Security Studies MSc

Contemporary security research and policy-making focus heavily on the causes and consequences of violent and non-violent political conflict. This MSc trains students to apply empirical methods to explore the causes of terrorism, civil, and international conflict, the application of military force, humanitarian intervention, and the provision of global public goods. 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.

Course syllabus:

  1. International Peace and Security

  2. Violent and Non-Violent Conflict

  3. Qualitative Methods: Interviews, Observations and Mixed Methods

  4. Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods

  5. Rebellion

  6. Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development

  7. Governing Divided Societies

  8. Terrorism

  9. War and International Law

  10. Foreign Policy Analysis