Explore the fast-changing and multi-faceted subject of international security. Learn about topics including cybersecurity, counterterrorism and peacekeeping.
International security has evolved enormously in the 21st century. Because of this, the way governments and organisations prepare for threats like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and territorial and sovereignty disputes must adapt, too.
This course aims to prepare you for the new landscape of international security. With a focus on contemporary security issues, you’ll look at politics and policymaking in the international arena, and the role of global actors within it.
You'll gain important insights into the diverse dimensions of international security through in-depth study of up-to-date practices and challenges. You’ll also consider how major security threats impact societies and individuals, and the policy decisions that can prevent and minimise their effects.
Topics you’ll cover include:
- interstate and intrastate wars
- conflict, peace and peacekeeping
- terrorism and counterterrorism
- failed states and state building
- political violence
- climate challenges
This course is suitable for you if you have a degree in an appropriate subject, such as public policy, government, international affairs, international relations, history or sociology, and a keen interest to expand your knowledge and career prospects.
It's also suitable for you if you want to specialise in security issues, whether you're working in an NGO, government or the private sector, or other relevant fields such as commerce, industry and teaching.
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Learn from experts in the field
Studying in our Department for Politics, Languages & International Studies will provide you with the opportunity to work with leading researchers. Their first-hand research experience will allow you to gain new perspectives on this complex subject area. Their expertise spans areas like cyberspace politics, gender politics, biological and chemical warfare, and global governance.
Gain important career skills
You’ll have the opportunity to gain:
- in-depth knowledge of the new international security environment of the 21st century
- a detailed understanding of the theories and methods underpinning international security
- the ability to analyse current security challenges and practices and their impact on research and policymaking
- a strong foundation for an international career in administration, diplomacy, research and policymaking
Studying this course will provide you with an excellent grounding for working in international organisations, government agencies, multinational corporations, NGOs, and public bodies.
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations, including:
- Foreign Relations Officer, Office of the Narcotics Control Board
- Policy Advisor, DEFRA
- Analyst, UI's Europe Programme
- NATO consultant, Washington DC
- Global Operations Officer, Drum Cussac Group