University of Bradford

University of Bradford

International Politics and Security Studies

This course covers critical explanation of competing theories in international relations which uses practical issues to examine strengths and weaknesses of those ideas. Students discuss key ideas in international politics, international security and political economy, politics of environment and prospects for international co-operation; security studies module: explores theoretical issues and, using case studies, considers nature of war; focuses on arms trade and on attempts to control nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional arms.

Entry requirements

1st Class Honours degree or equivalent, almost any degree subjects can be considered; applicants without the required academic qualifications may be considered on the basis of experience or achievement for entry to the postgraduate diploma programmes and may subsequently transfer to the MA subject to academic performance. IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

Course modules

International politics and security studies (20 credits) (c); introduction to peace studies (20 credits) (c); arms trade and arms control (20 credits) (o); conflict resolution theory (20 credits) (o); fragile states and the security-development nexus (20 credits) (o); introduction to African politics (20 credits) (o); religions, conflict and peacemaking in a post-secular world (20 credits) (o); regional and global security politics (20 credits) (c); the authoritarian challenge to democracy (20 credits) (c); Africa study visit (20 credits) (o); African security studies (20 credits) (o); applied conflict resolutions skills (20 credits) (o); cities in conflict (20 credits) (o); gender, conflict and development (20 credits) (o); natural resource governance (20 credits) (o); peacekeeping and peacebuilding (20 credits) (o); social movements (20 credits) (o); dissertation project in a topic of a choice (related to international politics and security studies) (60 credits) (c).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework essays and extended dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,030 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,560 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 13,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Part-time £ 2,030 per Academic year (home fees) 20 months
PgDip Part-time £ 3,560 per Academic year (overseas fees) 20 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bradford Bradford BD7 1DP Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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