University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Development and Security

This innovative programme explores the linkage and tensions between development and security concerns in theory and practice. Specifically, it examines the nature of violent conflict in the world today and the international community's response to it and locates this analysis in a comprehensive theoretical understanding of wider development and security studies debates and controversies, particularly in relation to evolving patterns of global governance. Students also explore these issues and dilemmas through contemporary, empirical case studies.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.

Course modules

Core modules: conflict, security and development; theories of development; theoretical approaches to security studies; plus 3 from (topics vary each year but may include): small business development; gender and development; managing and evaluating development; development skills in practice; environmental politics; governing the global borderlands; international development organisations; foreign policy analysis; military and militarisation; US security policy; international human rights; Sino-US relations in global politics; politics of genocide; Japan and East Asia; East Asia, Europe and global integration; care, labour and gender: international policy development; IR of china; religion and politics; understanding risk; the politics of insecurity; nuclear insecurity; theories of violence ; global transitions: power, hegemony, and the ordering of the global political economy; religion ethnicity and value change; a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 331 7577