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Educating and developing future leaders and decision makers. Team taught by all SSI academics, it will involve leading academics from across the University and senior practitioners from the private sector, intelligence community, the military, NGOs, international organisations and across government. Read more

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

• Educating and developing future leaders and decision makers
• Team taught by all SSI academics, it will involve leading academics from across the University and senior practitioners from the private sector, intelligence community, the military, NGOs, international organisations and across government
• Innovative teaching includes crisis management simulations with practitioners and at NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps HQ
• Fieldtrips to the Balkans and Brussels to view strategic security issues at first hand
• Exposure to Whitehall and participation in joint conferences with the Royal United Services Institute
• Excellent networking and mentor and peer support

FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY SECURITY

Focusing on insecurity in the contemporary world, you will examine the nature of strategy and how it relates to both policy and action in a fast-evolving and volatile international system. This is a world where questions are being asked of traditional institutions and levers of state-craft. There is a pressing need for creative, disciplined thinkers able to turn their ideas into action.

The MA considers threats to national, international and human security, ranging from interstate conflicts to more diverse contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, organised crime, resource denial and cyber security. You will investigate the drivers of instability, such as competition for resources in an age of increasing demand and financial austerity and look in detail at how the instruments of strategy, such as diplomacy and strategic communications, might be more effectively integrated.
You will learn how to design and manage strategic responses to crises, considering how decisions are made and the causes and consequences of miscalculation. This is not a war studies degree, but you will become familiar with the various forms of violent conflict, and learn through case studies, how the consequences are managed and, ideally, resolved.

STRATEGY IN ACTION

The way we teach this programme is unique. Our aim is not just to expand your theoretical knowledge but to develop conceptual and practical skills in strategic analysis, planning and leadership which you will be able to apply wherever you decide to make your career (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/strategy/ma/learningandteaching/).

The MA, is taught by a carefully selected mix of internationally-respected academic experts and leading practitioners from the public, private and third sectors. Learning will have practical application, relevance and be informed by the latest thinking and hard-won experience.

Drawing on simulation and scenario-planning techniques employed by industry, government and the military, you will learn how to design and implement strategy in conditions mirroring the complexity, uncertainty and pressure experienced by senior leaders everywhere: strategy making is a transferable skill in many sectors.
Participating in exercises run on campus and, for example, at the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps HQ, you will hone the strategic skills demanded of those holding top positions in international organisations, NGOs, the private sector, government and the security sector, and those who support them.

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

To learn more about strategy in action, you will visit international organisations and engage with think tanks and policymakers to hear from and debate with those involved in dealing with insecurity, conflict and its aftermath. Overseas field trips to post-conflict zones in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe will give you an enhanced and intensely personal perspective of the complexities, dilemmas and consequences of security strategy (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/strategy/ma/learningandteaching/fieldtrips/).

Our innovative interdisciplinary approach will equip you with a multi-dimensional understanding of the nature of confrontation, crisis and conflict, including the political, legal, social, economic, information and military levers.

The MA will provide you with invaluable skills, insight, knowledge, and connections (via our unrivalled network of Honorary Professors and Fellows http://www.exeter.ac.uk/strategy/people/honoraryappointments/) if you wish to pursue a career in policy-making, diplomacy, the private sector, in an NGO, in the military, the media – indeed, any environment requiring strategic acumen, insight and leadership.

As an MA Applied Security Strategy graduate, we hope you will be part of a life-long network of learning and shared experience fostered by teamwork and collaboration on the course and continued through an enduring affiliation with the Strategy and Security Institute.

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We are the first university in the United Kingdom to offer a fully globalised course developed in collaboration with key institutions in India, Australia and the United States. Read more
We are the first university in the United Kingdom to offer a fully globalised course developed in collaboration with key institutions in India, Australia and the United States. Our unique distance learning MSc course can be accessed worldwide and takes a global perspective of civilian and military veteran and family well-being.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/global-military-veteran-and-family-studies

Our postgraduate course has evolved in keeping with ongoing military strategy which considers culture as a tool of war, along with soft diplomacy and health engagement. Our course is delivered in close collaboration with key military educational institutions in the United States, Australia and India and delivered from a cross disciplinary perspective of social policy, military strategy, psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, leadership and education.

