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If you work in the nuclear sector, then develop the skills you need to be recognised as a professional in nuclear security management. Read more
If you work in the nuclear sector, then develop the skills you need to be recognised as a professional in nuclear security management. We produce professionals who have mastered the science, art and engineering of effective nuclear security management, gaining the practical skills they need for their workplace. You'll become one of the senior decision-makers of the future nuclear industry and regulation around the world.

Our course has been recognised by the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) Academy as compliant with international consensus standards of best practice, and we are working towards recognition for contributing to the achievement of Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) status. If you want to get ahead in your workplace, then our course will continue your professional development to ensure a successful career.

Course outline

This part-time course will enable you to earn while you learn, taking place over 2 years. Each module only takes one week of classroom / laboratory study together with 5 weeks study in the workplace, including an assessment. We offer prompt feedback on your work to enable you to shape your skills as well as your theoretical knowledge.

The course will use an innovative 'virtual learning community' approach to study real situations without creating security constraints. This material will support more traditional lecture materials, and group seminars as well as small group tutorials. All materials will be provided online for private study at any convenient time, in any time zone. Students are expected to establish and maintain an electronic portfolio of their studies, and appropriate workplace material as evidence of their professional development as part of their evidence for the Security Institute.

We have worked closely with the nuclear industry, non-nuclear industries and regulators. The syllabus has been based on the International Atomic Energy Agency (http://www.iaea.org) and World Institute for Nuclear Security (http://www.wins.org) syllabuses for nuclear security management education to ensure it both represents international best practice and is applicable in any part of the world.

Other admission requirements

Students with qualifications such as HND with relevant industrial/engineering experience are welcomed. They will be judged on an individual basis and will be required to be interviewed, remotely if necessary. Admission would be granted in accordance with the university's procedures for APL.

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Studying this postgraduate course, will enable students to evaluate the complex environmental, social and economic impacts of Nuclear Security projects, and to critically assess and respond to policy and regulation frameworks. Read more
Studying this postgraduate course, will enable students to evaluate the complex environmental, social and economic impacts of Nuclear Security projects, and to critically assess and respond to policy and regulation frameworks. You will develop a knowledge and awareness of the planning and regulations related to Nuclear Security projects. The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. As a result, the Postgraduate Certificate in Nuclear Security and Safeguards has been uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

INDUSTRY LINKS

UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd.

FURTHER INFORMATION

A variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, and project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Four modules available are delivered by blended methodology; only three are required for the award, Upon completion the student will receive 60 credits.

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The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. Read more
The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, the course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4104) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (o) (SC4105) 20 credits
Decommissioning and Retrieval Conditioning and Storage of Radioactive Waste (o) (SC4106) 20 credits

Involves a variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, and project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Four modules available are delivered by blended methodology; only three are required for the award, Upon completion the student will receive 60 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route and provides opportunities for professionals with experience of the nuclear safety and security industry to place this expertise in an academic context. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear Industry.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards is a unique course offering employees already working within the nuclear sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible course to fit in around their work patterns. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards is a unique course offering employees already working within the nuclear sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible course to fit in around their work patterns. UCLan also encourages people from the general engineering sector to undertake this postgraduate course. This course develops an awareness of the planning and regulations related to nuclear safety and security projects. You will gain an understanding of theories and practical skills necessary to be responsible for the design, analysis and evaluation of Nuclear Safety and Security systems.

INDUSTRY LINKS

UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

A variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear safety and security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology to achieve award with two optional modules in both safety-related and security-related elements. Upon completion the student will receive 120 credits.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. It is hoped that PG Dip Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards will enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness and performance in employment, and assist you in making a positive and sustained contribution to your wider community.

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The MPhil in Nuclear Energy, provided by the Department in collaboration with the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre, is a one year full-time nuclear technology and business masters for engineers, mathematicians and scientists who wish to make a difference to the problems of climate change and energy security by developing nuclear power generation. Read more
The MPhil in Nuclear Energy, provided by the Department in collaboration with the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre, is a one year full-time nuclear technology and business masters for engineers, mathematicians and scientists who wish to make a difference to the problems of climate change and energy security by developing nuclear power generation. The combination of nuclear technology with nuclear policy and business makes the course highly relevant to the challenges of 21st century energy needs, whether in the UK or in countries across the globe.

The MPhil is part of the University of Cambridge's Strategic Energy Initiative in response to the prospect of a nuclear renaissance in the UK and around the world. The aim is to provide a masters-level degree course in Nuclear Energy which will combined nuclear science and technology topics with business, management and policy teaching. Students will be equipped with the skills and information essential to responsible leadership of the international global nuclear industry.

