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Studying the MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will give you the opportunity to explore responses to security challenges within a dynamic framework of politics, law and ethics.

Increasing globalisation could be increasing the potential for peace, yet conflict and security continue to dominate international relations.

But how can states respond to emerging security threats from individuals, organisations and states? The course will explore the questions of what can be done versus what ought to be done.

Emphasising the relationship between international and national interests, the programme will allow you to understand conflict and security as a policy challenge and to recognise the increasing degree of interdependence between states in governing this area of international relations.

Open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, this programme will be particularly suited to those looking for careers in international organisations, government, media or academia.

Studying the MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will give you the opportunity to explore responses to security challenges within a dynamic framework of politics, law and ethics.

Increasing globalisation could be increasing the potential for peace, yet conflict and security continue to dominate international relations.

But how can states respond to emerging security threats from individuals, organisations and states? The course will explore the questions of what can be done versus what ought to be done.

Emphasising the relationship between international and national interests, the programme will allow you to understand conflict and security as a policy challenge and to recognise the increasing degree of interdependence between states in governing this area of international relations.

Open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, this programme will be particularly suited to those looking for careers in international organisations, government, media or academia.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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You will be able to investigate key developments in international conflict and security, and responses to them. You will have the opportunity to study different types of war and conflict, including inter-state war, intra-state wars (ethnic or civil conflict, independence movements, new wars and complex emergencies) and international terrorism; as well as political, institutional and legal tools and frameworks to address them.

The programme is comprised of four core modules and an independent guided piece of research in the form of a dissertation.

Core modules:

•             International law and global justice (30 credits)

•             Contemporary challenges in conflict, war and security (30 credits)

•             Theorising conflict, war and security (30 credits)

•             International security governance (30 credits)

•             Dissertation (60 credits)

•             Research Methods (0 credits)

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The MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will be taught by experienced academics whose expertise is underpinned by a strong track record of related research activity.

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published teachers and researchers from across the UK and Europe. Our team is one of the most research-active groups in the Department of Social Sciences, publishing widely in well-known academic journals, responding to contemporary issues and developments, as well as engaging with wider political ideas that shape the way we think and act.

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In conjunction with traditional lectures and seminars, we use a range of technology-enhanced applications including Blackboard and electronic reading lists to support your learning.

The teaching team are also keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones and associated apps and via social media, with the aim to improve your learning experience. We will experiment with new ways of engaging you via tablets and other devices to enable individual and group interaction.

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Research is embedded into the structure of this degree, and from the very beginning you will experience a mix of research-led, research-tutored and research-based teaching.

There will be case-study learning, which means that you have to engage with real-life cases and use your theoretical learning to make decisions.

You can choose from a number of options for your dissertation: literature-based, empirical, or placement-based. You will be supported throughout the process by your dissertation supervisor, and the breadth of staff research interests provides you with the scope to pursue your interests, wherever they may lead.

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The MA International Relations, Conflict and Security is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical and professional development.

You will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will enable you to work in a range of conflict and security analysis related contexts.

You will be particularly suited to careers as political/policy analysts, program/development officers, consultants, risk analysts, advocacy/outreach officers, and journalists, as well as to management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, the development sector, media, academia, and the military/private security providers.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study International Relations, Conflict and Security MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject, or equivalent.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,170

Full EU Fee: £7,170

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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