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Global pandemics, the effects of climate change, cyber-attacks, the rise of the far right, international terrorism and the disintegration of our democratic systems; these are just some of the threats that this generation will have to meet in the 21st century.  How can we respond to these threats and security issues as individuals, organisations and societies?

Studying the full-time MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security at Northumbria University, Amsterdam Campus will introduce you to the key concepts and theories necessary to understand the features of contemporary international relations, conflict studies and security issues.

You will be given the opportunity to explore responses to such challenges within a dynamic framework of politics, law and ethics . You will learn to consider what is possible. In order to discuss the questions of what can be done, versus what ought to be done.

We will give focus to the relationship between international and national interests. The programme will allow you to understand conflict and security as a policy challenge. You will be able to recognise the increasing degree of interdependence between states, international organisations and non-state actors in governing this area of international relations.

You will also analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability.

This programme gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to international conflict, across different countries and nations.

This master's program is open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines. The course will prepare you for a career in international relations. However you will also have the skills and knowledge appropriate to those looking for careers in international organisations, government, media or academia.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 Year Full-Time

Location
Netherlands

City
Amsterdam

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject, or equivalent.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: EUR 9,450

Full EU Fee: EUR 9,450

Full International Fee: TBC

Scholarships and Discounts

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ADDITIONAL COSTS

Students must provide their own laptops for study on this course. The minimum specifications are: Windows 10 Home 64-bit, Intel Pentium® Gold 4415U processor (2 cores) or Core i5 2 GHz processor, 8Gb RAM , 128 GB SSD. Discounts are available through Dutch resellers using AUAS login details.  The price of laptops of this specification vary between 700 - 2,200 euros.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AT7037 -

Contemporary Challenges in Conflict and Security (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about the most significant challenges to peace and order that we face today, recognising the changing nature of such challenges. Conflict and issues of security (or indeed insecurity) appear to go through phases, with some issues ebbing and rising over time; for example nuclear security during the Cold War and in today’s North Korea, or ethnic conflict during the 1990s. This module aims to respond to broad trends in conflict and security, analysing their nature and impact on policy-making in the UK, Europe and the world. This may include (but is not limited to) issues such as terrorism, migration, nuclear power, fake news, genocide, water, energy and gender imbalances.

More information

AT7038 -

Conflict and Security Governance (Core,30 Credits)

Today insecurities, or challenges to security emerge from a range of sources – be that tensions between states, civil war half way around the world, terrorism or the lack of resources and economic development elsewhere. Thus, processes and policies to address such insecurities and challenges can not rely on unilateral action alone; instead, states, regional and international organisations, and private companies are engaged in security governance. In this module you will learn about different ways of conceptualising security governance from the public to the private, and study a range of institutions, such as NATO, OSCE, the EU, the UN and other regional organisations to understand security as part of a framework of multi-level governance in the security domain.
This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of how international and regional organisations function to maintain international peace and security. You will critically analyse how states cooperate in the context of these organisation and how they respond to global and regional security challenges.

More information

AT7039 -

International Law and Global Justice (Optional,30 Credits)

This module will engage with the political dilemmas we face in international relations today, and the concept, theories and practices that inform our decision-making in response. You will analyse a range of issues, such as the question of global solidarity in relation to issues such as under-development, natural catastrophes, conflict or human rights violations, the relative significance of culture, sovereignty and self-determination, and concepts such as consent, responsibility and autonomy.
You will investigate these dilemmas in light of international law, (power) politics and ethics, and how each inform, enable or constrain action. You will develop an appreciation of the problem of the indeterminateness of our knowledge of specific issues that despite their indeterminateness still require political action (including non-action).

More information

AT7040 -

Theorising International Relations, Conflict and Security (Core,30 Credits)

In this module, you will investigate how scholars have conceptualised international relations, as well as conflict and war as key phenomena within it. You will gain a firm grounding in the discipline by critically analysing the foundations of structural and post-structural/critical theories if you have not studied International Relations before. If you have prior knowledge of International Relations theory, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of theories by approaching them in a way that focuses on conceptual similarities and differences, analysing themes, as well as ontological, epistemological and methodological differences.

You will study structural theories such as those of the Realist and Liberal schools, including variants such as the English School and Constructivism, as well as post-structural and critical theories, such as Critical Theory, postmodernism, feminism, post-colonialism, international political theory. You will engage with Waltz’ three images and gain an overview over theories of the causes of war.

More information

AT7041 -

Social Sciences Postgraduate Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will demonstrate advanced and independent critical thinking skills about the research process and a specific, substantial topic of your choice. In doing so you will develop robust, coherent and substantiated, advanced academic arguments in an identifiable area of enquiry. There are a number of options for the dissertation: literature-based, empirical, or placement-based dissertations. In formulating, research, and writing your dissertation you will be guided by your dissertation supervisor. The dissertation is the culmination of your taught experience and will enable you to deploy the skills develop during the taught programme.