The course recognises that, though the prospects for nuclear energy are now better than they have been for twenty years, the nuclear sector is situated within in a wider market for energy technologies, and has no special right to be developed. The political, economic and social contexts for nuclear power are as important as the technical merits of the designs of reactors and systems. The course therefore has a multi-disciplinary emphasis, aiming to be true to the reality of policy-making and business decision-making.

This course is for students who have a good degree in Engineering or related science subject and who wish to gain the knowledge and skills to build a career in the nuclear and energy sectors. Secondary career paths might include nuclear proliferation prevention, radiological protection, nuclear governance, nuclear medicine and health physics. While the prime focus of the course is to equip students for roles in industry, there is a path towards research through preparation for a PhD programme. The modular open architecture of the course allows students to tailor the degree to suit their background, needs and preferences.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegmpmne

Course detail

The course will equip its graduates with a wide range of skills and knowledge, enabling them to fully engage in the nuclear sector.

Graduates will have developed a knowledge and understanding of nuclear technology, policy, safety and allied business. They will have received a thorough technical grounding in nuclear power generation, beginning with fundamental concepts and extending to a range of specialist topics. They will also be equipped with an appreciation of the wider social, political and environmental contexts of electricity generation in the 21st century, with a firm grounding in considering issues such as climate change, energy policy and public acceptability.

The programme will cultivate intellectual skills allowing graduates to engage with the business, policy and technical issues that the development and deployment of nuclear energy poses. These include skills in the modelling, simulation and experimental evaluation of nuclear energy systems; critically evaluating and finding alternative solutions to technical problems; applying professional engineering judgment to balance technological, environmental, ethical, economic and public policy considerations; working within an organisation to manage change effectively and respond to changing demand; understanding business practice in the areas of technology management, transfer and exploitation.

The programme will also develop transferable skills enabling graduates to work and progress in teams within and across the nuclear sector, including the management of time and information, the preparation of formal reports in a variety of styles, the deployment of critical reasoning and independent thinking.

Finally, graduates will have research experience having planned, executed, and evaluated an original investigative piece of work through a major dissertation.

Format

The MPhil in Nuclear Energy is based in the Department of Engineering and is run in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School and the Departments of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and Earth Sciences.

The programme consists of six compuslory courses in nuclear technology and business management, and four elective courses chosen from a broad range of technical and management courses. These elective courses enable the student to tailor the content of the programme to his career needs; they range from wholly management-oriented courses to technical courses in preparation for an engineering role or further research through a PhD. A long research project is required, with topics chosen from a list offered by members of staffed and Industry Club members, and linked to the principal areas of energy research in their respective departments and companies.

Students are also expected to attend field visits, a Distinguished Lecture Series and weekly seminars, and are able to benefit from research skills training offered by the Department.

Assessment

A large individual research project will be undertaken, which will be examined in two parts. The first part will include a report (of up to 4,000 words) and a five-minute oral presentation. The second part is assessed through the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation, including a fifteen minute oral presentation.

All students will be required to complete at least four items of coursework.

All students will take at least three written examinations, of 1.5 hours each.

Continuing

Students wishing to apply for continuation to the PhD would normally be expected to attain an overall mark of 70%.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

UK applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships of £7,000; these scholarships are funded by the MPhil's industrial partners.

To apply for a scholarship, eligible applicants must list the Nuclear Energy Scholarship in Section B(4) of the online GRADSAF form. People wishing to be considered for a scholarship must submit their application before the end of May 2016.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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This postgraduate course will develop an awareness of the planning and regulations related to Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards projects. Read more
This postgraduate course will develop an awareness of the planning and regulations related to Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards projects. The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. As a result, the MSc Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards course has been developed directly in line with recent Government plans for higher education institutions to work closely with niche industries; developing customised programmes and building relationships with employers. The course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It will include a visit to a nuclear reactor or a nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, subject to obtaining security clearance from the nuclear regulator.

INDUSTRY LINKS

UCLan has developed strong relationships with the nuclear industry and supply chain, including Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow, Westinghouse, Atkins, AMEC and Studsvik.

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The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. Read more
The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, the course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Safety (SC4102) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Safety (SC4103) 20 credits

Involves a variety of assessments including field visit reports and group project presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear safety projects - directed to the preparation of and participation in student-led project presentations. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and field visits. Three modules delivered by blended methodology. Upon completion, the student will receive 60 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route and provides opportunities for professionals with experience of the nuclear safety and security industry to place this expertise in an academic context. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear Industry. The modules are cacheable modules that will lead onto either a PGDip and/or MSc.

