This course, with many pathways, aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of terrorism and political violence, counter-terrorism and intelligence pertaining to modern security issues such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force and violence generally. It will engage with both the war on terror, but also the response to terrorism, militarily, as well as in the intelligence world.
Why study International Security at Dundee?
This course uniquely combines the study of terrorism with counter-terrorism, intelligence and international security. It takes an inter- and cross-disciplinary approach, drawing upon politics, history and sociology. Our staff have research expertise in terrorism, intelligence and security, and the programme director, Prof Christian Kaunert, holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice & Home Affairs Policy.
[What's so good about International Security at Dundee?]] This course is all about choice, and tailoring your study to match your needs. You apply to MLitt International Security, and can choose a specialist pathway to suit your interests; your choice dictates your core module, and you select an additional three optional modules.
Choose from: Terrorism Human Rights Drugs and Organised Crime International Relations European Union Russia South Asia Middle East
You then graduate in a named degree, for example, MLitt International Security: Terrorism.
Who should study this course?
The programme is suitable for people who want to pursue a careers in the security services or in international relations, who have previously studied International Relations or a related subject.
Teaching & Assessment
The teaching team are based in Politics at Dundee, in the School of Humanities. Politics is big enough to have a real international presence, but is still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. This is more than a mere claim - independent surveys consistently rate Politics at Dundee as among the best-received programmes in the country.
The course starts in September or January, each year and lasts for 12 months on a full time basis or 24 months on a part time basis.
How you will be taught
The taught part of the course is delivered September - December and January - March. The dissertation is undertaken between April & August. This is the same for students whether they start in January or September. All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
What you will study
Each pathway has its own core module (see below), which you must study.
You then choose three more modules from amongst the remainder, all modules are worth 30 credits.
You also undertake the Politics dissertation is worth 60 credits.
MLitt International Security
Core module: International Security
MLitt International Security: Terrorism
Core module: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe
MLitt International Security: Human Rights
Core module: Human Rights in International Relations
MLitt International Security: Drugs and Organised Crime
Core module: International Security of Drugs & Organised Crime
MLitt International Security: International Relations
Core module: Explaining and Understanding International Politics
MLitt International Security: European Union
Core module: European Union Security
MLitt International Security: Russia
Core module: Russian Politics & Security
MLitt International Security: South Asia
Core module: Politics & Security in South Asia
MLitt International Security: Middle East
Core module: The Middle East & Terrorism
How you will be assessed
By assessed coursework, examination and dissertation.
Graduates from the MLitt International Security have a wide range of career options. The knowledge and research skills gained are an excellent basis for working in the civil service, journalism, the police and armed forces, politics, policy research (think tanks, research institutes), intergovernmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations. Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, or as government advisers. The distinctive interdisciplinary features and distinctive opportunity to combine theory with practice will be of great benefit to graduates.
This Masters degree is an excellent basis for undertaking further postgraduate study in International Security or International Politics, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.