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International Security and Risk (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop the skills to tackle complex political challenges, such as cyber threats, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, on this MSc International Security and Risk degree at the University of Southampton. You’ll use advanced research on risk analysis and decision-making to understand and inform global security policy. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to become a security specialist.

This UK master’s course combines security studies, cyber security and risk analysis to reflect a global political environment that demands new thinking.

On this course we take a multidisciplinary approach to teach the skills and understanding you'll need to work in the modern political landscape.

You’ll have the chance to develop new solutions to these complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study. You'll examine the key security issues facing the world today, including:

  • cyber threats
  • terrorism
  • weapons of mass destruction
  • the challenges posed by states and non-state actors

With a focus on understanding the real-world policy implications of these security challenges, you'll have the chance to develop practical, policy-relevant proposals.

Using advanced research on risk analysis and decision-making, you'll learn how to apply advanced interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in addressing global security issues.

You’ll consider historical, social, scientific, technological and military factors as you examine the issues of modern security.


There's a wide range of international security jobs for graduates, with career routes including:

  • cyber defence
  • risk analysis
  • policy development
  • intelligence assessment
  • conflict resolution

Organisations that would benefit from your skills include:

  • government departments and agencies
  • international organisations
  • non-governmental organisations
  • think tanks

You’ll also be in a great position to continue your studies at PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

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