This course uniquely combines the study of terrorism with counter-terrorism, intelligence and international security. It takes an inter- and cross-disciplinary approach, drawing upon politics, history and sociology.
Our staff have research expertise in terrorism, intelligence and security, and the programme director, Prof Christian Kaunert, holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice & Home Affairs Policy.
What is so good about this course?
This course is all about choice, and tailoring your study to match your needs. You apply to MLitt International Security, and can choose a specialist pathway to suit your interests; your choice dictates your core module, and you select an additional three optional modules. Choose from:
Drugs and Organised Crime
You then graduate in a named degree, for example, MLitt International Security: Terrorism.
Who should study this course?
The programme is suitable for people who want to pursue a careers in the security services or in international relations, who have previously studied International Relations or a related subject.
If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.
International Security: Drugs and Organised Crime MLitt
International Security: European Union MLitt
International Security: Human Rights MLitt
International Security: International Relations MLitt
International Security: Middle East MLitt
International Security: Russia MLitt
International Security: South Asia MLitt
International Security: Terrorism MLitt
Teaching & Assessment
- How you will be taught
The taught part of the course is delivered September - December and January - March. The dissertation is undertaken between April & August. This is the same for students whether they start in Janary or September.
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
- How you will be assessed
By assessed coursework, examination and dissertation.
What you will study
Each pathway has its own core module (see below), which you must study.
You then choose three more modules from amongst the remainder, all modules are worth 30 credits.
You also undertake the Politics dissertation is worth 60 credits.
- MLitt International Security
Core module: International Security
- MLitt International Security: Terrorism
Core module: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe
- MLitt International Security: Human Rights
Core module: Human Rights in International Relations
- MLitt International Security: Drugs and Organised Crime
Core module: International Security of Drugs & Organised Crime
- MLitt International Security: International Relations
Core module: Explaining and Understanding International Politics
- MLitt International Security: European Union
Core module: European Union Security
- MLitt International Security: Russia
Core module: Russian Politics & Security
- MLitt International Security: South Asia
Core module: Politics & Security in South Asia
- MLitt International Security: Middle East
Core module: The Middle East & Terrorism
Graduates from the MLitt International Security have a wide range of career options. The knowledge and research skills gained are an excellent basis for working in the civil service, journalism, the police and armed forces, politics, policy research (think tanks, research institutes), intergovernmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations. Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, or as government advisers. The distinctive interdisciplinary features and distinctive opportunity to combine theory with practice will be of great benefit to graduates.
This Masters degree is an excellent basis for undertaking further postgraduate study in International Security or International Politics, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.