The curriculum is founded upon the concept of a ‘global veteran’ encompassing military and civilian personnel who have deployed to conflict zones, delivered humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, peace-making and policing at both home and abroad. The course is aimed at both military and civilian personnel who are involved in the care and well-being of the ‘global veteran’ and those caught in the crossfire, such as refugees and government and non-government workers. We strongly encourage applications from international students currently or who would like to work in this field, as we appreciate that care of the ‘global veteran’ and their families is a worldwide phenomenon.

The first of its kind, our global curriculum equips students with the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to ensure the health and well-being of the ‘global veteran’ both across and within national borders. You will explore the biological, psychological and social impact of working in dangerous and hazardous conflict zones and in addition, will have portable leadership and management skills to respond to humanitarian crisis as and when needed.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake short optional elective placements at key institutions in the United States and India and to take part in ongoing global educational research projects, as a means to broaden their research skills. The course is embedded in the Veterans and Families Institute and the curriculum and teaching team support the concept of education based research as a means in impact upon veteran care and well-being from a worldwide perspective.

Delivered online through our virtual classroom the teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and discussion forums, with regular one to one tutorials and is led by Dr Lyndsay Baines an expert in veteran care and a team of leading global academics and practitioners in the field.

Careers

On graduation at PG Cert level you will find you have new perceptions of the services you take responsibility for, allowing you to think differently about both your client group and your choice of helping strategies. You’ll gain increased ability to focus on the specialist experience of the client group and to adjust services where necessary.

When you complete the PG Diploma, you will also be able to focus on developing strategies that guide choices about services to make sure resources are used effectively. You'll be well-placed to advise senior managers and present arguments that persuade colleagues and sponsors to provide services for veteran clients that optimise the most effective outcomes. Offering this specialist resource will open doors to your career progression.

At Masters Level you will contribute to the extension of knowledge in the area of veteran mental health and undertake research that will have benefits for services and client outcomes. Career paths may be either towards service management or as a specialist practitioner or researcher.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, PG Certificate stage:
Military Life and Experience of the Global Veteran
Transition and Assimilation of the Global Veteran

Core modules, PG Diploma stage:
Global Veteran Mental Health, Social Care and Well-Being
Human Security, Health and Well Being of the Global Veteran

Core modules, MSc stage:
Research Methods
Masters Dissertation - Military Vet

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

The first two modules will be assessed through a construction and assimilation of patchwork texts (a series of separate pieces of work that are 'sewn' together at the end to link to the structure of the module). You’ll need to demonstrate an ability to write with a high level of critical analysis, to argue points from various perspectives and to demonstrate an ability to synthesise your ideas into practice. The Diploma level modules will be assessed through fine-graded essays and a presentation. The Masters level project will be assessed through the submission of a written Major Project.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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International Security (IS) is a field of study concerned with questions about war and peace, life and death, safety and survival. Read more

International Security (IS) is a field of study concerned with questions about war and peace, life and death, safety and survival. Traditionally its terrain has focused on concerns about the stability of the states’ system, the use of force, nuclear proliferation, military strategy, intelligence and the distribution of resources. Today, however, concerns about climate change, migration, poverty, health, privatisation, organised crime and international terrorism are also on the agenda. The MA in International Security at the University of Warwick is one of the most comprehensive international security graduate programmes in the country taught by staff at the cutting edge of international security research.

Programme content

The MA core module ‘Concepts and Theories of International Security’ provides a comprehensive grounding in the main theoretical approaches within the field of international security, using these to explore the most pressing issues on the international security agenda . Through emphasising the engagement between ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ approaches to security the module is designed to foster critical and reflective thinking by encouraging students to ask more fundamental questions about international security such as:

  • What does security mean?
  • Whose security are we talking about?
  • Which issues should be considered security issues?
  • What role does security play in contemporary political life?
  • Can security be achieved, and how, in both practical and philosophical terms?

