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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    12 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    09 November 2018

Why Dundee

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

Why study this course at Dundee?

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military. If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security. For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. international law and international relations provide that context.

Our MSc in International Law & Security provides an overview of concepts and themes relating to the study of international security in the contemporary world, from a legal as well as an international relations point of view. It introduces both traditional and 'new' approaches to defining and conceptualising security and considers the impact of International Relations theories upon the subject. It also examines key issues such as war, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the privatisation of warfare, energy security and environmental degradation.

Our course will equip you with the necessary analytical tools to understand and evaluate all aspects of security in the contemporary world. The issues outlined above lie at the heart of our course, which provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the interactions of law and international relations and the way they combine to shape the responses of states to threats to security.

 What is so good about this course?

The University of Dundee runs two parallel masters degree in International Law & Security:

  • MSc International Law & Security for graduates in International Relations or similar subjects (i.e. this one), and
  • LLM International Law & Security for Law graduates

Who should study this course?

Are you thinking of a career in international law or international relations, as a legal practitioner, an adviser to government, within the military or police forces, or working with or for intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations, or NGOs such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent? Then this course (or its LLM equivalent) is aimed at you.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

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 courses in the country.

The Law staff publish widely and many are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Their research is internationally recognised and covers fields right across the legal spectrum. They also have very strong ties with the legal profession.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, independent research, seminars and presentations.

How you will be assessed

By coursework, examination and dissertation (or research project report).

What you will study

The course is made up of three International Relations modules and three Law modules which are delivered during our two teaching semesters (Sep-Dec and Jan-Apr), and detailed below, as well as the Politics Dissertation which students usually write during the summer vacation.

All students take the Law week-long induction in September or January, plus the first half of the module Legal Research Skills (including the first assessment), usually in your first semester, but can be deferred to your second semester if you don't select any first semester Law modules.

September entry students

First Semester (Sep-Dec)

  • Three taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Second Semester (Jan-Apr)

  • International Security (core module), plus two other taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Summer period (May-Aug)

  • Politics Dissertation (60 credits) or Research Project (with integrated internship) (60 credits)

January entry students

First Semester (Jan-Apr)

  • International Security (core module), plus two other taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Summer period (May-Aug)

  • Politics Dissertation (60 credits)

Second Semester (Sep-Dec)

  • Three taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Part time study

For part-time students the taught modules will be spread out over two years instead of one in a similar format as above, and the Dissertation will be undertaken during the summer period of the second year of study.

Typical optional modules available


Graduates from this degree are likely to pursue careers with international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, or institutions such as the International Court of Justice. You will also be well placed to pursue a career as a government adviser.

Graduates from our Politics & International Relations degrees have successfully pursued careers in politics and diplomacy.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge.

Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc International Law & Security page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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