International Defence and Security MSc/PgCert/PgDip

Full-time

International Defence and Security

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.

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.



Course overview

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.

Modules

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.

Core

  • Study Skills and Research Methodology
    Syllabus
    • Effective learning and study skills
    • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of the main research methods
    • Acquire the skills for conducting and analysing academic research
    • Examine and apply a flexible and multiple methods’ approach to help deal with the broader needs of multi-disciplinary studies
    • Design, conduct and write-up research proposals
    • Acquire transferable new skills in presenting and communicating research to different audiences
    • Data collection and data analysis.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Determine the correct tools and skills for effective study at the Masters level
    • Gain the technical expertise needed to complete the degree and to produce oral and written academic work
    • Conduct a book review
    • Prepare a research proposal for a Master’s level dissertation
    • Utilise primary and secondary research effectively
    • Demonstrate familiarity with the accepted system and conventions for referencing and presenting academic work
    • Demonstrate ability to use, interpret and present statistics
    • Organise material and communicate the methodology and conclusions effectively within academia and more widely.
  • Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
    Module LeaderDr Thomas O'Brien - Lec Pol Science, Int Dev And Pub Policy
    Syllabus
    • Defining security
    • International relations theory
    • Global, national and human security trends
    • Assessing the risks to security
    • The concept of state-building and state formation
    • Challenges of state-building in the 'non-Weberian' state, and the need for local political legitimacy
    • Post-conflict security and international interventions
    • The impact of the securitisation of the human security agenda
    • Geopolitical trends and implications for state security sectors and sub-regional efforts to promote peace and security
    • The relationship between security and development
    • Macro-government security policy and implementation frameworks
    • Key actors, roles and responsibilities across the international, regional and subregional security communities.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Apply relevant theories to the analysis of security, conflict and development
    • Critically analyse trends with the human security domain
    • Identify threats to security
    • Appraise the role of state and non-state security actors within difference transitional societies
    • Recognise the contribution of both political and management science to the analysis of international security
    • Critically analyse the role played by international, regional and sub-regional security organisations
    • Demonstrate how international security management issues go beyond national boundaries and impact regional and sub-regional structures
    • Critically evaluate a country's overall security sector and assess the challenges it poses to the wider development agenda
    • Communicate effectively to a specialised and non-specialised audience the concepts and findings associated with international security.
  • Defence in the 21st Century
    Module LeaderDr Laura Cleary - Head of Centre
    Syllabus
    • The theories of civil-military relations
    • The role(s) of armed forces in democracies and other regime types
    • Why do armies engage in coups d’état?
    • Introduction to the governance and management of defence
    • The domestic legal framework for defence
    • The international legal framework for defence.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Critically assess and apply the theories which underpin the study of civil-military relations
    • Analyse the dominant trends in civil-military relations
    • Compare and contrast civil-military relations in different regions of the world
    • Recognise the legal constraints on the use of force.

