Taught course

International Law and Security

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class first degree in International Relations, Law or a related discipline; applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military.

If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security. For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. international law and international relations provide that context.

Our MSc in International Law & Security provides an overview of concepts and themes relating to the study of international security in the contemporary world, from a legal as well as an international relations point of view. It introduces both traditional and 'new' approaches to defining and conceptualising security and considers the impact of International Relations theories upon the subject. It also examines key issues such as war, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the privatisation of warfare, energy security and environmental degradation.

Our course will equip you with the necessary analytical tools to understand and evaluate all aspects of security in the contemporary world. The issues outlined above lie at the heart of our course, which provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the interactions of law and international relations and the way they combine to shape the responses of states to threats to security. The course also provides an opportunity to understand how those responses in turn shape international law and international relations.

The University of Dundee runs two parallel masters degree in International Law & Security:

  • MSc International Law & Security for graduates in International Relations or similar subjects (ie this one), and
  • LLM International Law & Security for Law graduates

Internship opportunity

The opportunity to undertake an approved internship as a part the programme of studies is an exciting innovation in this area of study which will enable students to gain a unique insight into the application of the materials addressed in taught modules and to gain valuable experience to add to their CV.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Leonard
+44 (0)1382 385026