International Security

MA or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: MA: 12 months; PGDip: 9 months; PGCert: 9 months

Part time: MA: 24 months; PGDip: 18 months; PGCert: 18 months




School of Social Sciences


Think beyond bullets and bombs. On our international security postgraduate course, you’ll consider what “human security” means in different parts of the world, along with how nations have traditionally protected themselves.

You’ll have opportunities to research topics like post-Cold War wealth inequality, the changing nature of global capitalism, and political, social and cultural reactions to the climate crisis. You’ll also look at examples of peace processes and post-war societies, and analyse the causes of violence in peacebuilding contexts.

We’ll encourage and help you to follow your political, social, and voluntary interests, as these will be a big part of your independent study. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to use your knowledge in intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (IGOs and NGOs).

Specific entry requirements

Students are normally required to have at least a second-class honours degree from a university in the UK or an equivalent qualification from countries outside the UK. The degree should be in an appropriate discipline.