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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This new MA Security Studies course offers an opportunity to take part in rapidly evolving contemporary discussions on security and may serve as a pathway to doctoral studies. It focused both on theoretical underpinnings of traditional Security Studies as well as more contemporary theorisation of Critical Security Studies.

Traditional Security Studies mainly analyses areas such as threats to state security, military strategy and tactics, utilisation of conventional and unconventional weapons, or great power politics on the international level. While critical Security Studies focuses on the opening up of the referent objects of security from state to individuals, groups, or global environment, and widening of our understanding of security threats. The course will provide you with advanced knowledge of both approaches to the study of security, combining the understanding of interrelated global security problems with their local effects.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to local security environments and institutions which the Department works closely with to nurture your specialised research focus. You may have the chance to work with organisations focusing on providing help and support of refugees, women’s charities, or local councils.

This MA is designed for anyone with wider social science or humanities background who is interested in acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary security issues, policies and actors. MA Security Studies builds on the existing research expertise in the department, ranging from regional security structures and organisations to critical security and terrorism studies.

What you'll study

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in the global and complex security problems on all levels of analysis.

The course is designed through a combination of theory and practice to reflect the realities of the field and allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a variety of security-related issues. Strong focus of the course will be on critical understanding of variety of issues around: terrorism and anti-terrorism policies and practices; human security; global governance; cybersecurity; political economy; sustainable development etc.

Offering a contemporary curriculum covering theoretical debates and practical developments in the field of international security. You’ll critically analyse current security policies and challenges and the interconnected nature of threats.

You’ll also have the chance to get involved with our Department led events, which range from guest lectures, parliamentary negotiation simulations to workshops in political communication.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involves coursework, conducting your own research piece, individual and group class presentations and a reflective assessment. To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Careers and employability

As a graduate of this course, you'll have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills you have learnt while preparing coursework. These include expertise in writing complex, yet concise, analytical pieces, develop and implement projects, diplomatic and negotiation skills, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You'll also be encouraged to articulate these skills in relation to particular occupations that you may be interested in pursuing.

This course focuses on developing the following skills: analysis, communication, time-management, team-working, problem solving, and IT / modern technologies. Each module on this course is designed to engage students in developing these skills, which often form part of assessed assignments.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

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

University information

Nottingham Trent University

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    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

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