M.Sc. International Defence and Security

Cranfield University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Course Description

This course 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.

The aim of the MSc is to enhance students knowledge, professional understanding and analytical skills necessary to improve and/or transform the governance and management of defence and security systems. Through a combination of theoretical and empirical tools, the degree will provide students with necessary competencies and skills to acquire a thorough understanding of the latest socio-political, business, management and legal thinking and to translate this knowledge into practical action that shapes national and international issues and events


You will be taught by Cranfield University academic staff and practioners who have extensive expertise in security studies, international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, international law, and conflict resolution, and who understand the challenges of translating theory into practice.

There are a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, individual and group presentations, dissertation and examinations.

Modules: PgCert * Study Skills and Research Methodology
* Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
* Defence in the 21st Century
* One elective selected from the list below

PgDipAll of the PgCert modules must be completed plus six additional electives drawn from the list below:

* Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
* Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
* International Law and Armed Conflict
* International Criminal Law and Human Rights
* Analysing Military Forces and the Capacity to Make War
* Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
* Regional Security
* Managing Natural Disasters
* Weapons of Mass Destruction, Control and Verification
* Military Support to Disasters
* Building State Capacity
* Crisis Management

MScAll of the above plus a dissertation.


Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree or relevant professional equivalent. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable. Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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