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New MSc programme in Transnational Security Studies

Posted on 01/03/2011

Questions about security – what drives it and what undermines it – shape global politics. Terrorism, conflict, environmental catastrophe, weapons of mass destruction and weak states are all security issues that are reflected in our media, dominate policy-making in international politics, and increasingly impinge on our daily lives.  The MSc in Transnational Security Studies is an exciting new degree that brings together many of the existing strengths of the Department of Politics and International Relations, including expertise in the areas of security studies, comparative politics, international law and conflict, political theory, and global politics.  The core of the programme traces the security studies discipline from its traditional approaches through its evolution to include ever more transnational dynamics.  The programme can be tailored to specific interests through option courses in subjects such as political violence; biopolitics; media, communication and conflict; international law of targeting; and regional international politics.  The degree will provide students with both a firm academic foundation in the security studies discipline and a base of knowledge for careers in fields of policymaking, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and more.

As of 1 March 2011 this new programme is subject to validation. However, it is expected to recruit for September 2011. The College's online application system is currently being configured to accept applications at both MSc and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) levels and should be ready shortly.

The structure of the new degree is below (please note that option courses are still be determined and the list will not be finalized until the summer). Full details of our postgraduate taught programmes can be found here.

Core courses.
1 unit.

Stream Core Course 1. Autumn term.
0.5 units.

Stream Core Course 2.
Spring term.
Choose one.
0.5 units.

Free Options (all 0.5 units). Choose one for Autumn term and one for Spring term.

1 unit.

Autumn Term
Students choose one from:

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Politics and IR (0.5)

Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Politics and IR (0.5)

Foundations of Contemporary Political Theory (0.5)

Spring Term

Research Design in Politics and IR (0.5)


Transnational Security Studies

Biopolitics and Security

Media, War and Conflict

Political Violence

Transnational Security and Targeting Law

Autumn Term
Foreign Policy of the European Union

Human Rights

Identity, Power and Radical 
Political Theory

The Politics of Ethnic Multiculturalism

Spring Term
Africa and Internatinoal Politics

China in the World

Comparative Political Executives

Culture and Community

Democracy and Citizenship in Europe

Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Internet and New Media Politics

Issues in United States Foreign Policy

Media, War and Conflict

Politics of Forced Migration

Sovereignty, Rights and Justice

Theories of Globalisation

Dissertation on an aspect of transnational security studies


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