Students on the MA in International Security are in turn able to choose from a broad range of cutting edge modules with a diverse thematic and geographic focus. PAIS has further supported students on the MA programme to organise a series of Graduate Conferences on International Security, while the Department also regularly hosts high profile speakers and organises public debates through its International Security research group.



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This is a unique one-year executive programme designed to enhance the strategic vision of future leaders. It examines the changing global landscape created by the fundamental shifts that have occurred in international relations in the past 20 years. Read more

About the executive MSc programme

This is a unique one-year executive programme designed to enhance the strategic vision of future leaders. It examines the changing global landscape created by the fundamental shifts that have occurred in international relations in the past 20 years. Lectures and seminars focus on strategic trends, the emergence of new strategic actors, and the international environment within which they operate, with particular attention to new security challenges and global flashpoints.

The programme is also focused on applicability and relevance, on how to manage risk and change. You will learn not only how to use strategy to deal with adversaries, but also to cooperate with others in solving common problems, be they military, diplomatic, political, or economic.

The programme is particularly suitable for professionals who are aiming to proceed to senior political or corporate-level positions. It will also be of interest to those wishing to deepen their conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations, with a view to address the complex challenges of the future.

The programme is taught via a combination of four intensive weeks, weekly evening sessions, and two policy weekends, allowing time-pressured professionals to combine work, life and studies.

Graduate destinations

The majority of graduates have continued to work in their previous posts, though very often at a higher level after having completed their studies. Others have changed direction entirely with some moving into government, international organisations, foreign policy consultancy, and full-time education.

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Minimum English language requirements. please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. Read more
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Overview

This course provides an authoritative introduction to the disciplines of military history and strategic studies.

The course introduces the key concepts, theories, debates and issues within the field and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and conduct of war, of contemporary strategy and of current Irish and European security policies.

The course will appeal to those interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies. However, no specialist prior knowledge is required.

Course Structure

The course will be delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students must take two core courses and two thesis related modules (HY678 & HY679) in addition to two modules chosen from a list of electives available that year. Modules include the Irish revolution 1913-1923, the development of modern warfare 1789-1918, strategic studies, research skills and thesis preparation. Field trips to battlefield sites may also be included as optional over the course of the academic year.

Career Options

Students who have completed the MA in History and Strategic Students have gone on to a variety of different careers including, teaching, journalism, retail and work in the service industry. A number of students have chosen to pursue careers in the Defence Forces in Ireland and overseas.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC code
MHP59 Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Minimum English language requirements. please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. Read more
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Overview

This course provides an authoritative introduction to the disciplines of military history and strategic studies.

The course introduces the key concepts, theories, debates and issues within the field and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and conduct of war, of contemporary strategy and of current Irish and European security policies.

The course will appeal to those interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies. However, no specialist prior knowledge is required.

Course Structure

The course will be delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students must take two core courses and two thesis related modules (HY678 & HY679) in addition to two modules chosen from a list of electives available that year. Modules include the Irish revolution 1913-1923, the development of modern warfare 1789-1918, strategic studies, research skills and thesis preparation. Field trips to battlefield sites may also be included as optional over the course of the academic year.

Career Options

Students who have completed the MA in History and Strategic Students have gone on to a variety of different careers including, teaching, journalism, retail and work in the service industry. A number of students have chosen to pursue careers in the Defence Forces in Ireland and overseas.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC code
MHP58 Full-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches and the questions and challenges of writing and researching military history. Read more
This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches and the questions and challenges of writing and researching military history. You’ll analyse the role of war in human history from its early beginnings to the present day in a core module which focuses on historiographical debates about warfare. You can then choose to study optional modules about a broad range of topics in the history of war, from medieval and early modern times to today.

You’ll have opportunities to use internationally-renowned collections in your studies, including the Liddle Collection of artefacts and private papers from the First World War in our Brotherton Library, the holdings of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, and material from the Imperial War museum North at Salford. The Second World War experience museum in nearby Wetherby provides a huge collection of private papers from the Second World War.

