12 months
17350 GBP/year
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All programmes of study will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. Face to face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with. Please visit our website for more information. The MA in International Security and Development programme is offered by Swansea University.

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The MA in International Security and Development programme at Swansea University introduces you to the major issues and critical debates within a profoundly serious field. 

Security, violence and conflict are now central to international politics and development policy discourse. Understanding the modern world demands a full appreciation of conflict and violence.

In this course you explore coverage of ‘traditional’ security issues such as war and conflict, in addition to ‘non-traditional’ issues such as economic security, environmental security, health and migration.

Capitalising on departmental expertise in security, you will receive an advanced introduction to the main approaches in the study of security. 

These approaches cover realism, securitization theory, feminist approaches, critical theory and poststructuralism.

You will study four compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further two optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the course.

The compulsory modules are: human rights, humanitarian Intervention and global justice; critical security studies; and violence, conflict and development.

A wide selection of optional modules span from war, technology and culture to the policy making process, and from rethinking global governance to democracy and constitutional design.

Career opportunities

You will develop a depth of knowledge around international security and development, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.

Graduates of the MA in International Security and Development programme at Swansea University  go on to careers in UN organisations, government and politics, humanitarian organisations, media and PR.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • The Policy Making Process

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applicants are encouraged to apply by 31 July for entry in September, to ensure that vacancies are still available.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class
First Class (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in any background, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time (2 years) fees:

  • UK&EU students: £ 3,950
  • International students: £ 8,700
Part-time (3 years) fees:
  • UK&EU students: £ 2,600
  • International students: £ 5,800


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