Elective

  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
    Module LeaderDr Anastasia Filippidou - Lecturer Centre for International Security & Resilience
    Syllabus
    • Historical and comparative approaches to diplomacy
    • Diplomatic theory and practice
    • Conflict dynamics and conflict typology
    • Case study analysis of different regional conflicts and peace processes
    • Theories and practices of peacekeeping
    • Developing a conflict prevention plan and the preventive measures matrix.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Identify the historical and contemporary conditions in which particular diplomatic processes and strategies can be assessed.
    • Assess major humanitarian and political issues through the application of knowledge of diplomacy.
    • Model the evolution of conflicts using relevant data, concepts and models.
    • Recognise existing mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution and evaluate and appraise their limitations.
    • Critically evaluate different peace processes.
    • Draw conclusions and communicate policy-relevant recommendations for conflict transformation and resolution, individually and by working with others.
    • Validate extant theories and practices of conflict prevention.
    • Identify and select preventive measures and means for the nonviolent resolution of conflicts.
    • Develop and explain conflict prevention plans.
  • Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
    Module LeaderDr Laura Cleary - Head of Centre
    Syllabus
    • Security within the international context
    • Evolution of the state and current challenges to state sovereignty
    • Governance of Defence (including sessions on accountability, policy formation, leadership and ethics)
    • Management of Defence (including sessions on strategic analysis and planning, risk management, acquisition, project management, finance, HRM and change management).
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Understand current security concepts, systems and issues
    • Identify key challenges faced by specified security sector stakeholders
    • Evaluate existing security systems
    • Evaluate current governance concepts, systems and challenges
    • Recognise the relationship between good governance, good leadership and good management in the provision of enhanced security
    • Relate the theoretical concepts of governance to the realities of the civil-military relationship within selected states
    • Understand current management concepts, systems and challenges as they apply to the management of defence
    • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of selected defence management theories and practices
    • Identify appropriate leadership philosophies and management practices to advance security sector development.
  • International Law and Armed Conflicts
    Syllabus
    • The historical evolution of international attitudes to the legality of the use of force
    • The law of self-defence
    • Humanitarian intervention, armed reprisals and hot pursuit
    • Collective security enforcement, peace enforcement and peacekeeping
    • The scope of application of international humanitarian law
    • Sources and fundamental principles of international humanitarian law
    • Personal status of combatants and civilians
    • Protection of persons and objects in armed conflicts
    • Methods and means of warfare; the law and targeting operations
    • Securing compliance with international humanitarian law
    • Command responsibility.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate expertise on current research on legal aspects of the use of force and the conduct of military operations and be able to relate this to research in other areas of defence and security studies
    • Monitor, analyse, interpret and evaluate contemporary international security and armed conflict events and developments with reference to international law, and to reach provisional legal conclusions on the conduct of such operations as they unfold and before the full range of facts and other data are available
    • Demonstrate the ability to articulate the complexities of legal debates surrounding the use of force and the conduct of military operations in terminology appropriate to the subject, but in a clear and readily understood manner to a non-expert audience.
  • International Criminal Law and Human Rights
    Module LeaderMr David Turns - Senior Lecturer
    Syllabus
    • State and criminal individual responsibility 
    • State criminal jurisdiction and immunities
    • International co-operation: extradition and abuse of process
    • International tribunals and the International Criminal Court
    • International crimes: from piracy to aggression
    • Principles of criminal liability and defences
    • International and regional regimes of human rights law
    • Human rights in the UK: the Human Rights Act 1998
    • The right to life
    • Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment
    • The right to liberty and security of the person
    • Terrorism and derogations from human rights
    • The application of human rights to armed forces on operations overseas: extraterritorial jurisdiction
    • Human rights of the armed forces.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate expertise on current research on legal aspects of international criminal justice and the protection of human rights, particularly insofar as they relate to operations by the armed and security forces, and be able to relate this to research in other areas of defence and security studies.
    • Monitor, analyse, interpret and evaluate contemporary international security events and developments with reference to international criminal and human rights law, and to reach provisional legal conclusions on the application of those laws to such operations as they unfold and before the full range of facts and other data are available.
    • Demonstrate the ability to articulate the complexities of legal debates surrounding the search for international criminal justice and the protection of human rights in terminology appropriate to the subject, but in a clear and readily understood manner to a non-expert audience.
  • Intelligence in International Security
    Module LeaderDr Thomas O'Brien - Lec Pol Science, Int Dev And Pub Policy
    Syllabus
    • Introduction to intelligence: what is it; why is it, so what?
    • Intelligence taxonomy: sources; disciplines; and agencies
    • The intelligence process: the intelligence cycle; the network-centric model; and the intelligence commons
    • National intelligence systems: structures; and cultures
