MSc - Master of Science
Law / Legal Studies Security
Hosted by the School of Law, this interdisciplinary programme is run in conjunction with the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
The programme offers an exciting opportunity to understand contemporary issues of security, conflict and justice from the perspectives of: Criminology; International Relations; Law; Politics; and Sociology. It will allow you to select from a broad range of modules to critically evaluate some of the most pressing contemporary issues of security, conflict and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as offering the opportunity to specialise in topics that relate to your future career choice or academic interests.
You will gain in-depth understanding of how security, conflict and justice intersect, and how they are experienced at the local, national and transnational levels. You will gain skills and knowledge that inform a wide appreciation of security, conflict and justice, as well as receiving training in research methods drawn from across a range of disciplines.
Learning and teaching
Compulsory modules are taught in lectures and seminars. The taught components are delivered across two semesters. The remainder is spent focusing on your dissertation, conducted under the direct supervision of an individual staff member. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, one-to-one meetings and comments on draft work.
The course director will be your personal supervisor and will support you throughout the programme but you can take queries to any member of the teaching team.
Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods depending on your module choice, but primarily through coursework essays during each module. Your dissertation will be assessed through submission of an extended written piece of work. The exact criteria for assessment will reside with the school you choose to undertake your dissertation within.
The truly interdisciplinary nature of this programme will provide you with valuable tools to pursue a wide range of career paths relevant to security and justice. The MSc Security, Conflict and Justice is ideal if you plan to work in professions that relate to criminal justice, global governance, policing, social policy, international relations, international security, and academia. By developing the ability to think broadly and to connect complex issues, you will be well equipped for the future. This degree programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter into further academic research or to pursue a professional career in areas such as, civil service, media and publishing, teaching and training, policy, or international agencies and NGOs.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors and professions including think tanks, the police, the public sector and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.
Posts in organisations such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the armed forces are also potential destinations for graduates.
Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in criminology, international relations, law, politics, sociology, social policy, or related social science discipline. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.