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MA Security Studies (Specialist)


Course Description

The Department of International Politics is world leader in the study of security in world politics. One of three key non-traditional approaches to Security Studies bears the name the ‘Aberystwyth School’. This degree scheme offers MA students a thorough introduction into the Aberystwyth approach, which emphasizes ethical and political questions related to security, as well as into all competing approaches. Our particular strengths and research areas are theories of security; new security issues – especially health, environment, resource strain and the internet; nuclear proliferation and disarmament; European security and policing; gender and security and the ethics of security.

With further staff specialising in the cognate areas of development, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, intelligence and strategic studies as well as in numerous aspects of international theory, students with specific security-related interests can build up their own pathway to studying security. Students interested in the development of a critical awareness of the state of theory and practice in the field of contemporary security studies are well served by the programme.

Visit the website: https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/security-studies-masters-specialist/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

-If you want to study Security Studies at Masters level
-If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of Security within a political context
-If you wish to nurture a career in politics
-If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course detail

Students on this degree will develop expertise in contemporary security studies, with special emphasis on theories and conceptualizations of security and security threats. This grounding knowledge – introduced in the compulsory core module – is deepened through optional modules from the security studies basket. Most students focus on issues of new security agendas (such as health, the critical infrastructure or environmental stress), the challenges of the nuclear weapons and the issues of disarmament, the questions of security as related to risk, resilience and/or global governance, and on the theoretical and normative aspects of security. Students are encouraged to explore the inter-relationship between global processes and specific security dynamics in both the developing and developed world.

Thanks to Aberystwyth’s long tradition in the study of security, we have a large number of academics to advise MA students with their dissertations in this area. In the past years some of the dissertation topics included: the issues ecology and security; the security challenges of critical infrastructure; security and migration; European boundaries as related to security; the prospects of European security; security and group identity; relations between the nuclear states; the role of Al-Qaeda as related to the global security governance; the new security challenges of development work; and the developments in the theory of world security. We provide expert and structured guidance on how to develop a dissertation in your area of interest and are very happy, and able, to advise you also on less conventional topics.

Format

During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of essays, reports, project work, and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the relationship between global processes and specific security dynamics in both the developing and developed world. Topics covered include Securitization Theory, the Copenhagen School, Emancipation, the Ethics of Security, Discourse and Identity, Practices of (In)Security, Feminist Theorizing about Security and the Paris School. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Key Skills and Competencies

- Study Skills
Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

- Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

- Transferable Skills
The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MA Security Studies (Specialist) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest.

Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

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