M.Sc. On Campus

International Security and Risk

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop the skills to tackle complex political challenges, such as cyber threats, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, at the International Security and Risk MSc course offered at the University of Southampton. You’ll use advanced research on risk analysis and decision-making to understand and inform global security policy.


Course Details

This International Security and Risk MSc course offered at the University of Southampton combines security studies, cyber security and risk analysis to reflect a global political environment that demands new thinking. 

On this course we take a multidisciplinary approach to teach the skills and understanding you'll need to work in the modern political landscape. 

You’ll have the chance to develop new solutions to these complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study. You'll examine the key security issues facing the world today, including: 

  • cyber threats 
  • terrorism 
  • weapons of mass destruction 
  • the challenges posed by states and non-state actors 

With a focus on understanding the real-world policy implications of these security challenges, you'll have the chance to develop practical, policy-relevant proposals. 

Using advanced research on risk analysis and decision-making, you'll learn how to apply advanced interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in addressing global security issues. 

You’ll consider historical, social, scientific, technological and military factors as you examine the issues of modern security.

Career Opportunities

There's a wide range of international security jobs for graduates, with career routes including:

  • cyber defence 
  • risk analysis 
  • policy development 
  • intelligence assessment 
  • conflict resolution 

Organisations that would benefit from your skills include: 

  • government departments and agencies 
  • international organisations 
  • non-governmental organisations 
  • think tanks 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Security Challenges
  • Cyber Security
  • Risk Management
  • Security Theory 
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Cyber Crime, Insecurity and the Dark Web
  • Policy Making in a world of Catastrophic Risks

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject, such as: 

  • social sciences 
  • economics 
  • history

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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