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Applications for 2019/20 will open soon. This course is not available for 2018/19 entry.

Increasing globalisation could be increasing the potential for peace, yet conflict and security continue to dominate international relations.

But how can states respond to emerging security threats from individuals, organisations and states?

Studying the MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will give you the opportunity to explore responses to such security challenges within a dynamic framework of politics, law and ethics - the questions of what can be done versus what ought to be done.

Emphasising the relationship between international and national interests, the programme will allow you to understand conflict and security as a policy challenge and to recognise the increasing degree of interdependence between states in governing this area of international relations.

Open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, this programme will be particularly suited to those looking for careers in international organisations, government, media or academia.

Applications for 2019/20 will open soon. This course is not available for 2018/19 entry.

Increasing globalisation could be increasing the potential for peace, yet conflict and security continue to dominate international relations.

But how can states respond to emerging security threats from individuals, organisations and states?

Studying the MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will give you the opportunity to explore responses to such security challenges within a dynamic framework of politics, law and ethics - the questions of what can be done versus what ought to be done.

Emphasising the relationship between international and national interests, the programme will allow you to understand conflict and security as a policy challenge and to recognise the increasing degree of interdependence between states in governing this area of international relations.

Open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, this programme will be particularly suited to those looking for careers in international organisations, government, media or academia.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 year part-time
3 other options available

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will be able to investigate key developments in international conflict and security, and responses to them. You will have the opportunity to study different types of war and conflict, including inter-state war, intra-state wars (ethnic or civil conflict, independence movements, new wars and complex emergencies) and international terrorism; as well as political, institutional and legal tools and frameworks to address them.

The programme is comprised of four core modules and an independent guided piece of research in the form of a dissertation.

Core modules:

•             International law and global justice (30 credits)

•             Contemporary challenges in conflict, war and security (30 credits)

•             Theorising conflict, war and security (30 credits)

•             International security governance (30 credits)

•             Dissertation (60 credits)

•             Research Methods (0 credits)

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The MA in International Relations, Conflict and Security will be taught by experienced academics whose expertise is underpinned by a strong track record of related research activity.

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published teachers and researchers from across the UK and Europe. Our team is one of the most research-active groups in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages, publishing widely in well-known academic journals, responding to contemporary issues and developments, as well as engaging with wider political ideas that shape the way we think and act.

Tutor Profiles

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In conjunction with traditional lectures and seminars, we use a range of technology -enhanced applications including Blackboard and electronic reading lists to support your learning.

The teaching team are also keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones and associated apps and via social media, with the aim to improve your learning experience. We will experiment with new ways of engaging you via tablets and other devices to enable individual and group interaction.

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Research is embedded into the structure of this degree, and from the very beginning you will experience a mix of research-led, research-tutored and research-based teaching.

There will be case-study learning, which means that you have to engage with real-life cases and use your theoretical learning to make decisions.

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You will develop transferable and professional skills to enable you to work in conflict and security analysis related contexts, such as government, international organisations, NGOs or the military.

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The MA International Relations, Conflict and Security is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical and professional development. You will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that would be particularly useful for careers within international organisations, NGOs, government, media or academia.

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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IR7010 -

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.

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IR7012 -

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.

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SO7001 -

Advanced Study Skills (Core, 0 Credits)

The learning and teaching strategy will employ a variety of methods that are appropriate for Level 7 students. The module will begin with a number of workshops that are aimed at preparing students for PGT study; reading, researching and writing in an intensive yet supportive format in the form of workshops, to develop these core academic skills. These sessions will draw on expertise from within and also outside the department, for example from the LRC, and be supported by student tasks to help provide practice at the skills required. The module will also focus on research skills to support the taught modules across the social science suite of programmes and address process issues associated with ethics approval, writing a research proposal and undertaking independent study. The module will utilise a range of staff expertise from within the Department of Social Sciences. This combination of teaching methods will introduce students to the full range of topics and skills required to be successful in undertaking postgraduate study.

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IR7009 -

International Law and Global Justice (Core, 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).

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IR7011 -

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.

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SO7001 -

Advanced Study Skills (Core, 0 Credits)

The learning and teaching strategy will employ a variety of methods that are appropriate for Level 7 students. The module will begin with a number of workshops that are aimed at preparing students for PGT study; reading, researching and writing in an intensive yet supportive format in the form of workshops, to develop these core academic skills. These sessions will draw on expertise from within and also outside the department, for example from the LRC, and be supported by student tasks to help provide practice at the skills required. The module will also focus on research skills to support the taught modules across the social science suite of programmes and address process issues associated with ethics approval, writing a research proposal and undertaking independent study. The module will utilise a range of staff expertise from within the Department of Social Sciences. This combination of teaching methods will introduce students to the full range of topics and skills required to be successful in undertaking postgraduate study.

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SO7002 -

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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Study Options

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