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This course analyses the complex relationships that lie at the heart of the development-security relationship in the global south.

You will explore:
-How cycles of insecurity and violence affect development
-Difficulties faced by various organisations negotiating spirals of violence and insecurity (for example during armed intervention, aid provision, peace-building processes or postconflict reconstruction)
-Whether underdevelopment in the global south facilitates the international spread of terrorist and criminal networks

We have an interdisciplinary perspective on questions of peace, vulnerability and insecurity, giving you a distinctive grounding in concepts of conflict, security and development.

How will I study?

You take core modules and options, and learn through taught lectures, seminars and workshops. A dedicated module prepares you for further research and a professional career.

In the summer, you work on your supervised dissertation, which also has a placement option.

You will be assessed via term papers and a 10,000-word dissertation.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Our MA is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a career in development, peace-building, international affairs, journalism or academic research. Or if you have a general interest in insecurity in the Global South.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:
-Government foreign, defence or development ministries
-International organisations (for example the United Nations, NATO)
-NGOs (for example Oxfam, CAFOD, Amnesty International, the Red Cross)
-International development (for example the World Bank)
-International media or journalism
-Academia and research institutes

Visit the Conflict, Security and Development - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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