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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Overview

This innovative course provides you with a framework for detailed investigation of international security and terrorism.

Security and safety have always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure, but also what we regard as threatening.

In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis.

Taught by international security and terrorism experts, this course will introduce you to some of the major schools of thought within the discipline, including realism, liberalism and critical theory.

You will explore key issues in contemporary international security, including international intervention, conventional and nuclear deterrence, insurgency and counter-insurgency, peacemaking, and peacekeeping.

This course will facilitate the analysis of terrorism as a political strategy, and will explore its contemporary significance and relative success. It will also develop your understanding of counter-terrorist techniques and provide you with an in-depth study of security issues in particular regions of the world.

The focus is on three key elements:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of international security and terrorism
  • Empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age
  • Security and terrorism complexities through optional modules

You can take part in a field trip to Europe visiting sights of political and cultural interest. Recent trips have included Brussels, The Hague and Berlin.

Key facts

  • Visit key diplomatic institutions and organisations on our field trip to Europe
  • Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
  • Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including appearing on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service and in such publications as The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde

Course details

This course is made up of a 40 credits of core modules, 80 credits of optional modules, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Assessment

Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.

Modules

Core modules

  • Terrorism and Insurgencies
  • Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • Dissertation on International Relations/International Studies

Optional modules

  • China and the World
  • Comparative Democratic Development
  • Contemporary Warfare
  • Democracy and Elites in 20th Century Europe and America
  • Designing Political Enquiry
  • Disasters, Rehabilitation and Resilience
  • EU-China: Trade, Aid and Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century
  • Gender and Development
  • Global Asia
  • Government and Politics of China
  • Institutions, Governance and International Development
  • International Political Economy
  • Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice
  • The Politics of South Asia
  • Quantitative Political Analysis
  • Russia in the World Today
  • Secret Intelligence and International Security
  • Special Project A
  • Special Project B
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • War, Peace and Terror
  • When Does Russia Expand and Why?

Careers and professional development

This course is ideal if you are looking to further your academic knowledge or pursue a career in a range of fields, such as:

  • armed services
  • civil service
  • international organisations
  • journalism
  • non-governmental organisations
  • policy research

Placements

We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.

Progression

If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

Employability and average starting salary

95.2% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Visit the International Security and Terrorism MA page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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