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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.

This course is all about choice, and tailoring your study to match your needs. You apply to MSc International Security, and can choose a specialist pathway to suit your interests; your choice dictates your core module, and you select an additional four optional modules. A typical choice includes:

  • Terrorism
  • Human Rights
  • Drugs and Organised Crime
  • International Relations
  • European Union
  • Russia
  • Middle East

You then graduate in a named degree, for example, MSc International Security: Terrorism.

Who should study this course?

The course 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 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

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.

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 five more modules from amongst the remainder, all modules are worth 20 credits.

You also take the Politics dissertation (60 credits.)

MSc International Security

MSc International Security: Terrorism

MSc International Security: Human Rights

MSc International Security: Drugs and Organised Crime

MSc International Security: International Relations

MSc International Security: European Union

MSc International Security: Russia

MSc International Security: Middle East

Optional modules


Graduates from the MSc 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 course 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.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

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




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