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International Relations, Conflict and Security (28 Months) MA

International Relations, Conflict and Security (28 Months) MA

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Part time


28 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Security International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

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?

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

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.


This module will engage with the political dilemmas we face in international relations today, and the concept, theories and practices that inform our decision-making in response. You will analyse a range of issues, such as the question of global solidarity in relation to issues such as under-development, natural catastrophes, conflict or human rights violations, the relative significance of culture, sovereignty and self-determination, and concepts such as consent, responsibility and autonomy.

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Entry requirements

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

University information

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria University is globally recognised for its research-intensive approach to postgraduate study. The university encourages its students to ‘Take on Tomorrow’ and is renowned for producing highly qualified future leaders in both academia and industry. A reputation for academic excellence is complemented by a proven track record of generating a rich body of innovative research output. Northumbria has...more