Course Content

As well as the three compulsory modules, you also choose two optional modules from a selection, for example:

- Making History: Archive Collaborations

- Warfare in the Age of the Crusades

- Defending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815

- Medicine and Warfare in the19th and 20th Centuries

- The War on Terror

- Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

- Guns and Global Security

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Advance your opportunities. Expanding your career opportunities in the modern era, requires a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of international affairs. Read more

Advance your opportunities

Expanding your career opportunities in the modern era, requires a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of international affairs. Increasingly, employers require skills in advanced research and critical thinking. The Master of International Relations at Bond incorporates both coursework and dissertations, equipping graduates with refined research skills and a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!

Study abroad in China

As part of their major dissertation, Master of International Relations students can apply to undertake a semester of study at a Faculty approved University in Beijing, China. This allows students to be exposed to an array of cultural experiences while undertaking relevant International Relations courses.

About the program

The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. Students enrolled in the program will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Graduates from the program could seek to further their careers in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, strategic decision making, sociology and economy. 

Structure and subjects

View the Master of International Relations - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The Master of International Relations comprises 12 subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (8)

Students must choose one (1) of the following options (6):

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Available research topics for dissertation / portfolio

The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff who can provide supervision to students in the following research areas:

  • ASEAN and Southeast Asian Regionalism
  • Australian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • China's Foreign Policy
  • China's Defence Policy
  • Chinese Strategic Culture
  • Chinese Strategy and PLA Military Modernisation
  • Conduct of Future Warfare [Transformation of defence policy in the 21st Century]
  • Diplomacy, Theory and Practice [including sports-diplomacy]
  • Dynamics and International Relations of Greater Central Asia
  • East West Diplomatic Culture and Practice
  • Futures Studies and International Relations
  • Global Political Economy and Global Development
  • Historical International Relations Systems
  • International Relations Theory
  • Middle and Great Power Theory [Australia, South Korea, India and China]
  • North Korean Politics, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Pandemics and National/International Security
  • Politically Motivated Violence and Terrorism
  • Popular Geopolitics
  • Public Diplomacy - Theory and Practice
  • Space Policy, Strategic Competition and International Security
  • South Asian International Relations
  • The United Nations


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An understanding of war, for good or ill, is of vital importance. This programme offers the opportunity to study the theory and practice of war in a wide range of aspects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from causes to consequences. Read more
An understanding of war, for good or ill, is of vital importance. This programme offers the opportunity to study the theory and practice of war in a wide range of aspects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from causes to consequences..

Why this programme

◾This MLitt aims to challenge, educate and engage by exposing you to a wide range of different ideas about war. It is specifically designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of the nature of war in theory and practice, and its place in history.
◾The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to conflict as well as to related conferences.
◾All courses are designed to expose you to detailed research topics, source criticism and current debate, and are led by internationally acknowledged experts.

Programme structure

You will spend the first semester studying on the degree’s core course which covers both the major thinkers on warfare and the practice and conduct of war.

Core topics may include
◾Jomini, aggressive warfare and the Confederate States of America at war
◾The evolution of Military Thought between the two World Wars
◾Europe’s ‘small wars’, 1800–present
◾Vegetius and ‘Vegetian strategy’ in medieval warfare.

In the second semester, you will take three optional courses which delve in greater detail into a particular aspect of military or strategic history.

Optional courses may include
◾Chivalry and warfare in later medieval Europe, 1300–1450
◾The American way of warfare; from the Revolution to the War on Terror
◾Insurgency and counter-insurgency, 1800-present
◾Western intelligence in an age of terror.

You will complete the programme by writing a dissertation based on your own research. This requires you to engage in original research guided by an expert in the field.

Career prospects

The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.

Positions held by recent graduates include Development Director, Professor, Correspondent, and Freelance Journalist.

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The MSc in International Defence and Security deals with some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice. Read more

Course Description

The MSc in International Defence and Security deals with some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice.

The programme draws upon our established expertise in international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, security studies, international law, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.