    • The Cold War: as secret intelligence war; as setting for the contemporary intelligence function; and who really won the Cold War?
    • Intelligence ‘failure’ and ‘success’: key case studies (Barbarossa, Pearl Harbor' Falkland Islands, Iraq); human factors; decision-making
    • ‘Spies only know secrets’:  OSINT: what is it; what can it do; so what?
    • Information working in the ‘Information Age’: from data to wisdom; knowledge working; and new social media
    • Contemporary intelligence issues: politicisation; secrecy, security, sharing; information overload; competition; forces of change; prediction; risk; and, ethics.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Apply relevant theories to the analysis of security, conflict and development
    • Critically analyse trends with the human security domain
    • Identify threats to security
    • Appraise the role of state and non-state security actors within difference transitional societies
    • Recognise the contribution of both political and management science to the analysis of international security
    • Critically analyse the role played by international, regional and sub-regional security organisations
    • Demonstrate how international security management issues go beyond national boundaries and impact regional and sub-regional structures
    • Critically evaluate a country's overall security sector and assess the challenges it poses to the wider development agenda
    • Communicate effectively to a specialised and non-specialised audience the concepts and findings associated with international security.
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
    Module LeaderDr Anastasia Filippidou - Lecturer Centre for International Security & Resilience
    Syllabus
    • Understanding terrorism:
      • Definitional issues
      • Conceptual approaches to terrorism
      • The origins and use of terrorism throughout history
      • The nature and causes of terrorism.
    • Understanding terrorists:
      • The origins, motivations and manifestations of terrorist groups
      • Terrorist organisations and networks
      • The process of radicalisation
      • The terrorist threat at the start of the 21st Century
      • Assessing the success and failure of terrorist groups.
    • Counter-terrorism approaches and strategies:
      • Assumptions, aims, frameworks and principles
      • CT strategies, globally, regionally and nationally
      • The CT 'Toolkit'.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current conceptual thinking regarding the phenomenon of terrorism and the threat that it poses, graphically, orally and in writing
    • Evaluate terrorist groups in terms of their type, techniques, manifestations and success or otherwise, both today and in the past
    • Critique extant counter-terrorism approaches and strategies and evaluate their relative merits in the context of democratic values and human rights
    • Demonstrate creativity and originality in the development of policy relevant recommendations in the fields of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  • Regional Security
    Module LeaderDr Sukanya Podder - Lecturer in International Development
    SyllabusThis module will introduce students to the study of regional security and conflict analysis, a subfield of security studies. The student will first be introduced to the main theoretical approaches to the study of regional security and the role of regional security organisations. These theoretical approaches will be contrasted to approaches focused on international security, and we will ask why it is valuable to study security at the regional level of analysis. Theoretically and empirically, the course will investigate the processes of regionalisation of security that have taken place since the end of the Cold War's global superpower rivalry. It will debate the tensions between regional and globalisation trends and their impact on state sovereignty. The module will also discuss how regional security integration can be achieved and indeed whether such an achievement would be desirable from the perspective of promoting peace and security. The empirical focus of the course in on regionalism in the developing world. The students will be asked to apply their theoretical knowledge to the regional cases. Through such an empirical analysis students will be able to develop linkages between security consideration and how these relate to priorities in foreign policy making.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the main theories of regional security; especially Regional Security Complex Theory and the Security Communities approach
    • Examine how historical, geographical, environmental, political and leadership factors influence the security paradigm in regions
    • Explain the key processes of, and implications of, the regionalisation of security after the end of the Cold War
    • Assess the global interests of the United States and other Great Powers in different regions
    • Evaluate the role of regional organisations such in addressing regional and local security problems 
    • Critically assess these theories and interpretations in light of the empirical study of two regions; South Asia and West Africa.
  • International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding
    Module LeaderDr Sukanya Podder - Lecturer in International Development
    Syllabus
    • Basic concepts, conditions and factors motivating international intervention
    • Actors: international, regional, national and local
    • Peacebuilding strategy: approaches and critiques
    • Statebuilding: policies, approaches and lessons
    • Contextual specificity versus global templates
    • Simulation on security, justice and governance reform
    • Bottom up approaches: community recovery in theory and practice
    • Implications for post conflict development.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Compare and contrast international responses to peacebuilding and statebuilding
    • Identify challenges to international interventions from a number of perspectives
    • Create and adapt a basic plan for intervention and post conflict development
    • Develop logical planning skills for contextual analysis that can be implemented in practice
    • Assess the merits and challenges of adopting a top down versus bottom up approach
    • Evaluate the impact and consequences of international interventions in security, justice, governance and community recovery from a range of perspective.
  • Managing Natural Disasters
    Module LeaderDr Thomas O'Brien - Lec Pol Science, Int Dev And Pub Policy
    Syllabus

