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MSc Security Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
18670 USD
National
11190 USD
EU
11190 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
EU 75 USD
Department
Social and Historical Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

Students develop an understanding of theoretical approaches and debates in security studies, and the ability to analyse how forms of violent and non-violent political conflict emerge, diffuse, are managed, and are resolved. They gain the qualitative and quantitative research skills required to collect and analyse empirical evidence in a selective and systematic way.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry Requirement

Normally, a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines include science subjects (e.g. engineering or computer science) or social science subjects (e.g. psychology, criminology or geography). Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or as a crime prevention worker).

English Language Requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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Course Modules

Core Modules

  • International Peace and Security (30)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Options
Choose two of the following 15-credit modules

  • Rebellion (15)
  • Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
  • Governing Divided Societies (15)
  • Terrorism (15)
  • War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law (15)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
The following are suggestions:

  • Globalisation (15)
  • International Political Economy (15)
  • The Political Economy of Development (15)
  • International Trade Policy (15)
  • Global Ethics (15)
  • Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account (15)

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and is taught by scholars who have subject-specific knowledge and have carried out theoretical and empirical research in the field. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays and the dissertation.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • See a list of what you need to apply.
  • Please note that references must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered.

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