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International Security MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

The conduct of international security is changing. This is in response to new technologies, tactics and challenges. ‘Security’ itself is a contested term, with stark disagreements on its use. Join this course to gain a rigorous understanding of contemporary and emerging security challenges.

You explore the many different understandings of ‘security’, their histories and futures. You look at how they matter to war, insurgency and foreign policy today.

You learn to produce informed analysis of a range of issues including:

  • imperial and civil wars
  • rising powers and military intervention
  • violence against civilians
  • terrorism and new technologies of war
  • intelligence and resilience
  • weapons of mass destruction and biosecurity.

You’ll study at the centre of theoretical innovation on international politics. We host the specialised Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, the Centre for Advanced International Theory, the Centre for Global Health Policy and the Centre for Global Political Economy. You’ll learn through our multidisciplinary environment, interdisciplinary approach, cutting-edge research, international faculty and distinctive programme of events.


Our course is ideal for you if you’re hoping to pursue a professional career in international security, or in the analysis of current international security affairs as a policy adviser, journalist or researcher. It’s also a good basis for postgraduate research in international security.


This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to their dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques, and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning, and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare those students planning to take a work placement over summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.