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​The MA International Security Studies is designed to enhance research skills in the area of security studies

Giving you an excellent grounding in preparation for a PhD, or for a research career in think tanks, government departments, or non-governmental organisations, the MA is suitable for students with an interest in international relations and contemporary issues of international security. This programme allows you the freedom to tailor the course to suit your particular research interests, as you produce a specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • International security studies (core module)
  • Contemporary diplomacy
  • Terrorism in a globalising world
  • Intelligence
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

We provide lots of opportunities for you to develop transferable skills for your future career. Our graduates move on to a wide range of roles, including UK ambassadors, military officers, members of the SAS or intelligence analysts, bankers, political analysts, university lecturers, staff college lecturers, journalists, officials in international organisations or police officers.

Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, charitable foundations or Parliament.

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Visit the International Security Studies MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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