The course content is dynamic, challenging, and cutting edge, designed to equip you with the skills and insights needed to understand and authoritatively analyse contemporary debates in international relations using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools to deal with and confront the challenges presented by contemporary world politics.

Course overview

The course consists of three core modules and a wide range of elective modules of which you must pass seven, followed by a dissertation.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Modules

There are three compulsory modules which must be taken whether studying the PgCert, PgDip or full MSc. There is then a choice of elective modules from a range of 14. For the PgCert, 1 elective module must be selected, and for the PgDip and MSc, 7 elective modules.

Core:
- Study Skills and Research Methodology
- Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
- Defence in the 21st Century

Elective:
- Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
- Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
- International Law and Armed Conflicts
- International Criminal Law and Human Rights
- Intelligence in International Security
- Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
- Regional Security
- International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding
- Managing Natural Disasters
- Weapons of Mass Destruction, Control and Verification
- Military Support to Disasters
- Crisis Management
- The Resilience Context
- Strategy for Resilience

Individual Project

A 20,000 word dissertation.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, individual and group presentations, dissertation and examinations.

Career opportunities

This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation (Defence Attachés, Desk Officers within the MoD, representatives from the FCO and DFID) or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues pertaining to defence and security. Students may also wish to pursue careers with private security companies, think tanks, within academia or for foreign governments.

Applicants to this degree come from a range of backgrounds. While we have a number of candidates who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees, we also have a significant number who are civil servants working within defence, serving and retired military personnel and those who working within the financial services. The aim of this course is therefore to provide all students with a high quality, and transferable, postgraduate qualification.

The course therefore assists in taking you on to senior positions in the armed forces, government, international organisations, media and academia.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/international-defence-and-security.html

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The traditional military threats which defined global security matters for the best part of the 20th century have been quickly replaced by new and re-emerging security challenges. Read more
The traditional military threats which defined global security matters for the best part of the 20th century have been quickly replaced by new and re-emerging security challenges. This programme offers you the opportunity to examine many of these contemporary threats..

Why this programme

◾You will develop your knowledge of the security challenges impacting our rapidly changing social and political environment at a local, national and global level. These range from terrorism and cyber warfare to disease, migration and climate change.
◾You can combine a broad spectrum of subject areas into your degree, including politics, sociology, Central & East European studies, war studies, archaeology, computing science, geography, law, business and education.
◾You will have the opportunity to take part in policy development exercises: working with government officials and policy-makers to simulate the process of responding to major international security crises.
◾The programme will also include a series of master classes from high profile professionals and academics working in the field of security.

Programme structure

You will take four core and selection of optional courses. You will also complete a dissertation as a piece of independent research. In addition to the general degree programme, you have the opportunity to study one of three specialised pathways.

Core courses
◾Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict
◾International security and global politics
◾Research design OR Qualitative methods
◾Thematic issues in global security.

Optional courses

Pathways

Cyber security and intelligence

Provides you with the opportunity to examine how cyber issues and information communications technologies challenge the way states and citizens alike attempt to use and constrain information in a range of societies for security purposes. Specialised courses within this pathway include
◾Human-centred security
◾Information systems and databases
◾Systems and networks.

Social and cultural perspectives (not running in 2017-18)

Provides you with the opportunity to examine global security from a critical perspective, reflecting on social and cultural aspects and constructions of 'security'. Important to this pathway will be an interrogation of the relationship between security, vulnerability and the ethics of care. Specialised courses within this pathway include:
◾Critical perspectives on securities and vulnerabilities
◾A range of related optional courses.

Strategy and defence

Provides you with the opportunity to examine shifts in Western strategic thought in both a historical and contemporary setting. Particular attention will be given to how strategy and defence is currently developing within a new interdependent global context. Specialised courses within this pathway include
◾Comparative approaches to warfare and violent conflict
◾The American way of war: from Revolution to the War on Terror
◾A range of related optional courses.

Career prospects

You can move into careers such as working with governmental and non-governmental organisations, business and international/transnational organisations. Recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, the United Nations, the UK armed forces, a US based research agency and UK based private security and risk analysis companies. Others have gone to undertake a PhD.

