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1 year full time
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About the course

Course content

Changing the world for the better is becoming harder. We live in a world that appears to be becoming less secure and more complex than at any time in living memory. In the field of security studies this is posing new challenges, imposing new constraints and demanding new thinking.


Through this programme you will have the opportunity to develop new solutions to these complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study. You will have the opportunity to examine the key security issues facing the world today, including cyber threats, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the challenges posed by states and non-state actors. With a focus on understanding the real-world policy implications of these security challenges, you will have the opportunity to develop practical, policy-relevant proposals. Using advanced research on risk analysis and decision making, you will be expected to apply advanced interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in addressing global security issues.

You will be able to tailor your study and research interests by choosing from a range of option modules and selecting your main research topic. Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.

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Career Opportunities

This course has been specifically designed for students with a practical, career-related focus. The security sector and security-related jobs provide a very wide range of career opportunities. The broad, inter-disciplinary nature of the course provides multiple pathways for entering these industries and sectors, including government departments and agencies, business, international organisations, think tanks and NGOs. Specific career routes could involve security analysis, cyber defence, risk analysis, policy development, intelligence assessment and conflict resolution.

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