

Optional units:

  • International organisations in world politics
  • Foreign policy making & analysis
  • International terrorism
  • International relations theories
  • European security
  • European foreign policy
  • National security of the UK: policy, strategy and practice
  • The politics of sustainability: environmental security & international relations
  • The politics of migration
  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • Memory culture – memory politics
  • Multilevel governance & multi-layered citizenship in Europe
  • Britain and Europe

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components. TOEFL 580 (paper-based text) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 21 Writing, Listening 21, Reading 22 and Speaking 23.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis

For more information about funding opportunities, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
4 months
part time
16 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 383037