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Development and Security MSc

Course Description

This innovative programme explores the link and tensions between development and security concerns in theory and practice. Specifically, it builds on the unique combination of expertise and experience in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies to:

examine the nature of violent conflict in the world today and the international community's response to it;
locate this analysis in a comprehensive theoretical understanding of wider development and security studies debates and controversies, particularly in relation to evolving patterns of global governance;
explore these issues and dilemmas through contemporary, empirical case studies.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays followed by a dissertation.

Core units
-Conflict, Security and Development
-Theories of Development
-Theoretical Approaches to Security Studies

Optional units
Three optional units from those offered in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Options vary each year but may include:
-Small Business Development
-Gender and Development
-Managing and Evaluating Development
-Development Skills in Practice
-Environmental Politics
-Faith and Development
-International Development Organisations
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-Military and Militarisation
-US Security Policy
-International Human Rights
-Sino-US relations in global politics
-Politics of Genocide
-Japan and East Asia
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-Care, Labour and Gender
-China's International Relations
-Religion and Politics in the West
-Understanding Risk
-The Politics of Insecurity
-Theories of Violence

A full list of possible units is available on the SPAIS website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/msc-unit-guides/

Third term
Independent study for dissertation.


Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.

Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work - require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.

Further details can be found on our careers and alumni website: http://www.bris.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/ppgtcareersandalumni/

Visit the Development and Security MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katsutoshi Nagahata

5271.jpg Someday, I want to help people who are in need in conflict areas. I chose to study my postgraduate course at the University of Bristol to understand more about violent conflicts and their cause.

I am very satisfied with the study environment here. I study three units: Conflict, Security and Development; Theories of Development; Theoretical Approach in Security Studies. Although I have to read many difficult texts, they are fascinating and help me understand development and security issues. The seminars are fantastic as well. It is quite challenging for me to state my opinion in a different language, but the class topics are very interesting and eye-opening. For example, studying humanitarianism, which I’ve never thought deeply about before, gives me new viewpoints and ideas about what may cause conflicts or violence. As I wish to work in the field, I really appreciate the opportunity to think about the theory and practice of humanitarianism.

The atmosphere of the classes makes me feel comfortable stating my opinion or asking questions. I always enjoy the discussions within the classes and outside of the classes. These discussions really helped me to understand the international issues and to improve my English abilities.

My experience here is helping me to gain many skills which I believe will help me to pursue my career. The level of knowledge I am gaining here is cutting edge, and includes topics crucial to work in the field concerning international peace and security. Along with this knowledge, I am gaining time-management, problem solving, reading, writing, presentation skills through preparations and seminars. There are also many varieties of clubs, societies and charity opportunities at the University. Joining these has been very beneficial for meeting new people and gaining range of experiences. I am participating one activity concerning consultation of a NGO. I believe these experiences give me many skills and viewpoints, and strengthen my employability.

Social life in Bristol is fantastic. Bristol offers you variety of great pubs, bars and clubs. I usually hang out with my classmates in a bar where weekly Jazz, Funk, Soul events are held. It is very refreshing drinking with my friends and listening to some good music. I sometimes go to Karaoke with my friends in Bristol.

Bristol is great place to study and pursue my career. I enjoy this environment a lot and strongly recommend the University of Bristol for your postgraduate opportunity.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.

Last Updated

19 September 2016

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