Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Geopolitics and Security

Today's global community has brought with it unique and unforeseen challenges, from the threat of environmental catastrophe and resource shortages, to infrastructural and economic failure and global terror. Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway, University of London equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle these era-defining issues to mitigate the impact of potential crises and foster critical reflections on the strategies and techniques which seek to keep us secure.. This flexible Masters programme lets you select from a range of specialist courses to suit your own interests and career ambitions, choosing from options in both the Departments of Geography and Politics and International Relations. Graduates will gain a Masters degree in a discipline offering excellent employability prospects, while professionals seeking further academic training will learn transferable risk management skills ideal for further career development. You'll join a vibrant research community and contribute to our renowned research culture with your own independent dissertation project. You'll benefit from networking and placement opportunities with leading organisations and institutions, enjoy exciting field working opportunities in the UK and abroad, and work with leading researchers and research groups such as our Politics, Development and Sustainability Group in Geography with established track record in grant awards (eg from the ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, EPSRC, British Academy, British Council, Falkland Island Government and the EU Marie-Curie fund). Study Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway and you'll graduate with a range of transferable skills to take with you into the workplace or further study. Learn to reflect on some of the most profound challenges of our times in this exciting Masters programme. - Benefit from networking opportunities, graduate placements and guest speaking appearances from leading academics. - Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. - Graduate with excellent employability prospects or progress to doctoral study. - Enjoy exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Entry requirements

- A minimum of a 2.1 UK Honours degree or overseas equivalent.
- Mature students with substantial and relevant work experience will be considered.
- English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Course modules

Compulsory course units:
- Principles of Geopolitics and Security 

This thematic core course introduces students to some of the contemporary and historical debates surrounding both geopolitics and security, as well as the key topics and themes. The course follows key debates between Critical Geopolitics and Critical Security Studies.

- Research Design in Geopolitics and Security

This unit focuses on the theory and practicality of research and addresses both methodological issues (e.g. accessing institutions/organisations, specialist communities) and specific concerns relating to fieldwork (e.g. ethical issues, working with interpreters). The unit introduces cutting-edge developments in Geopolitics and Security, and uses debate, project work and role-play for students to practically experience the demands of designing research and analysis.
- Dissertation
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to study an aspect of Geopolitics and Security in depth by managing and carrying out your own piece of research and analysis. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and the length of the piece will be up to 15,000 words. Dissertations are an excellent opportunity to work with outside organisations and may provide a lead into a future career.

- A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

Formal and informal assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, oral and group work presentations, policy, briefing and media reports, video and documentary production, scenario planning and role-play, and a dissertation. Field visits to important sites and organisations, including RUSI, the IMO, the FCO, the RGS and others will also be available, supporting collegial interaction between students and staff. Emphasis is placed on informal assessment (especially through group work) so that students have plenty of opportunities to receive formative support and guidance.

Each year, the group will work on a major week-long project working with a cohort of French Masters students to devise the security planning of a major mega-event.

This programme is delivered in a single stage, equating to either one-year of full-time study or two years part-time, (or up to five years of part-time study by agreement with the Programme Director)

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

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