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International Security and Risk (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

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.


As a research-led University we undertake a continuous review of our courses to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this course may be revised however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when and how we might make changes.

Course lead

Your course leader is Steve Chisnall, Lecturer in International Security and Strategy. His research interests focus on decision-making and crisis management. Read Mr Chisnall’s staff profile to find out more about his work.

Student stories

The best parts of my master’s course were the engaging class discussions on contemporary security challenges.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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