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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

As the distinctions between civil wars, terrorism, warlord conflict and conventional war have blurred, the corresponding interventions - humanitarian, regional, international and imperial - have been the subject of considerable academic debate and political controversy. Simultaneously, geopolitical rivalries among global powers and the threat of violence and war between states continue to shape international security. Our approach works across disciplines, incorporating political, theoretical, historical, sociological and public policy approaches to produce comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary political controversies.

Core modules will examine the changing nature of war, violence and security, and their relationship with state and society. They provide a historical understanding of the evolution of global military, humanitarian and governance institutions and the ideas that shaped them.

You then choose two option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, war and conflict, nationalism and religion, and international political economy. The culmination of the International Security and Global Governance degree at Birkbeck, University of London is applying the concepts and methods you have learnt to write a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go in to careers in international organisations, policy research, journalism, economic and political forecasting, campaigning organisations, local and national government, the diplomatic service, and private sector management. Possible professions include journalist, Civil Service fast streamer, politician’s assistant, or Diplomatic Services operational officer. This degree can be useful in becoming a social researcher or human resources officer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Politics, Governance and Security
  • War, Politics and Society
  • Dissertation MSc International Security and Global Governance

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details:

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    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      180 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    • More information Go to the programme website

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • Minimum required score:

      6.5

      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Lower Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • A second-class honours degree in a related area or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview).
    • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. 
    • We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
    • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15200 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      8350 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    Living costs for London

    • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
      Living Costs

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

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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