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The MA in International Security is an exciting and comprehensive programme that delves into various security challenges and responses on a global scale. From nuclear weapons and terrorism to migration and cyber threats, you'll explore a wide range of topics and engage with cutting-edge theories in security studies. The course offers a mix of theoretical understanding and practical problem-solving, allowing you to develop your analytical skills and policy-making abilities. With a focus on small group teaching and individual supervision, you'll receive expert guidance in understanding conflicts and their political and military implications. This programme is ideal for those interested in careers in diplomacy, journalism, policy-making, and research.

About the course

Our MA in International Security is designed to expose students to a wide variety of case studies and theoretical perspectives whilst giving them plenty of opportunities to focus their assessments on the topics they are most interested

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Entry Requirements

A 2:2 (55%) honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Social Sciences and Humanities however a large range of other subject areas will be considered.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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Where will I study?

Where is Loughborough University


Student Profiles


Excellent communication with my personal tutors at undergraduate and postgraduate level/ other lecturers always willing to help. Furthermore, I have used the CV support at Loughborough to further my chances of getting a job which I have been successful in doing. Lastly, I have used to housing specialist help in second year to look over my house contracts before signing to make sure they were fair.

I have secured a job at the Royal British Legion as ‘Research Officer’ supporting programmes for veterans and the armed forces. My master’s degree undeniably helped me achieve this position by not only giving me the skills and understanding needed for this job, but also providing me with the opportunity to apply for an internship at the APPG for Drones and Modern Conflict. After completing 8 successful months at the internship alongside my master's, both experiences helped me secure a job in policy that I was seeking and hope to develop a career out of after the course ends.

The greatest skill I have developed from the Security MA would be how to write a fully comprehensive and effective policy brief. Many course-works consist of this layout which was extremely helpful as several of the jobs I applied for were policy and research roles where this type of work was mandatory. Furthermore, the MA has helped to successfully develop my time management skills with study, internship, job applications and social time to balance.

My advice to future students would be to apply without hesitation. The MA Security course is great, with fantastic lecturers and a chance to network and gain connections in a field where there are so many interesting employment opportunities.


I was motivated to continue my studies at postgraduate level at Loughborough to help develop my academic and research skills, as well as to dive deeper on a specific element of Politics and International Relations – Security – which I find fascinating!

After graduating I hope to work in research and policy development to help keep the UK secure from both internal and external threats.

The Security in Global Politics module has been my favourite topic so far, due to its broad scope and the wide variety of lecturers who take part – each talking to you about their specialist field! In the module, the lecture on Hybrid Warfare was the most interesting to me, demonstrating the wide-ranging security implications of a strategy that blends both conventional and political warfare.

The lecturers and tutors on the course have been fantastic! Each of them has a real passion for their specialism and are always on hand to help with whatever questions or queries you might have. Having a dedicated dissertation tutor is also great, as this allows you to work one-to-one with a staff member to help improve and hone your ideas.

Typically, I’ll have around 8-10 hours of lectures and seminars a week, each of which will have a varying amount of required reading to help build your knowledge of that week’s topic. Much of the week will therefore be focused on preparing for these lectures and the coursework that comes with them. There are also opportunities to attend additional guest lectures with academics and specialists in the field, which are great to broaden your horizons and gain a better understanding of the course!

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