International Security, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 25 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    8155
    Tuition (Full programme)
    8155
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #159 Online
This International Security course fromUniversity of Leicester provides a thorough grounding in international security studies, focusing on developments since the end of the Cold War. International security problems often stem from complex political, economic, religious, environmental, social and cultural causes, and involve a broad range of non-state actors.

About

The study of security in the contemporary international system thus poses a series of challenging intellectual questions and policy dilemmas, which this course will help you address in an informed and creative manner.

This degree combines a study of the main theories and concepts in international security with empirical analysis of contemporary security issues such as terrorism, proliferation, failed states and security communities.

The MA in International Security Studies by distance learning from University of Leicester will equip you with the skills to think critically and analytically about international security and to consider the complex causes of many contemporary security problems. You will develop the ability to analyse international security problems using a mix of theoretical and empirical tools.

You will complete one core module on 'International Security' and you can then choose three option modules, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to develop your specialist knowledge in your key area of interest.

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

Career Opportunities

Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects. A postgraduate course in politics and/or international relations provides a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in an unrelated field such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

Our politics and international relations courses are offered via distance learning, enabling you to tailor your study around your other commitments. The wide range of option modules provide you with the flexibility to tailor your course around your interests and also provide you with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of careers or postgraduate research.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Leicester is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Leicester offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Security
  • Dissertation
  • American Interventionism after the Cold War
  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union
  • Diplomatic Systems
  • Intelligence and Security
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Theories of International Relations
  • The International Politics of Protection
  • EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Europe
  • Europe as a Global Actor
  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • Strategy in the Modern World
  • Governance and Corruption
  • The Politics of European Integration
  • Euroscepticism
  • The Politics of Conflict and Violence
  • Gender in Global Perspective
  • The Transformation of Modern Warfare
  • The Politics of Global Modern Nuclear Order
  • The Politics of Violent Conflict and its Legacies in Northern Ireland
  • Political Economy of International Development
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Part-time
    • Average duration 25 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      2 years by distance learning

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Entry Requirements:

  • 2:1 degree or its equivalent in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects.
  • Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 8155 International
  • GBP 8155 EU/EEA

Funding

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