University of Reading

University of Reading

International Security Studies

This course examines threats to security at many levels of modern life and the ways in which the international community, governments and other actors have sought and now seek to tackle them. It explores theories and concepts relating to international and global security, peace and strategic studies, and conflict resolution, and provides empirical knowledge of major security issues with a focus on the Cold War and post-Cold War periods.

Entry requirements

Students should have a 2.1 degree or above (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules: international relations theory; international security studies; advanced research methods in politics and international relations; dissertation. Optional modules: the political economy of civil war; contemporary diplomacy; key concepts of strategy; strategic theorists; strategic practice; the origins and causes of war; conflict in the Middle East; terrorism in a globalising world; the politics and economics of immigration; governance, security, development; building peace after civil war; themes and issues in contemporary international relations; seminar series on case studies in politics and international relations; work placement and project; philosophical issues in the social sciences; introduction to research methods in politics and international relations; international institutional law and dispute settlement ; international criminal law; Israel/Palestine: international law and human rights questions; law of armed conflict.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,025 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,930 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,025 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,025 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,025 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA Mixed mode September 2016 - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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