M.Sc. On Campus

International Relations (Security Studies)

Canterbury Christ Church University

12 months
14500 GBP/year
8250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in International Relations (Security Studies) from Canterbury Christ Church University will help you tackle the ‘big issues’ in international politics with confidence and curiosity, equipping you for career paths in local, national, and international arenas thanks to innovative modules and a ‘calling card’ thesis.


On the International Relations (Security Studies) course from Canterbury Christ Church University you will be initiated to the fundamental principles of global interaction, and refine your knowledge within specialist classes. You will learn in a systematic and engaging way about the origins, evolution and multifaceted character of the international political system. 

The Security Studies specialism provides specialist insights on power, influence and governance within key national, regional and international structures. Graduates are well placed to specialise in careers connected to key areas of international relations, enhanced with expertise in security.

All about the course

Through a combination of core and specialist modules, the MSc in International Relations is constructed around a series of modules that will help you analyse the multifaceted origins, evolution and conflictual development of the international political system. 

You will explore the analytical application of a range of the core theories and contemporary concepts that make up the canon of International Relations. You will also interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of ideologies, political, economic and socio-cultural philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance across in order to better understand the global political system. 

Modules on International Relations (as well as the Security Studies specialism) are comprised of formal lectures on key themes of IR, security and globalisation, and interactive seminars that explore global actors, structures, and policies, making use of a robust range of teaching and learning styles to deconstruct this complex and fast changing subject area. 

Your future career

An MSc in International Relations will provide you with an exceptionally wide knowledge base, allowing you to command both the organising principles and nuanced specifics of the contemporary regional, international and global structure. 

This innovative, relevant and marketable degree will ensure you with a refined understanding of international relations as a whole, as well as the role and application of your Security Studies specialism. 

Further transversal graduate skills obtained include comparative, analytical, research and writing based tools facilitated by the curriculum requirements, as well as the opportunities to fine tune skills in oral presentation, group work and sustained individual research. 

Students graduating from our MSc degrees in Politics and International Relations have gone on to work in the diplomatic service, for non-governmental organisations, in the civil service, and in the private sector. 

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Research Methods: Advanced Research Methodology
  • Advanced Principles of International Relations
  • Critical Issues in Politics and International Relations: Shifting Perspectives
  • Contemporary Security (Specialised Module 1)
  • Security in the Digital Age (Specialised Module 2)
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Our standard offer is a 2:2 or above, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences. This can include previous study in the area of international relations, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. 
  • This is in addition to two letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV.
  • Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly:
  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    8250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


UK:  £4,125/year

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 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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