    The aim of this module is two-fold.  First, this module aims to understand the meaning of disasters by analysing three disaster paradigms including dominant, alternative and mid-range in order to have a fuller theoretical and practical understanding around 'what is a disaster?'  Second, this module focuses on the policy and practice of disaster management by taking a nuanced approach.. More concretely UN/ISDR's Disaster Risk Reduction Framework forms the basis of our analysis.  Specific case studies are drawn from the global North and South in order to put theory into practice.  In doing so, this module will give experience in applying different concepts and theoretical perspectives, as a means of learning how to undertake critical and rigorous analysis. 

    Topics that will be covered include:

    • Is the environment becoming more hazardous? Views from the dominant perspective
    • Disasters as social construction: Views from the sociology of disasters
    • Vulnerability analysis in the making of natural disasters
    • Disaster, Risk and Disaster Management
    • Disaster, Development and Livelihood
    • Disaster Management and Personalising Disaster Management
    • Achieving Disaster Resilience.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Develop a basic skill to analyse how and why disasters occur and what is a disaster
    • Understand the nature and context of natural disasters and of effective ways to manage them
    • Recognise linkages between natural disasters and the development process
    • Analyse and explain the nature of a given disaster situation
    • A working knowledge of disaster management structures and national and international systems and of the relevant organisations and institutions
    • Ability to analyse and explain the nature of a given disaster situation, to assess risks and outline effective response patterns.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction, Control and Verification
    Module LeaderDr Matthew Healy - Lecturer
    Syllabus

    In the modern age one of the more important mechanisms ensuring defence and security is a proper system of international disarmament treaties and agreements. These can be truly international in scope such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) or the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Other agreements can be bilateral or multilateral in nature such as the Start agreements between the US and the Russian Federation as the successor state to the Soviet Union. To generate confidence between the participants these agreements need to be verifiable. Such verification can be carried out bilaterally by the State Parties or an independent international organisation can be set up for the purpose. The International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) based in Vienna polices the NPT while the provisions of the CWC are enforced by the International Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Warfare whose headquarters are in the Hague. 

    In the nuclear area the role played by treaties is either to limit the spread of such weapons to non-nuclear states (NPT) or to try to agree some reduction in the number of weapons among possessor states (START). 

    In the chemical and biological field the BTWC and CWC seek to outlaw entirely whole classes of weapons. The CWC does not merely seek to control chemical weapons but insists on possessor states disarming and eliminating such weapons entirely within a set timescale. All industrial chemicals are classified in schedules according to their perceived threat to the Convention. The CWC therefore has profound implications not only for military forces but also for civilian industry. States Parties to the treaty must set up and enshrine in domestic law a national authority whose role is to provide yearly declarations and statistics to the OPCW describing the chemicals produced and the processes used to do so. The CWC inspection regime is an intrusive one and involves both routine and ‘challenge’ inspections. The ability to receive such inspections and to demonstrate compliance with the Treaty provisions while preserving essential industrial and military security requires trained personnel, close liaison with Industry and specialist trained military escort teams. IAEA inspections can also be intrusive but their scope and pattern are narrower and affect fewer installations and establishments.

    Module Content

    1. Chemical, Biological and Toxin (CBT) Weapons

    • Chemistry, biochemistry and Toxicology Primer 
    • Chemicals, toxins and Biological materials that have or might be used in weapons, their nature, toxicology and other properties in as much as these affect the utility or otherwise of the agents as weapons
    • History of Chemical Warfare and CBT weapons
    • Demilitarisation of Weapons and Agents to meet treaty obligations.

    2. Nuclear

    • Basic Nuclear Science
    • Weapon Design
    • Electromagnetic Effects
    • The Radiation Environment
    • Blast and Thermal Effects.

    3. Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Arms Control

    • Overview of N+CBW Arms Control
    • History of Arms control and case studies
    • Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
    • Nuclear Arms Control Treaties
    • The role of the OPCW and National Authority.

