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International Relations and Security MA

University of Westminster

309 Regent St, W1B 2, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 6.500 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
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Application Deadline: 16/01/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 16/01/2017 End Date: 20/12/2017


The question of security now dominates contemporary international politics. Issues such as the ‘War on Terror’, pre-emptive self-defence and humanitarian intervention constitute seminal international concerns that have implications for all states and all peoples.

This course provides you with a detailed understanding of the nature of the contemporary security agenda, its origins, theoretical foundations and future trajectory. You will examine the theories of international security and those key security issues that have dominated security discourse in the post-Cold War era. You will also develop your analytical skills in order to facilitate understanding of the seminal contemporary security issues in a broader theoretical and historical framework.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

  • Contemporary Controversies in iInternational Security: Intervention Terrorism and Self-Defence
  • Dissertation and Research Methods
  • Theories of International Security

Option modules

You must choose four option modules from the following list (one of your options may be an approved free choice module hosted by another Masters course):

  • Controversies in United States Foreign Policies and Processes
  • Democracy and Islam
  • Democratic Politics: Key Debates and Issues
  • Development Theories, Policies and Practices
  • European immigration Policy in International Perspectives
  • Global Change: Toward a New Non-Western Order
  • Globalisation, Democratisation and Post-Authoritarian and Post-Authoritarian Transition
  • Governance of The European Union
  • Interntional Relations: Beyond International Relations?
  • Interntional Relations: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Islam and Politics in The Middle East
  • Policy, Governance and Democracy: International Perspectives
  • The European Union as an International Actor
  • The Politics of Global Complexity: Rethinking Governance, Power and Agency
  • The State, Politics and Violance
  • Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change
  • Regional Dimensions of Energy Security



You should have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent; equivalent qualifications from overseas are welcome. Your application must be supported by a reference written on institutional notepaper by an academic familiar with your abilities. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS overall score of 6.5 and 6.0 in Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking or equivalent.
The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

Career Prospects

This course will provide you with numerous key skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your future career in a variety of different fields. Our graduates hold posts within various international and national government departments and organisations. Many have also gone on to study for Doctorates within the Department and at other universities around the world.


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