Taught course

Conflict, Security and Development

University of Sussex · International Relations

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.

Months of entry


Course content

This course analyses the complex relationships at the heart of development and security in the Global South.

We have an interdisciplinary perspective on questions of peace, vulnerability and insecurity. You’ll gain a grounding in concepts of conflict, security and development. You’ll explore:

  • how cycles of insecurity and violence affect development
  • difficulties faced by various organisations negotiating spirals of violence and insecurity (for example during armed intervention, aid provision, peace-building processes or postconflict reconstruction)
  • whether underdevelopment in the Global South facilitates the international spread of terrorist and criminal networks.

You’ll benefit from our cutting-edge research, international faculty and distinctive programme of events. We host the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, the Centre for Advanced International Theory and the Centre for Global Political Economy. You can also make use of our strong working relationships with many alumni, collaborators and partner organisations around the world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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