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International Security and Risk

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Risk Management Security

Course type


Course Summary

Changing the world for the better is becoming harder. We live in a world that appears to be becoming less secure and more complex than at any time in living memory. In the field of security studies this is posing new challenges, imposing new constraints and demanding new thinking.

Through this programme you will have the opportunity to develop new solutions to these complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study. You will have the opportunity to examine the key security issues facing the world today, including cyber threats, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the challenges posed by states and non-state actors. With a focus on understanding the real-world policy implications of these security challenges, you will have the opportunity to develop practical, policy-relevant proposals. Using advanced research on risk analysis and decision making, you will be expected to apply advanced interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in addressing global security issues.

You will be able to tailor your study and research interests by choosing from a range of option modules and selecting your main research topic. Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.


This course has been specifically designed for students with a practical, career-related focus. The security sector and security-related jobs provide a very wide range of career opportunities. The broad, inter-disciplinary nature of the course provides multiple pathways for entering these industries and sectors, including government departments and agencies, business, international organisations, think tanks and NGOs. Specific career routes could involve security analysis, cyber defence, risk analysis, policy development, intelligence assessment and conflict resolution.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to give an overview of cyber security. The module will equip students with a clear view of the current cyber security landscape considering not only technical measures and defences, but also the other subject areas that apply, including legal, management, crime, risk, social and human factors. Lectures will be given by staff from the University's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security with invited expert speakers from industry.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree The normal criterion for admission is a high upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject (some examples may include social sciences, economics, history, or cognate fields) from a UK university or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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