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The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. Read more
The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, the course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Safety [o] (SC4102) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Safety [o] (SC4103) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4104) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards [o] (SC4105) 20 credits
Decommissioning and Retrieval Conditioning and Storage of Radioactive Waste [o] (SC4106) 20 credits
Research Methodology (SC4107) 10 credits
Leadership Strategies and Skills in Nuclear Related Environment (SC4108) 10 credits

A variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear safety and security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology to achieve award with two optional modules in both safety-related and security-related elements. Upon completion the student will receive 120 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route and provides opportunities for professionals with experience of the nuclear safety and security industry to place this expertise in an academic context. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear Industry.

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The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. Read more
The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, this MSc course has been developed directly in line with recent Government plans for higher education institutions to work closely with niche industries; developing customised programmes and building relationships with employers. The course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Safety (SC4102) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Safety (SC4103) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4104) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4105) 20 credits
Research Methodology (SC4107) 10 credits
Leadership Strategies and Skills in Nuclear Related Environment (SC4108) 10 credits
MSc Project (nuclear related) (SC4109) 60 credits

Involves a variety of assessments including field visit reports, group project presentations, master’s project report and presentation. The programme offers modular delivery allowing the student to complete a full module in one week. The course will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology. The final year thesis will be equivalent to three modules. Upon completion the student will receive 180 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear industry.

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The MA in Science and Security is designed to provide an integrated understanding of science and international politics. Developments in technology are central to all aspects of international conflict, and a multidisciplinary understanding of these developments is necessary to fully comprehend their policy implications. Read more
The MA in Science and Security is designed to provide an integrated understanding of science and international politics. Developments in technology are central to all aspects of international conflict, and a multidisciplinary understanding of these developments is necessary to fully comprehend their policy implications. Topics include nuclear weapons, arms control verification, cyber security, and terrorism.

Key benefits

• A unique programme designed to develop students' abilities to understand and analyse the security implications of scientific and technological developments, utilising knowledge and tools of analysis from the hard sciences, political science, history, philosophy and the sociology.

• The Centre for Science and Security Studies, based in the Department of War Studies, provides a vibrant home for the MA. The Centre has a growing cadre of PhD students and researchers, and sponsors its own speaker series. Students on the MA are encouraged to apply for internships (on Centre research projects and/or with other relevant institutions in London, such as the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) and IISS).

• With a typical 50-50 mix of students with a hard science versus social science/humanities background, the programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn from each other as well as from staff and visiting lecturers; in recent years students have institutionalised this by forming their own reading group.

• Students have access to visiting academics, serving officers, government ministers and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.

• The Department of War Studies is unique in the UK and one of very few university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon.

• The Department has an excellent reputation as a graduate training institution and is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council as a training institution for War Studies.

• The Department places great emphasis on recruiting leading experts who bring with them not only a wealth of knowledge and ideas but an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policy-making bodies and institutions.

• The unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. Students enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities.

• The department is close to the seat of Government, the City, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/science-and-security-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

There is an increased need in today's world to understand the security implications of scientific and technological developments. While science and technology have always affected national and international security, current developments in the fields of space, nuclear and biological weapons, and long-range missiles as well as work in such emerging fields as biotechnology and information technology suggest that the impact of science on security is becoming more diverse as well as more central to policy planners. At the same time, individuals and sub-national groups have more access to new technologies than ever before.

Our programme is designed to provide you with an integrated understanding of science and politics. This involves developing an understanding of the science underlying key weapons systems and technologies, the main concepts and tools of international politics and security studies, and the process by which scientists and policymakers can interact productively in the policy process. The goal is to equip you to be able to analyse the impact of current and future scientific developments on security.

- Course purpose -

Our programme is designed to provide you with an integrated understanding of science and international politics to cope with the demands of the emerging security agenda.

- Course format and assessment -

Most of the 20-credit modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay or two 2000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules are assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.

Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas, exams.

The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.

Career prospects

Whilst this is not a vocational programme, students on our MA programmes have gone on to build careers in further academic research, NGOs, civil service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, and the armed forces.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The subject of security has considerable contemporary relevance, both nationally and internationally. A long and diverse list of issues have been characterised as security threats from warfare to global warming. Read more
The subject of security has considerable contemporary relevance, both nationally and internationally. A long and diverse list of issues have been characterised as security threats from warfare to global warming.

