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 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

Gain a rigorous understanding of contemporary and emerging security challenges.

The conduct of international security is changing, faced with new technologies, tactics and challenges. ‘Security’ itself remains a deeply contested term, with stark disagreements on its use.

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 how 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.

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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