Taught course

International Security

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

Entry requirements

Degree Classification - Bachelors (Hons) degree (2.1 or equivalent)

Degree Subject - Humanities or Social Sciences such as Law, Politics, International Relations or Development Studies.

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Months of entry


Course content

This course provides a comprehensive grounding in international security studies, focusing on developments since the end of the Cold War. International security issues arise within complex political, geopolitical, environmental, and social contexts, involving a broad range of state and non-state actors.

The study of security in the contemporary global politics presents a series of challenging real-world emergencies, intellectual questions, and policy dilemmas. We will show you how to consider the complex causes of these contemporary security problems. Providing you with the analytical tools to assess these processes, this MA combines the study of the main international relations and international security theories with empirical analysis of contemporary security issues. And, importantly, you’ll find solutions to the type of challenges you might face in the real world through simulated exercises.

Importantly, you will be able to tailor your learning by selecting optional modules, completing your degree with a dissertation which you’ll research and write independently on a subject of your choosing, with expert academic supervision.

We are proud to be committed to decolonising the curriculum. Mainstream approaches to security studies can start with the assumption that it is the borders of the state that define the line between “us” and “them.” But these binaries are now called into question as products of global racial hierarchies, imperial and colonial legacies, and North-South inequities. This decolonised approach, we believe, is vital in a world undergoing important shifts.

Information for international students

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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

Course contact details

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