MA International Security


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts



This course will provide a theoretical and empirical understanding of international security and international relations. Key modules on this degree include: International Relations Theory, International Security and War Games.

An important part of the MA is the dissertation which is submitted in September. You choose your own topic and have an individual supervisor who gives advice on all aspects of writing and researching a dissertation. We also organise a Postgraduate Day in the spring when you get the opportunity to discuss your dissertation with staff and fellow students.

This MA will help you to develop a range of valuable transferable skills, particularly if you are seeking a professional career in international security, whether as a policy analyst, journalist or researcher. The degree will also appeal if you are intending to pursue postgraduate research in international security and international relations.

Overview

This course will help you to develop a range of valuable transferable skills, particularly if you are seeking a professional career in international security, whether as a policy analyst, journalist or researcher. The degree will also appeal if you are intending to pursue postgraduate research in international security and international relations.

Course Structure

The first compulsory module, International Relations Theory, is central to all our international politics MA degrees and provides an essential grounding in International Relations theory. It provides a current and inter-disciplinary understanding of international politics and does not require previous knowledge of theory.

The second compulsory module, International Security, examines the study of security in the international system, through its roots in Cold War strategic studies to the development of the more broadly focused field of security studies today. The module critically analyses contemporary security issues and provides a sound theoretical base for considering practical issues of security, including new wars, intervention and terrorism.

The final compulsory taught module, War Games, introduces students to some of the major issues and ideas concerning diplomacy and military strategy in International Relations. You will learn about the theoretical and practical challenges concerning strategic relations between states, developing a more nuanced understanding of war and peace in international politics.

You will also have the opportunity to choose three optional modules, open to all MA International Relations students.

The remaining core component of the course is the Dissertation module. You are required to write a dissertation on an agreed topic with a specialist supervisor. This module develops the skills required in conducting independent research and you will gain valuable experience in producing lengthy pieces of research on topics of your own choice.

Assessment

Assessment is a mixture of the more traditional academic approach of essays and projects - alongside course tests and reflective reports. All modules will seek to improve your engagement and encourage independent learning.

The majority of teaching relies on lectures and seminars, but will utilise, where appropriate, films and scenarios in order to explore different ideas and examples, both thematically and empirically.

Brussels Trip

We organise a trip to Brussels every year for our MA students. The trip includes three or more nights in a city centre hotel at a heavily subsidised rate. We visit the EU and NATO and there are opportunities to ask officials and military people questions about their work. We also meet graduates from UEA who are now working in or near Brussels.

International Studies Programme  

Our International Studies Programme involves studies in a number of locations in continental Europe with visits most years to Paris, Brussels, Kortrijk in Flanders, and Geneva. The Programme includes study and discussion with academics, politicians and officials as well as visits to international organisations, including the EU and NATO institutions, and non-governmental bodies and Think Tanks, such as the European Institute for Asian studies, ICRC, WHO, UNESCO, etc.

Students taking part are awarded a certificate for successfully completing the programme. 

UEA Brussels

We have an office in Brussels in association with the East of England European Partnership.  The office provides a base for our teaching and employability activities and as a PPL postgraduate student you can use the facilities to carry out research and write your dissertation.  

This course is also available on a part time basis.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

The main objectives of this course are to introduce students to the academic study of International Relations theory. This is done by investigating leading theoretical approaches and becoming familiar with important concepts and debates in International Relations theory. Students are introduced to the nature of knowledge claims (epistemology) and fundamental assumptions about social/international reality (ontology) in International Relations. Please note that this is an introductory module and should not be taken if you have already studied IR theory.

PPLI7005A

20

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

This module examines the study of security in the international system, through its roots in Cold War strategic studies to the development of the more broadly focused field of security studies today. The module critically analyses contemporary security issues and provides a sound theoretical base for considering practical issues of security, including new wars, intervention and terrorism. Themes are explored from theoretical perspectives and include security and the nation state, war and peace, new wars, alliances, democratic peace, securitisation, human security, the arms industry, religion and security and terrorism.

