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About the course

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’

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Entry Requirements

2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement. English level - IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test.


Course Content



Where is University of Warwick


Student Profile(s)

Melina Dobson

The reason I chose to study towards my MA at PAIS was its outstanding reputation in security studies. During my first year of study here, I benefited more than anything from a vast, very patient support network of both academic and administrative staff. I also made amazing friends and have some fantastic memories of that time. So much so that it was natural for me to return to Warwick for my PhD last October. My thesis takes a broader approach to the topic I researched in my MA dissertation, which explored Secrecy, Power and the Impact of Social Media. I’m certain that I would have never attempted this next step without the encouragement of my supervisors Professor Richard Aldrich and Dr Chris Moran. What’s more, it is because of the opportunities, support and inspiration I have found at Warwick that I am keen to pursue a career in academia.


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