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AT7042 -

Geopolitics of Development (Optional,30 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the key contemporary experiences, policies and debates that characterize international development in a time of significant geopolitical change and shifting relationships. The module will enable you to develop cutting edge and nuanced analyses of the changing landscape of international development, and to locate a range of important actors in the global development arena. The module critically debates historical relationships between aid and development, and the predominance of western development agendas and approaches; the emergence of new state and non-state actors, and with this new forms of development cooperation that may transcend the traditional and hierarchical North-South aid relationship; and the implications for development theory and practice. Practical exercises will apply your understanding of geopolitical change and its impacts, to real-world case studies.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AT7037 -

Contemporary Challenges in Conflict and Security (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about the most significant challenges to peace and order that we face today, recognising the changing nature of such challenges. Conflict and issues of security (or indeed insecurity) appear to go through phases, with some issues ebbing and rising over time; for example nuclear security during the Cold War and in today’s North Korea, or ethnic conflict during the 1990s. This module aims to respond to broad trends in conflict and security, analysing their nature and impact on policy-making in the UK, Europe and the world. This may include (but is not limited to) issues such as terrorism, migration, nuclear power, fake news, genocide, water, energy and gender imbalances.

More information

AT7038 -

Conflict and Security Governance (Core,30 Credits)

Today insecurities, or challenges to security emerge from a range of sources – be that tensions between states, civil war half way around the world, terrorism or the lack of resources and economic development elsewhere. Thus, processes and policies to address such insecurities and challenges can not rely on unilateral action alone; instead, states, regional and international organisations, and private companies are engaged in security governance. In this module you will learn about different ways of conceptualising security governance from the public to the private, and study a range of institutions, such as NATO, OSCE, the EU, the UN and other regional organisations to understand security as part of a framework of multi-level governance in the security domain.
This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of how international and regional organisations function to maintain international peace and security. You will critically analyse how states cooperate in the context of these organisation and how they respond to global and regional security challenges.

More information

AT7039 -

International Law and Global Justice (Optional,30 Credits)

This module will engage with the political dilemmas we face in international relations today, and the concept, theories and practices that inform our decision-making in response. You will analyse a range of issues, such as the question of global solidarity in relation to issues such as under-development, natural catastrophes, conflict or human rights violations, the relative significance of culture, sovereignty and self-determination, and concepts such as consent, responsibility and autonomy.
You will investigate these dilemmas in light of international law, (power) politics and ethics, and how each inform, enable or constrain action. You will develop an appreciation of the problem of the indeterminateness of our knowledge of specific issues that despite their indeterminateness still require political action (including non-action).

More information

AT7040 -

Theorising International Relations, Conflict and Security (Core,30 Credits)

In this module, you will investigate how scholars have conceptualised international relations, as well as conflict and war as key phenomena within it. You will gain a firm grounding in the discipline by critically analysing the foundations of structural and post-structural/critical theories if you have not studied International Relations before. If you have prior knowledge of International Relations theory, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of theories by approaching them in a way that focuses on conceptual similarities and differences, analysing themes, as well as ontological, epistemological and methodological differences.

You will study structural theories such as those of the Realist and Liberal schools, including variants such as the English School and Constructivism, as well as post-structural and critical theories, such as Critical Theory, postmodernism, feminism, post-colonialism, international political theory. You will engage with Waltz’ three images and gain an overview over theories of the causes of war.

More information

AT7041 -

Social Sciences Postgraduate Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will demonstrate advanced and independent critical thinking skills about the research process and a specific, substantial topic of your choice. In doing so you will develop robust, coherent and substantiated, advanced academic arguments in an identifiable area of enquiry. There are a number of options for the dissertation: literature-based, empirical, or placement-based dissertations. In formulating, research, and writing your dissertation you will be guided by your dissertation supervisor. The dissertation is the culmination of your taught experience and will enable you to deploy the skills develop during the taught programme.

More information

AT7042 -

Geopolitics of Development (Optional,30 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the key contemporary experiences, policies and debates that characterize international development in a time of significant geopolitical change and shifting relationships. The module will enable you to develop cutting edge and nuanced analyses of the changing landscape of international development, and to locate a range of important actors in the global development arena. The module critically debates historical relationships between aid and development, and the predominance of western development agendas and approaches; the emergence of new state and non-state actors, and with this new forms of development cooperation that may transcend the traditional and hierarchical North-South aid relationship; and the implications for development theory and practice. Practical exercises will apply your understanding of geopolitical change and its impacts, to real-world case studies.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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