    4. Inspections and other verification regimes

    • Case Studies.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Provide an overview of the threat posed to world peace and security by weapons of mass destruction
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the technology necessary to develop weapons of mass destruction, the main types, principles of construction and effect, and the technological and economic barriers that can control their proliferation 
    • Evaluate the international treaties and bi- and multi-lateral agreements that are in place to control WMD
    • Assess the role of the UN, OPCW, IAEA and other international bodies in verification regimes set up to police treaty compliance.
  • Military Support to Disasters
    Module LeaderDr Peter Caddick-Adams - Lecturer
    Syllabus
    • Disaster preparedness:
      • The requirement
      • Military capabilities which can be used to enhance disaster preparedness, and the planning and use of military capabilities to enhance disaster preparedness
      • Humanitarian/disaster relief.
    • The nature of humanitarian/disaster relief operations:
      • Operational environment
      • Characteristics of humanitarian/disaster relief operations
      • Disaster types.
    • Military capabilities:
      • Assessment / C²
      • Communications support
      • Search and rescue
      • Infrastructure support
      • Transport, supply and distribution
      • Public health / medical.
    • The approach to humanitarian emergencies/disasters:
      • Access by humanitarian and development relief communities to military capabilities
      • Role of the international community
      • Government response
      • Inter-departmental response
      • Legal issues
      • Financial issues.
    • The planning, deployment and use of military capabilities:
      • Assessment of the nature and extent of the disaster
      • Planning considerations
      • Mission analysis and estimate process
      • Civil response to humanitarian emergencies/disasters
      • Military response to humanitarian emergencies/disasters
      • Key tenets of military support
      • Command and control.
    • Security considerations
    • Evaluation of humanitarian response including military support
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Understand the military capabilities to support humanitarian/disaster relief operations
    • Assess the nature and extent of a disaster
    • Recognise the key tenets of effective military support
    • Apply the estimate process to a humanitarian emergency / disaster
    • Plan the deployment of military capabilities
    • Practise command and control of a joint civil-military operation
    • Evaluate humanitarian response including military support and assess the degree to which military support has enhanced resilient national and local capabilities.
  • Crisis Management
    Syllabus

    Crises of all types are a particular challenge to governments, the emergency services, industry and commerce, the military and non-governmental organisation.  Organisations and communities expect their leaders to minimize the impact of any crisis, whilst critics seize the moment to blame governments and senior management for any polices or lack of policies that might have led to the crisis.  In this extreme environment, policy makers and practitioners must somehow establish a sense of normality, and foster a sense of collective learning from the crisis experience.  This particular module will concentrate on the range of crises that broadly come under the heading of resilience, i.e. where it will interfere significantly with a government's ability to manage its affairs to the detriment of its population or an organisation's ability to conduct its operations to the detriment of its workforce or the people it is aiming to serve.

    The syllabus will include:

    • Introduction to crisis management
    • How and why crises occur
    • Making sense of crises
    • International, regional and national laws relating to crises
    • Comparative analysis of the way different countries and organisations approach crisis management
    • Leadership during crises and the effects of stress on the decision-making process
    • Examination of a range of crises at international, national and local levels
    • A crisis table-top exercise.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the anatomy of a crisis
    • Recognise the importance of and illustrate how to scan the horizon for future crises
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of crises in the context of how they affect people and communities
    • Identify the inter-organisational structures and individual skills and knowledge necessary to manage crises effectively, including the principles of integrated crisis management
    • Recognise the implications and effects of stress on those caught up in a crisis, both from the point of view of victims and responders
    • Compile and critically evaluate lessons identified during and following international, national and local crises
    • Have had an opportunity to practice his/her skills in a simulated crisis event.
  • The Resilience Context
    Module LeaderMrs Edith Wilkinson - Senior Research Fellow
    Syllabus

    This module is designed to get students to explore the following topics:

