Taught course

International Security

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

The conduct of international security is changing. This is in response to new technologies, tactics and challenges. ‘Security’ itself is a contested term, with stark disagreements on its use. Join this course to gain a rigorous understanding of contemporary and emerging security challenges.
You explore the many different understandings of ‘security’, their histories and futures. You look at how they matter to war, insurgency and foreign policy today.

You learn to produce informed analysis of a range of issues including:

  • imperial and civil wars
  • rising powers and military intervention
  • violence against civilians
  • terrorism and new technologies of war
  • intelligence and resilience
  • weapons of mass destruction and biosecurity.

You’ll study at the centre of theoretical innovation on international politics. We host the specialised Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, the Centre for Advanced International Theory, the Centre for Global Health Policy and the Centre for Global Political Economy. You’ll learn through our multidisciplinary environment, interdisciplinary approach, cutting-edge research, international faculty and distinctive programme of events.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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