Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

International Security and Global Governance

This Master's degree in politics explores urgent contemporary debates about violence, conflict, security and governance from a global perspective. As the distinctions between civil wars, terrorism, warlord conflict and conventional war have blurred, the corresponding interventions - humanitarian, regional, international and imperial - have been the subject of considerable academic debate and political controversy. Simultaneously, geopolitical rivalries among global powers and the threat of violence and war between states continue to shape international security. Our approach works across disciplines, incorporating political, theoretical, historical, sociological and public policy approaches to produce comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary political controversies.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation. Option modules are normally available in: British, US and European government and politics; International relations, international security and US foreign policy; Politics of globalisation and international political economy; Politics, policy and administration of the EU; Political theory and political sociology; War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; Policy analysis, policy-making processes and comparative public policy; Public management and public sector reform; Research methods. Please see links to current module descriptions below. Year 1 full-time: Global Conflict, Security and Humanitarianism; War, Politics and Society . Year 1 part-time: Global Conflict, Security and Humanitarianism . Year 2 part-time: War, Politics and Society . MSc International Security and Global Governance dissertation.

Assessment methods

Formative and assessed essays and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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