    • Origins and development of the concept of resilience - theoretical underpinnings and study of its key components
    • Resilience issues at various levels - from the individual to society
    • Risk, security and resilience - security and risk theories and their relationship to resilience
    • Implementation approaches : policies in the UK and abroad, resilience and development
    • Limitations of the concept
    • Case studies
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain the evolution of the resilience concept
    • Define the meaning of the concept and describe its key components
    • Recognise its contemporary applicability in policy and critically evaluate the implementation approaches
    • Demonstrate awareness of core literature pertaining to resilience and describe its relation to the broader sociological and social science framework.
  • Strategy for Resilience
    Syllabus
    • The importance of strategic management in planning for resilience
    • Exploration of models of strategic management
    • Critical evaluation of strategic management tools
    • Understanding the strategy process including the following core elements: strategic analysis, strategy selection and strategy implementation
    • Critical evaluation of change management issues associated with the implementation of strategy within a resilience context and consideration of various models
    • Drivers for and barriers to change, including issues such as strategic drift, process versus content, causes of resistance (enablers and disablers)
    • Introduction to project and programme management concepts
    • Delivering resilient capability: delivering policy through projects – delivery of change
    • Projects and programmes: bodies of knowledge and methodologies (APM, PRINCE, MSP) : including business case, organisation, planning, controls, management of risk and change control
    • Relationship between strategy, project, programme and portfolio
    • Tools and techniques for managing projects and programmes: including an introduction to software tools
    • Change benefit realisation – use of a series of tools to ensure organisations achieve the key outputs desired from transformational change – thereby linking performance with change management
    • Introduction to performance management and its role
    • Examining the importance of performance management in the resilience sector and applied to cross-sectoral work of public institutions
    • Challenges in applying performance management in transitional societies
    • Critical evaluation of tools which enable the implementation of strategy
    • Use of benchmarking as a management tool with detailed discussion of the process and how it is used.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

    • Identify and describe the concepts, theoretical ideas and empirical research findings which underpin the study and management practice of strategy; change management, project and programme management and performance management
    • Distinguish between the different levels of change implementation (project, programme and portfolio) and how they interconnect
    • Discriminate and explain the particular challenges of developing and implementing strategies for organisations operating in uncertain and unpredictable external environments, including post-conflict situations
    • Justify and recommend the use of strategic, change, project and performance management tools and techniques in specific resilience situations
    • Identify and distinguish the particular challenges of developing and implementing strategies for organisations with multiple national and international stakeholders
    • Critically evaluate the utility of the concepts, tools and techniques in the resilience context
    • Select, develop, adapt and populate useful tools and techniques for specific resilience contexts
    • Appraise resilience projects and programmes in terms of key success factors
    • Apply the skills to determine the benefits, outcomes and deliverables from implementation of these techniques, identifying potential problems in the process
    • Develop skills in the processes of strategic thinking – an awareness of what analysis, choice and implementation of strategy require – through applied work on case material and investigations into his/her own organisation’s strategic activities.

Assessment

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

Start date, duration and location

Start date: September

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Full-time PgCert - one year, Full-time PgDip - one year

(For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)

Teaching location: Shrivenham

Overview

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.

There is often a wide range of nationalities on the course, with a maximum of 30 places available.

Your teaching team

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second class Honours degree or relevant professional equivalent. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5

TOEFL - 92 

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.


Fees

Home EU Student Fees

MSc Full-time - £16,250

PgDip Full-time - £13,900

PgCert Full-time - £6,950

Overseas Fees

MSc Full-time - £16,250

PgDip Full-time - £13,900

PgCert Full-time - £6,950

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding

For more information on funding please contact prospectus.shrivenham@cranfield.ac.uk

Application Process

Career opportunities

This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation (Defence Attachés, Desk Officers within the MoD, representatives from the FCO and DFID) or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues pertaining to defence and security. Students may also wish to pursue careers with private security companies, think tanks, within academia or for foreign governments.

Applicants to this degree come from a range of backgrounds. While we have a number of candidates who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees, we also have a significant number who are civil servants working within defence, serving and retired military personnel and those who working within the financial services. The aim of this course is therefore to provide all students with a high quality, and transferable, postgraduate qualification.

The course therefore assists in taking you on to senior positions in the armed forces, government, international organisations, media and academia.

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