Your future career
Employability is at the heart of our programme. We recognize that our graduates go on to a range of careers where geopolitical and security research, analysis and strategy are employed—whether in diplomacy, crisis management, journalism, consultancy, think tanks and academic research careers.
Royal Holloway also runs numerous careers fairs, employer and alumni events, as well as an International Students Careers programme, all of which will improve your understanding of the UK and international job market and bring you into contact with employers.
Our sessions work to engage students with academics, professionals and practitioners through a range of visits, outreach activities and other events. This has included taking students to the annual Millennium Conference, as well as organising visits to the Royal United Service Institute (think tank) and the UK Foreign Office.
In the classroom we focus explicitly and critically on the ‘practice’—the doing—of geopolitics by security agents and expertise. Our personal and professional development sessions focus exclusively on other important transferable skills, including the building of personal networks and personal media planning.
This emphasis continues into the way our courses are assessed. The programme uses a mix of normal and formal assessment methods from essays and coursework to more practical and applied forms of writing and expression. From reports to government-style policy briefings, press reports, scenario writing to video documentaries and short blog postings of analysis, our students gain experience in a wide array of presentation styles and formats more appropriate to the workplace.
The end of year dissertation project allows a more focused and extensive piece of research activity and students are strongly encouraged to link their projects with external organizations. Our students are also encouraged to network and develop a portfolio of work and editorial experience through our successful Geopolitics & Security blog, and our sister blog GPS which is hosted by the International Relations website e-IR.