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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full time: MA: 12 months; PGDip: 9 months; PGCert: 9 months; Part time: MA: 24 months; PGDip: 18 months; PGCert: 18 months

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    05 November 2019

Specialise in an important aspect of world politics with our MA in International Security.

During the course, you will cover both:

  • the traditional focus on the security of states and
  • more contemporary debates centred on ‘human security’ in a variety of contexts.

You will be encouraged to think beyond ‘bullets and bombs’. And to consider a range of practices that contribute to our understandings of security and insecurity. 

As a postgraduate programme, the integration between research and teaching is a crucial part of the quality of the experience. So the course also provides a sound grounding in relevant research methods.

You will benefit from links with International NGOs, many of which are based in Oxford. These include Oxfam and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID).

On graduating you will be well-suited to a variety of careers in:

  • government
  • non-governmental organisations
  • charity organisations
  • civil service
  • international organisations
  • law
  • trade unions.

Learning and teaching

Research is fundamental to the International Relations programme. You will be taught by a team of research-active scholars who are all specialists and publish in their areas of expertise. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, teach optional modules in our areas of expertise and supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects

Our teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • tutor/group-led seminars
  • case study analysis
  • group work presentations
  • individual presentations
  • individual and small group tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes. You will be assessed with the following methods:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • projects
  • reports
  • written dissertation.

You will receive constant feedback over the course of the year.

Field trips

This course includes a four-day study trip to Brussels and The Hague, just before the start of Semester 2 (in late January).

You'll start your trip with visits to key institutions of the European Union. You will then move on to The Hague and visit a range of international organisations, such as the International Criminal Court and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The trip gives you first-hand experience of how these important international institutions work.

The cost of travel and accommodation for the trip is included in your course fees.

Research

Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students. from across the globe.

83% of International Relations and Politics research was recognised internationally, and rated as either excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our research is organised within the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society.

Within the Centre we run four dedicated research groups:

  • Critical Security Studies
  • International Political Theory
  • Cultures and Identities
  • State and Society.

As well as meeting to discuss and analyse central texts in the field each group undertakes a number of activities including:

  • organising work-in-progress seminars
  • offering support and feedback for external grant applications
  • hosting visiting fellows
  • sponsoring seminars and symposia.

Find out more by visiting our web pages and browsing our staff profiles.

Career prospects

The programme will appeal to students who have a broad interest in international affairs, and to those whose future work is likely to involve the public sphere in an international and global context. It is relevant to careers in media and general management, as well as in the civil service, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. It will also appeal to those wanting to progress to a research degree.

The range of topics is impressive and seems to cover the key problems that confront governments, politicians and international policy-makers: the environment, global governance, the role of global civil society, migration, international finance and terrorism

Tricia Feeney (Executive Director, Rights & Accountability in Development).


Visit the International Security - PgDip/PgCert/MA page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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