MA International Security Studies
Examine current and important issues in international security politics with our flexible MA International Security Studies programme.
The course centres on two core modules, International Relations and International Security Studies, and a methodology module that provides you with the necessary skills to conduct your research. In addition, you’ll have a choice of optional modules – spanning contemporary diplomacy, strategic studies or international law – allowing you to customise your learning experience to your personal interests.
Critically evaluate key international security issues
You will be provided with a solid academic foundation in issues of international security. Furthermore, this course provides you with the ability to conduct critical, independent research into current and historical issues of international security, drawing on a variety of sources and methods.
Practical teaching and learning
Teaching and assessment methods vary across modules.
Our International Security Studies module is conducted as a series of seminars. Working in groups, students give presentations on assigned topics which act as an introduction to each seminar’s discussion. The module also includes a film presentation on a relevant topic.
You’ll be assessed on two pieces of coursework on a specific security political topic, assigned by the module convenor.
Develop in-depth research expertise
As part of your degree, you'll complete a research dissertation. It's an opportunity to carry out independent research –in a specific topic or issue of personal interest, and supervised by an expert – and contribute new insights to the current scholarly debate.
Learn more about our experts.
Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Reading
- Recognised for research quality: 97% of our research outputs are rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, meaning that the University of Reading is 6th highest in the UK for research outputs (Times Higher Education analysis of the latest REF 2021 – Politics and International Studies, when scoring by GPA Output).
- Wide-ranging expertise: Our areas of strength include Applied Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Conflict, Security, Strategy and International Relations.
- Research-led, relevant teaching: Our academics regularly feature in academic literature and the media, offering their expertise on current issues. Learn more about how we engage in real-world politics.
- Exciting optional modules: Across all of our master's degrees, you’ll have the flexibility to study the subjects you're most passionate about.
- Wide variety of teaching and assessment methods: Teaching primarily occurs through small discussion-based seminars, supplemented by lectures and other activities. Assessments range from traditional essays and oral presentations to various ‘real-world’ assignments such as policy papers.