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 preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject, such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course analyses the complex relationships that lie at the heart of the development-security relationship in the Global South.

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.

We have an interdisciplinary perspective on questions of peace, vulnerability and insecurity, giving you a distinctive grounding in concepts of conflict, security and development.

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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