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MASecurity Studies (Specialist)

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £15,000 per year
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The Department of International Politics is world leader in the study of security in world politics. One of three key non-traditional approaches to Security Studies bears the name the ‘Aberystwyth School’. This degree scheme offers MA students a thorough introduction into the Aberystwyth approach, which emphasizes ethical and political questions related to security, as well as into all competing approaches. Our particular strengths and research areas are theories of security; new security issues – especially health, environment, resource strain and the internet; nuclear proliferation and disarmament; European security and policing; gender and security and the ethics of security.

With further staff specialising in the cognate areas of development, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, intelligence and strategic studies as well as in numerous aspects of international theory, students with specific security-related interests can build up their own pathway to studying security. Students interested in the development of a critical awareness of the state of theory and practice in the field of contemporary security studies are well served by the programme.

Students on this degree will develop expertise in contemporary security studies, with special emphasis on theories and conceptualizations of security and security threats. This grounding knowledge – introduced in the compulsory core module – is deepened through optional modules from the security studies basket. Most students focus on issues of new security agendas (such as health, the critical infrastructure or environmental stress), the challenges of the nuclear weapons and the issues of disarmament, the questions of security as related to risk, resilience and/or global governance, and on the theoretical and normative aspects of security. Students are encouraged to explore the inter-relationship between global processes and specific security dynamics in both the developing and developed world.

Career opportunities

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the relationship between global processes and specific security dynamics in both the developing and developed world. Topics covered include Securitization Theory, the Copenhagen School, Emancipation, the Ethics of Security, Discourse and Identity, Practices of (In)Security, Feminist Theorizing about Security and the Paris School. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States