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Discover how international relations theory affects real-world events, and develop crucial skills like decision making and debating. Read more
Discover how international relations theory affects real-world events, and develop crucial skills like decision making and debating. With prestigious guest lecturers and visits to key organisations, you’ll gain all the experience you need for a role in global politics.

Overview

This course will give you an understanding of how international relations theory is applied to real-world policy and strategy, and the practical problems involved in this.

You’ll examine the theory and definition of the ‘state’ and relations between different states, and the roles of other institutions and organisations, like multinational companies and transnational crime organisations. All your studies will contain a strong vocational element, with a focus on how theory affects, and is affected, by real events on the ground.

As well as this foundation in general international relations theory and practice, you’ll also have the chance to focus on your own areas of interest. Our optional modules will let you choose from subjects like the global risk society, policing and security, corruption and cross-border crime, war reporting, and terrorism.

To develop your decision-making, planning and debating skills, you’ll take part in interactive sessions, respond to specific scenarios and briefs, and undertake critical analysis. You’ll also receive advanced instruction in research methods, a vital skill both for your studies and your future career.

With a supporting team of lecturers who have academic and professional backgrounds in international relations, you can be sure you’re receiving the latest theory and careers advice.

Careers

Our course will prepare you for a career in many roles relating to international relations, such as diplomacy and the diplomatic services, strategy and strategic planning, public services, the Foreign Office, the UN and other international bodies, local government, NGOs, charities, education, journalism and press agencies.

Modules

Core modules:
International Relations Theory in Context
International Institutions and Policy
Major Project

Optional modules:
War, Peacekeeping and Military Intervention
Policing Transnational Crime
Communication and Conflict
Terror as Crime
Postgraduate Research Methods
Independent Learning Module

Assessment

We offer a range of core and optional modules, with optional modules sometimes changing depending on staff availability.

You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of role-play scenarios, briefs, written reports, poster presentations, group projects, dissertation, longer essays, case studies, research proposal, short analyses of global events, short review papers, practical data gathering exercises, and short abstracts of core course readings.

Events and activities

You’ll have the chance to attend cutting-edge lectures and seminars from prestigious guest speakers, practitioners and diplomats, and to visit organisations like the Ecole de Guerre in Paris, UN seminars, EU, UK government bodies, think tanks and media agencies.

Work placements

We’ll help you to arrange internships and placements.

Specialist facilities

Our campus in Cambridge features a mock courtroom for debates and role-playing.

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International Security, a specialization of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Read more
International Security, a specialization of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.

Traditionally, attention for warfare and political violence, i.e. military security, has dominated the study of International Security. They still form the central issues. But especially after the Cold War other concerns occupy the agenda, such as environmental security (about climate change or industrial hazards), societal security (about group identities) and economic security (about welfare and development). These different types of concerns have their own meaning when studying the causes of violent conflict, its prevention and management, and conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Methodologically, the study of International Security has profited from the so-called constructivist turn in International Relations. In addition to traditional analyses new approaches have emerged, most notably Critical Security Studies, the Copenhagen School, and the Risk Society approach.

Why in Groningen?

The Master's specialization International Security: (a) pays attention to the theoretical developments as well as the dimensions of the contemporary security agenda; (b) offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff; (c) includes a career-oriented internship that prepares graduates for the labour market; and (d) provides an excellent preparation for positions at a broad variety of security-oriented and conflict-management related institutions.

Job perspectives

The Master's specialization is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.

Research International Security

The chairgroup International Security Studies (ISS) is part of the Department of IRIO. The six permanent staff members and over 10 PhD students all contribute to the Faculty's research theme Conflict Studies. This is done at various levels of abstraction, focusing on various issue-areas and on various political contexts.

