The question of security now dominates contemporary international politics. Issues such as the 'War on Terror', pre-emptive self-defence and humanitarian intervention constitute seminal international concerns that have implications for all states and all peoples.
The International Relations and Security MA at University of Westminster provides you with a detailed understanding of the nature of the contemporary security agenda, its origins, theoretical foundations and future trajectory. You'll examine the theories of international security and those key security issues that have dominated security discourse in the post-Cold War era. You'll also develop your analytical skills in order to facilitate understanding of the seminal contemporary security issues in a broader theoretical and historical framework.
You'll consider various aspects of international order and politics, including the dynamics of international social and political power relationships and conflicts, and state building. These topics are studied comparatively in relation to governmental, political and social processes, and in the contexts of various historical continuities, discontinuities and contrasts.
Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:
- European Parliament’s Office for Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy
- The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London
- The Strategic Foresight Group
- UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
This course will prepare you for roles in a variety of areas, including:
- Human rights advocate
- International diplomat
- Policy analyst
- Various roles in the Civil Service
The dissertation constitutes a third of the overall marks for this course, and you're encouraged to choose a topic that is of particular interest to you. You'll be assigned a supervisor who is an expert in this area, and they will work with you to structure and refine your work.
Each semester, we invite guest speakers to talk about employability.
Speakers who have previously spoken to our students include representatives from the following organisations:
- Food and Rural Affairs' Protection Approaches
- Refugees Rights Europe
- The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- UK Department of Environment