On this Masters you will consider events such as these across a range of different perspectives discussing their implications for security at the international, national and local levels as well as their relevance to different actors such as the state and the individual.

For example, the ongoing Syrian civil war and the breakdown of the Syrian state may represent a security risk for the UK by giving groups likes ISIS the space to operate and potentially attack the West. However, if we alter our focus we quickly become aware of a range of different insecurities felt by civilians displaced from their homes and struggling to survive as a result of the conflict.

What's covered in the course?

The MA Security Studies course takes a detailed and critical approach to the study of security, incorporating all of these different perspectives within a contemporary and international context. On this course, you will get a mix of the traditional focuses of the discipline such as conflict between states and theories of international relations, new security challenges such as cybersecurity and an opportunity to reflect upon what security is, who or what it is for and the impacts of practicing security.

If you opt to undertake this course, you will get the opportunity to study this diverse subject with academics who have an equally diverse range of research informed expertise, including war and modern conflict, terrorism and counterterrorism, cybersecurity, European foreign affairs, and intelligence and surveillance.

Alongside this, you will receive dedicated research training and practice throughout the degree that will prepare you for the dissertation as well as develop essential transferable skills that will allow for you to standout in the job market as well as providing you with the necessary tools should you wish to continue within academia.

Why Choose Us?

-You will critically explore the concept of security, asking what it is, who it is for and what it entails.
-You’ll get to learn about issues of contemporary and international significance that reflect the breadth of the discipline from the proliferation of nuclear weapons to climate change.
-You’ll experience research-led teaching and study alongside a team of academics with diverse expertise who are actively publishing in the field.
-Separate yourself within the job marketplace by demonstrating to potential employers your academic commitment, expertise and transferable skills, such as research training and practice.

Course Structure

Each module has four hours of teaching and learning attributed to it per week. These hours are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, online virtual learning environment content, directed reading, one-to-one supervision and independent/small group-led learning. In the first two semesters you will take three 20 credit modules that will all be delivered on one day during the week.

Employability

The teaching team draws on the combined with the expertise of members of the Centre for Applied Criminology, who will give you cutting-edge criminological knowledge from their impactful and high-profile research, as well as giving you excellent access to experienced practitioners and Criminal Justice System organisations.

The access provided to professionals, the presence of practitioners among fellow students and the capacity to reflect upon relevant volunteering or work experience within the structure of the course means that the course provides excellent opportunities for building contacts and networking, as well as developing opportunities for employment.

The School of Social Sciences has relationships with a number of criminal justice agencies and non-government organisations, including the local Community Safety Partnership, HMP Grendon and the Howard League.

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Our MSc degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations. Read more
Our MSc degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations. The programme considers how political communities with different values, cultures, histories, and security conceptions can build trust in a global system.

You will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of key global security challenges (e.g. climate change, nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, and intractable conflicts inside and across state borders) and cover debates in International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies.

Topics and issues examined include:

The Security Dilemma.
Face-to-face diplomacy.
Peace building, alliances and institutions
Emotions in crises and conflicts
The psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violence
Identities of religion, gender, and nationalism
Game theory: the Prisoner’s Dilemma.
The risks of nuclear war during the Cold War.
US-Iran nuclear relations.
The possibilities for avoiding a new Cold War with China.

Our students explore cutting edge scholarship through three core modules: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics, Global Cooperation in Practice, and our exclusive training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation. In addition, our new module Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation examines the psychological determinants of political choices and behaviours. Our programme allows for a truly interdisciplinary training in understanding and tackling the challenges of complex international tensions.

Our MSc degree has one more distinctive feature: it is offered by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre, in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. The ICCS has strong connections to high level practitioner networks, which offer summer internship opportunities. Our MSc students can also become members of the four ICCS Research Working Groups: Trust; Political Settlements; International Political Psychology; Unmanned and Remote-Piloted Systems.

Who is the programme for?

Our MSc degree is designed for students interested in international relations, political psychology and security studies. Our students share a common goal: to advance their academic training, establish a policy-related career, work in government, international organizations and NGOs, or serve as mediators, negotiators and diplomats to address intractable conflicts at all levels of world politics.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.

Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The Master of International Security is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding both traditional and emerging security challenges. Read more
The Master of International Security is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding both traditional and emerging security challenges. It draws on a wide range of disciplinary fields including defence, international relations, strategic studies, political science, economics, environmental studies, law, business, public health, biology and demography.

