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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    31 August 2018

Course content

The MA in International Security and Development introduces students to issues and debates within International Security. This includes coverage of both ‘traditional’ security issues such as war and conflict and ‘non-traditional’ issues such as economic security, environmental security, health, identity and migration.

Key Features of MA in International Security and Development

Issues of security, violence and conflict have become central to international politics and to development policy and discourse. In order to comprehend the modern world, a full appreciation of the realities of conflict and violence, has become essential.

Drawing on the Department’s expertise in the field of security, International Security and Development students are also provided with an advanced introduction to key approaches in the study of security including realism, securitization theory, feminist approaches, critical theory and poststructuralism.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

International Security and Development Course Structure

The full-time International Security and Development course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

International Security and Development students study four compulsory modules, the research module and one optional module. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

MA in International Security and Development Programme Aims

  • To develop advanced knowledge and understanding of International Security and Development.
  • To develop critical, theoretical and analytical skills, improve written and oral communication skills.
  • To acquire research skills in International Security and Development.

Modules

Modules on the MA in International Security and Development typically include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • War, Technology and Culture
  • War, Identity and Society
  • The Digital Edge: Contemporary Issues and Trends
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • Approaches to Political Theory
  • The State of Africa
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Democracy and Constitutional Design
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Cyber Governance
  • Foundations of International Political Economy

Who should Apply?

Students interested in International Security and Development, from a politics, international relations, development studies, law, humanities, social science, international business or related background. Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to International Security and Development.

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for International Security and Development graduates. MA in International Security and Development degree holders may move on to doctoral study or enter employment sectors such as the diplomatic corps, the armed forces, intelligence and risk analysis, relief and humanitarian organisations, law and finance, government and politics and international business.

Research Interests

The following research groups at Swansea provide a distinct international and multi-disciplinary forum for the advancement of the study of international security and development including:

  • International Relations & Security
  • Development Studies
  • Cultural Political Economy
  • Policy and Governance
  • International Communication

Regular research seminars and lectures are run through these groups and also through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which students are encouraged to attend.

Student Quote

“I am now in my fourth year at Swansea University and can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment. My undergraduate years were so good that I choose to stay on for another year to complete my Masters in International Security and Development and this is a decision I certainly do not regret. I feel like my degree has provided me with the tools needed to thrive in the world of employment, and the MA in International Security and Development I am now studying towards will only improve my chances of getting a high end job.”

Chris Harber, International Security and Development, MA


Visit the International Security and Development MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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