At the theoretical level the chairgroup aims to contribute to a better understanding of conceptualizations of security in time and space. How have academic debates in security studies evolved and how do they relate to security policies? This implies a focus on securitization theory, regional security complex theory, strategic studies, critical security studies and peace research.
In terms of issue-areas the group presently studies developments in military & defence policies, terrorism, peace making, peace building &peace keeping - including security sector reform -, societal security in relation to social identities and state formation, and finally securitization in energy, food, and health policies.
In terms of political contexts, the group focuses on institutional and regional settings in which security policies are shaped and implemented. Developments in Intergovernmental Organizations are studied - notably, in the European Union, NATO and the United Nations Security Council, and also in Non-Governmental Organizations in close cooperation with the research projects related to the Network on Humanitarian Action. The chairgroup has regional expertise about security politics in Europe (including Turkey), the Middle East, parts of Sub-Sahara Africa, and China.

The chairgroup brings much of its research interests together in the specialization International Security of the MA degree program IRIO.

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Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2018. Read more

Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2018.

Directed by Professor Jamie Shea (NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges), this unique one-year Master’s programme (possibility of part-time modus of evening classes -two-year-) provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies.

Designed, led and taught by a transnational network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, this programme enables students interested in an international career in government, international organisations, think tanks or NGOs to gain unique theoretical foundations, practical skill-sets and high-level contacts.

With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, the US and around the globe, the programme offers students a truly global and transatlantic exchange between theory and practice. Major scholars, think tanks, founders of the discipline of peace studies and senior strategists in security studies (including NATO specialists, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium and the Egmont Institute) are brought together in the partnership circle, advisory board and faculty of this programme to allow for a critical and balanced exchange between the perspectives. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract the insights, advantages and limitations of these perspectives and approaches to global peace, security and strategy.

Key Features

  • Intensive full-time one-year Master’s programme (*starting from 20 August, 2018) with flexible course formats; possibility of part-time modus of evening classes (two-years)
  • Innovative and interactive teaching, delivered by an outstanding faculty of scholars, practitioners and trainers
  • Organised by Vesalius College in cooperation with three leading partners (Egmont Institute, Royal Military Academy and the Institute of Economics and Peace)
  • Unique bridge between the disciplines, perspectives of peace studies, security studies and strategic studies
  • Strong link between theory and actual practice
  • Internship placement in international organisations, think tanks and NGOs
  • Intensive skills training and policy workshops
  • Strong link to policy-maker scene in Brussels
  • Capstone course that links students to real-life issues and challenges of policy-makers and practitioners

*Dates are subject to change



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Security is one of the fastest growing areas of concern in the academic, corporate and public domains, due not only to the threats of war and terrorism but also issues related to crime, safety, global strategy and political upheaval. Read more
Security is one of the fastest growing areas of concern in the academic, corporate and public domains, due not only to the threats of war and terrorism but also issues related to crime, safety, global strategy and political upheaval. This distance learning programme is delivered by Informa and will give you a solid grasp of the of problems facing the international community today.

More about this course

More than ever before, national governments, international agencies and major corporations recognise the need for personnel with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate exceptional skills of research and analysis.

We'll not only equip you to analyse these types of issues but will also help you place them in the context of broader military, strategic and political considerations.

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platorm. It will give you a solid academic grounding in the fields of criminology, terrorism and intelligence, which will provide you with the critical thinking skills needed to make sense of the ever-changing global security agenda. Thsi expertise will enable you engage with institutions and individuals central to this area.

To successfully complete the course you must pass each module. Assessment will incorporate coursework, online examinations, research assignments and essays. You'll be expected to participate in the virtual learning environment with tutors and fellow students.

For more information on the PGCert portion of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/security-studies---pg-cert/

For more information on the PGDip portion of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/security-studies---pg-dip/

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security (core, 20 credits)
-Intelligence Analysis (core, 20 credits)
-International Financial Crime and Security (core, 20 credits)
-Security Studies (core, 20 credits)
-Security Studies Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Strategic Change in the Global Environment (core, 20 credits)
-Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (core, 20 credits)

After the course

The distance learning course will benefit anyone wishing to work for a public, private or international organisation.

Typical career destinations include education, marketing, local and public services, journalism or positions within institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. The course is also particularly valuable if you're interested in policy issues or if you career plans involve dealing with international security affairs and you'd benefit from a solid academic grounding in the field.

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