The course provides a solid grounding in the foundational concepts and methods in the study of international security. You will also engage with a wide range of complex and frequently interconnected issues. They range from the causes and consequences of war between states to ethnic, religious and ideological conflicts, threats to human security and the stability of states from environmental degradation, infectious diseases, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the activities of non‑state actors. You will have the opportunity to take classes from across the department’s offerings in international relations, public policy, and Australian politics.

The Master of International Security has a research-driven teaching approach. It adds a practical focus by encouraging you to apply theories to real-world situations and current policy debates. Our staff are actively engaged with the policy community and regularly undertake field research within the region and elsewhere internationally.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The Masters in Physics. Global Security provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to interdisciplinary challenges in the area of global security, and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. Read more
The Masters in Physics: Global Security provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to interdisciplinary challenges in the area of global security, and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

Why this programme

-The University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2016).
-The School plays a leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.
-With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Physics and Astronomy combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
-The School of Physics & Astronomy hosts the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre, which houses state-of-the-art instrumentation for studying materials at the nanoscale or below.
-You will gain the theoretical, experimental and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve a range of advanced physics problems relevant to the theme of this global challenge, providing an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadership in academia or industry.
-You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.
-You will benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and supervise your projects.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc Physics: Global Security include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

The programme draws upon a wide range of advanced Masters-level courses. You will have the flexibility to tailor your choice of optional lecture courses and project work to a wide variety of specific research topics and their applications in the area of global security.

Core courses include
-Advanced data analysis
-Detection and analysis of ionising radiation
-Research skills
-Extended project

Optional courses include
-Advanced electromagnetic theory
-Applied optics
-Detectors and imaging
-Environmental radioactivity
-Nuclear power reactors
-Quantum information
-Statistical mechanics

Industry links and employability

-The School of Physics and Astronomy is highly active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have regular opportunities to engage with our industrial collaborators through informal visits, guest lectures and workshops.
-You will also benefit from our membership of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. The alliance brings together internationally leading physics research across Scotland to form the largest physics grouping in the UK.
-Our staff and students come from all around the world providing a truly global experience. The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to providing an equitable environment for study and work, in line with the principles of Project Juno of the Institute of Physics. This was recognised in 2011 by the award of Juno Champion status. We also have a strong programme of talks and seminars given by experts from the UK and abroad, which will give you the chance of broadening your knowledge in many other areas of physics and astronomy.
-The School plays a world-leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.
-This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MSc programmes automatically meet the master's level education requirement for Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. To fully meet the educational requirements for CPhys, graduates must also possess an IOP accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include academic research, based in universities, research institutes, observatories and laboratory facilities; industrial research in a wide range of fields including energy and the environmental sector, IT and semiconductors, optics and lasers, materials science, telecommunications, engineering; banking and commerce; higher education.

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This course has been developed in consultation with the nuclear engineering industry to provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to work with modern control and instrumentation technologies. Read more

Description

This course has been developed in consultation with the nuclear engineering industry to provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to work with modern control and instrumentation technologies. This course offers an opportunity not only to specialise in nuclear engineering control, instrumentation and standards for operation and maintenance but also provides sufficient scope for students wishing to develop advanced skills in modern automation and in working with large industrial networks.

You may build valuable skills through a selection of option units and a project to gain advanced knowledge in sustainable energy systems and smart technologies for power system applications or in specialising in embedded systems as well as in applied digital signal processing for industrial applications. The course will also offer opportunities for those interested in combining engineering skills with management practice.

You will learn advanced concepts in the principles and operation of instrumentation for control, including control system architectures, communications, open systems security, hazard analysis, system reliability, safety and protection.

The course enables the appreciation of the practical aspects of control design and maintenance and offers hands-on experience in designing and developing solutions for control problem-solving using the IEC61131-3 standard. The course covers specialist and intelligent sensor systems, PLC-based control, Profibus and Profinet.

Core units

- Advanced Control and Instrumentation
- MSc Engineering Project

Option units

- Management Practice
- Embedded Systems and Systems on Chip
- Digital Signal Processing
- Sustainable Energy Systems
- Industrial Communication Systems
- Smart Technologies for Power Management
- Sensing and Imaging
- Manufacturing Systems Management

Optional units listed in the following curriculum structures are all approved for delivery, but may not all run/be available in any one academic session.

Assessment is though a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.

Career Prospects

You may enter the nuclear industry and target specific roles that fit with your own expertise. Learning in current regulations and industry-standard practice in control and instrumentation could be transferred across a range of industries.

You will also be well placed to pursue an employment position with partners or further study through a PhD or an Engineering Doctorate.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Engineering and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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