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Politics and International RelationsPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

MSc International Security and Risk

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.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Programme Structure

The programme is normally studied over 12 months full-time. The taught component of the programme consists of 30 study weeks divided into two semesters during which time students study eight modules (62.5 ECTS/125 CATS). Students must take 4 compulsory modules and must choose 30ECTS/60 CATS of option modules. Alternative option modules not listed below may be taken, but only with the prior approval of the programme lead.  Students who successful complete the taught component undertake a three-month period of supervised research for a Master’s dissertation at a value of 30 ECTS/60 CATS).

Typical entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree

The normal criterion for admission is a high upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject (some examples may include social sciences, economics, history, or cognate fields) from a UK university or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Mature applicants

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The University has a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

English Language Proficiency
OverallReadingWritingSpeakingListening
7.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5

For more information visit the English Language Proficiency page

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The following are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed below will also be acceptable.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

To be confirmed

Year 1

Compulsory
PAIR6002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
PAIR6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
COMP6224Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG6182Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Options from within the Faculty

CRIM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
CRIM6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
PAIR6039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20

Options from outside the Faculty

MANG6134Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HIST6121Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR6051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PAIR6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PAIR6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
International Security and RiskMSc2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

A1.       Contemporary security challenges

A2.       How to analyse these challenges through an interdisciplinary approach

A3.       How to apply risk management and analysis techniques

A4.       How to develop and present policy proposals

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures ( A1-4); seminars  ( A1-4 ); independent research  (A1-4 );

Assessment methods

Written examinations and assessed course work ( A1-4 ); dissertation  ( A1-4 );

 

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to:

B1.       Demonstrate critical awareness and assessment of competing theoretical claims through the synthesis of a variety of materials (library sources, internet etc) on aspects of security, risk and uncertainty.  

B2.        Demonstrate and assess the relationship between concepts, theories and empirical research within security studies.  

B3.        Construct independent and well-evidenced arguments on the principles and concepts of security,  risk and uncertainty and their implications for policy making.

B4.       Solve problems by applying advanced knowledge of security and risk theory and practice to interpret actual problems or hypothetical, fact-based situations

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures ( B3,4 ); seminars  ( B1-4  ); independent research ( B3,4 ); case studies ( B3,4); laboratory work (B4  )   

Assessment methods

Written examinations and assessed coursework ( B1-4 ) ; dissertation (B1-4 ); presentation (B4  ); laboratory (B4  )

 

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to:

C1.       Use a variety of tools to research security issues

C2.       Apply different methodologies to help develop solutions to problems

C3.       Communicate complex ideas and arguments orally and in a variety of written formats

C4.       Develop and present policy relevant proposals, verbally and orally

C5.       Demonstrate the ability to work individually and in teams

C6.       Design, develop and manage a piece of extended research, using appropriate research methodologies.

C7.       Demonstrate the ability to reflect constructively on your learning and make effective use of feedback received

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures ( C1-2 ); seminars (C1-7  ); independent research (C1,2,6,7  )

Assessment methods

Written examinations and assessed coursework(C1-7 ); dissertation ( C1-7 ); presentation (C3,5)

 

Study locations

Hartley Library

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