PPLI7006B

20

PSI DISSERTATION

For all MA students registered in PSI except those undertaking a Dissertation by Practice . Students are required to write a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic approved by the Course Director or other authorised person. The dissertation is to be submitted the first working day of September 2016.

PPLX7010X

60

WAR GAMES: DIPLOMACY AND STRATEGY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

'War games' introduces students to some of the major issues and ideas concerning diplomacy and military strategy in International Relations. The module comprises fortnightly lectures, two screening sessions, and weekly seminars involving lengthy scenario exercises. Students will learn about the theoretical and practical challenges concerning military relations between states, including concepts such as 'the security dilemma', 'future uncertainty', 'self help', 'balancing', 'deterrence', 'imperial overstretch', and 'humanitarian intervention'. The successful completion of this module will lead to a more nuanced understanding of war and peace in international politics.

PPLI7012A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

The Course Director will support 40 credits off profile over the course of your degree with no more than 20 credits being taken off profile in any one semester.

Name Code Credits

EUROPEAN UNION: POWER, POLITICS AND POLICY

This module studies the integration process in Europe. It introduces the evolution of political and economic co-operation in the continent through the analysis of each EU treaty reform including the latest constitutional initiative. The main political actors and their role are identified and the workings of the European Union as a polity are assessed in the light of relevant theoretical discourses and interpretations.

PPLI7000A

20

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS: CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module introduces to students the basic concepts of integration/disintegration, globalisation, regionalism and the purpose of the existence of and inter-relationship between international regional Organisations. It then goes on to examine the structure and functions of several major international organisations such as the United Nations, NATO, the EU, NAFTA, ASEAN, MERCOSUR, the AU, etc, and their role in international conflict and economic development with specific case studies. A brief coverage of international financial institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, the WTO and the G8 will complement the main areas of study above. The style of the module consists of a series of lectures/seminars, class presentations, video showings and workshops. Although this is a mostly empirically based module, students will be expected to apply International Relations and Development theories which they will be studying alongside, in their other modules, as appropriate.

PPLI7004A

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

The Course Director will support 40 credits off profile over the course of your degree with no more than 20 credits being taken off profile in any one semester.

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

This module will use case studies of Southeast Asia, Central America and the Middle East to explore the reasons for American interventions and to assess their success or failure. It will offer an historical understanding of the assumptions and practices which lie behind contemporary US foreign policy-making. The module will introduce students to the institutions and processes involved in the making of American foreign policy.

PPLI7008B

20

BRICS - EMERGING POWERS IN GLOBAL POLITICS

This module examines how the large group of dynamic emerging powers are at the forefront of global change. The growing influence of these emerging global powers is a key component of the shifting world power. We are seeing new international governance through stronger regional blocs, new South-South alliances, the progress of international institutions such as the BRICS Development Bank, and pressure to change the distribution of power in existing intergovernmental organisations. Focus in this module will be on analysis of social, political and economic change underway in world order.

PPLI7011B

20

EUROPE AND THE WORLD

This module examines the position of Europe in International Relations. Weekly lectures and seminars centre upon contemporary debates on Globalisation and Regionalism, Europe's trade relations with the US, China, Russia and the European neighbourhood, security strategies and responses to topical international conflicts like Palestine, Syria, and African civil wars, inter-regional co-operation among trading blocs in politics and commerce, relations with emerging powers and the Developing World, and environmental/energy issues.

PPLI7010B

20

THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN IN THE MODERN WORLD

The module looks at the history of China and Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The attempts at modernisation, conflict between the two nations, their relationships with the Asian region and the United States are covered. Their contrasting attempts to develop in the postwar period are investigated. We also assess their current policies and the issues of importance to China and Japan in the twenty first century, and assess whether they can move beyond the legacy of this difficult history.

PPLI7007B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.

Scholarships and Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. For further information relevant to Political, Social and International Studies, visit the Scholarships and Funding page for postgraduate students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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