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Course content

International Security (IS) is a field of study concerned with questions about war and peace, life and death, safety and survival. Traditionally its terrain has focused on concerns about the stability of the states’ system, the use of force, nuclear proliferation, military strategy, intelligence and the distribution of resources. Today, however, concerns about climate change, migration, poverty, health, privatisation, organised crime and international terrorism are also on the agenda. The MA in International Security at the University of Warwick is one of the most comprehensive international security graduate programmes in the country taught by staff at the cutting edge of international security research.

Programme content

The MA core module ‘Concepts and Theories of International Security’ provides a comprehensive grounding in the main theoretical approaches within the field of international security, using these to explore the most pressing issues on the international security agenda . Through emphasising the engagement between ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ approaches to security the module is designed to foster critical and reflective thinking by encouraging students to ask more fundamental questions about international security such as:

  • What does security mean?
  • Whose security are we talking about?
  • Which issues should be considered security issues?
  • What role does security play in contemporary political life?
  • Can security be achieved, and how, in both practical and philosophical terms?

Students on the MA in International Security are in turn able to choose from a broad range of cutting edge modules with a diverse thematic and geographic focus. PAIS has further supported students on the MA programme to organise a series of Graduate Conferences on International Security, while the Department also regularly hosts high profile speakers and organises public debates through its International Security research group.


Visit the MA in International Security page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

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