M.Sc. International Defence and Security PgDip/PgCert

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP16250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Cranfield University | Swindon, United Kingdom
The MSc in International Defence and Security deals with some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice.

Description of International Defence and Security PgDip/PgCert


The programme draws upon our established expertise in international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, security studies, international law, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.

The course content is dynamic, challenging, and cutting edge, designed to equip you with the skills and insights needed to understand and authoritatively analyse contemporary debates in international relations using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools to deal with and confront the challenges presented by contemporary world politics.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 16250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 16250 Year (EEA)
Home/EU studentMSc Full-time - £16,250PgDip Full-time - £13,900PgCert Full-time - £6,950Overseas studentMSc Full-time - £16,250PgDip Full-time - £13,900PgCert Full-time - £6,950
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The course consists of three core modules and a wide range of elective modules of which you must pass seven, followed by a dissertation.

Individual project

A 20,000 word dissertation.


There are three compulsory modules which must be taken whether studying the PgCert, PgDip or full MSc. There is then a choice of elective modules from a range of 14. For the PgCert, 1 elective module must be selected, and for the PgDip and MSc, 7 elective modules.


  • Study Skills and Research Methodology
  • Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
  • Defence in the 21st Century


  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
  • International Law and Armed Conflicts
  • International Criminal Law and Human Rights
  • Intelligence in International Security
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Regional Security
  • International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding
  • Managing Natural Disasters
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction, Control and Verification
  • Military Support to Disasters
  • Crisis Management
  • The Resilience Context
  • Strategy for Resilience

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for International Defence and Security PgDip/PgCert

Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree or relevant professional equivalent. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable.

Work Experience for International Defence and Security PgDip/PgCert

No work experience is required.

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