University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

International Security Studies

The course addresses major theories, concepts and issues in the study of international security, theory and practice and provides analytical tools for the analysis of a wide variety of contemporary security issues.

Entry requirements

Minimum UK 2.1 Honours degree; or equivalent (e.g. GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4 point scale); if 1st language is not English, applicants require IELTS 7.0; or a TOEFL 600 or better.

Course modules

MLitt

Compulsory modules:
1. International Security: focuses on important issues and significant debates in security studies.
2. Critical Security Studies: examines the challenge to traditional conceptions of security presented by the emergence of critical security studies since the end of the Cold War.
Optional modules:
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University's position on curriculum development). You may, with permission, take modules from other MLitt programmes in the School.

1. Terrorism and Liberal Democracy: explores the development of contemporary terrorism; and the conceptional and definitional issues concerning terrorism.
2. Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia: examines where and why conflicts have arisen throughout the post-communist space, Eurasia, particularly in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
3. Religion and International Politics: investigates the so-called 'global resurgence' of politicised religion.
4. Identity and Collective Violence: studies the concept of violence as a group or collective phenomenon.
5. Political Economy of Conflict: provides a political economy perspective on conflict in a developing economy.
6. Gender and Terrorism: explores how terrorism as an activity and those involved in terrorism are gendered.
7. The Evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping: looks at the development of United Nations peacekeeping from the 1940s to the present.
8. Political Order and Violence in the Middle East: examines the causes and consequences of political order and violence in the Middle East.
9. Political Philosophy and World Order: explores philosophical reflections on the idea of world order through a study of key political philosophy texts.
10. 'Reason of State': Origin, Nature and Career of a Concept: studies the meaning, origins, development and significance of the notion of 'reason of state' in western political thought.
11. Topics in International Political Thought: introduces key themes in the international realm through close engagement with the ideas of a single theorist.
12. Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East: focuses on prominent ideologies in the modern history of the Middle East, and the role ideas play in the political mobilisation of society.
13. Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines the history, languages and culture of the Caucasus.
14. Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa: investigates the dynamics and outcomes of social protests in the authoritarian regimes of North African region in the post-colonial period.
15. Foreign Policy Analysis: covers the literature, research topics and current issues in the area of foreign policy analysis.
16. Global Constitutionalism: explores developments in international politics and law that reveal an increasingly constitutional order.
17. Politics After the 'Death of God': Evil and Tragedy in Modern Politics: explores the concept of political theology as a way to understand international affairs.
Security and Justice Institutions in World Politics: examines the role of different international institutions in governing world politics.

MPhil

Students choose 2 options from these compulsory core modules: Contemporary forms of warfare; the creation of international regimes; new forms of power projection, such as soft security, and economic power; security related debates, arising in a context of globalisation.

Assessment methods

MLitt

MLitt: 9 months of coursework and a dissertation of 15,000 words which is completed during the final 3 months. MPhil: 9 months of coursework and a supervised research thesis of 40,000 words, completed over 15 months.

MPhil

MLitt: 9 months of coursework and a dissertation of 15,000 words. MPhil: 9 months of coursework and a supervised research thesis of 40,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 19,400 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary, School of International Relations
Telephone number: 
01334 462945