Taught course

International Security

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject.

Months of entry


Course content


This course provides a theoretical and empirical understanding of international security and international relations. The International Security Masters (ISMA) will help you to develop a range of valuable skills, particularly if you are seeking a professional career in international security as a Policy Analyst, Journalist or Researcher, or to pursue postgraduate research in international security and international relations.


Central to all UEA’s international politics MA degrees is an essential grounding in International Relations theory and security in the international system, including exploration of the practical issues of security, such as terrorism. A core component is the dissertation, where students are required to write on an agreed topic with a specialist supervisor and conduct independent research. Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams alongside course tests and reflective reports.


UEA’s School of Political, Social and International Studies pride themselves on providing top-quality, research-inspired teaching with an interdisciplinary approach. The majority of teaching utilises lectures and seminars, but where appropriate films and scenarios are used to explore different concepts, both thematically and empirically. All modules will seek to improve your engagement and encourage independent learning.


Over the course of the MA, students develop a variety of transferable skills including debating, oral presentations, team work, project work and essay writing. All students also take a module that is specifically designed to help improve research skills, ideal for those seeking a career in research. Graduates have taken up jobs in the fields of business, teaching, policy research, government and international organisations. The career centre at UEA is an excellent resource, hosting special days for Politics students to talk to professionals working in their field.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515