Taught course

International Relations, Law and Security

University of Strathclyde · School of Government and Public Policy

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in social sciences/law subjects or substantial professional experience.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Months of entry


Course content

Internationally and domestically, security is among the most pressing concerns facing states. Adding to the complexity, is the increasingly broad definition of 'security' as new challenges emerge – for example in relation to climate change – while 'traditional' ones – such as terrorism – are reconstructed, along with the heightened interdependencies between states and within their critical infrastructures.

This MSc in International Relations, Law & Security introduces and familiarises students with contemporary issues relating to the course topics, examining them through legal and political viewpoints. It reflects contemporary policies by taking a broad view of ‘security’, rather than simply focusing on traditional areas of concern.

International Relations, Law & Security offers a genuinely interdisciplinary experience, which sets it apart from other MSc courses.

The core module is co-taught across the Schools of Government &Public Policy and Law, and students are required to choose at least one optional class from each school.

Your experience is further enhanced by learning alongside students from other disciplinary backgrounds.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check out our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

This course is taught mainly through face-to-face teaching where class time is spent discussing and debating the weekly topic. Each class is delivered through two-hour weekly seminars, which students are required to attend. Assessment is conducted with a mixture of presentations, written assignments and exams that vary module by module.

Course contact details

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