Department of International Politics is world leader in the study of security
in world politics. One of three key non-traditional approaches to Security
Studies bears the name the ‘Aberystwyth School’. This degree scheme offers MA
students a thorough introduction into the Aberystwyth approach, which
emphasizes ethical and political questions related to security, as well as into
all competing approaches. Our particular strengths and research areas are theories of security; new
security issues – especially health, environment, resource strain and the
internet; nuclear proliferation and disarmament; European security and
policing; gender and security and the ethics of security.
further staff specialising in the cognate areas of development, peacebuilding
and post-conflict reconstruction, intelligence and strategic studies as well as
in numerous aspects of international theory, students with specific security-related
interests can build up their own pathway to studying security. Students
interested in the development of a critical awareness of the state of theory
and practice in the field of contemporary security studies are well served by
Dr Kamila Stullerova is the degree scheme coordinator
and you are encouraged to contact her with any queries regarding the MA in
One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.
During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.
Assessment will be through a combination of essays, reports, project work, and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase. Funding:
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
on this degree will develop expertise in contemporary security studies, with
special emphasis on theories and conceptualizations of security and security
threats. This grounding knowledge – introduced in the compulsory core module –
is deepened through optional modules from the security studies basket. Most
students focus on issues of new security agendas (such as health, the critical
infrastructure or environmental stress), the challenges of the nuclear weapons
and the issues of disarmament, the questions of security as related to risk,
resilience and/or global governance, and
on the theoretical and normative aspects of security. Students are encouraged
to explore the inter-relationship between global processes and specific
security dynamics in both the developing and developed world.
to Aberystwyth’s long tradition in the study of security, we have a large
number of academics to advise MA students with their dissertations in this
area. In the past years some of the dissertation topics included: the issues
ecology and security; the security challenges of critical infrastructure;
security and migration; European boundaries as related to security; the
prospects of European security; security and group identity; relations between
the nuclear states; the role of Al-Qaeda as related to the global security
governance; the new security challenges of development work; and the
developments in the theory of world security. We provide expert and structured
guidance on how to develop a dissertation in your area of interest and are very
happy, and able, to advise you also on less conventional topics.
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
Welsh medium modules available
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (20 Credits) Students MUST take the following Degree Scheme Core Module:
Year 1 Options In addition to the Degree Scheme core module and 40 credits from the 'basket' list, students on the Specialist pathway must take an additional 60 credits (3 modules) of modules which may include 1 x 20 credit modules outside the department if desired.
Polisi A Chyunllunio Iaith Yng Nghymru Heddiw GWM9520
International Politics 1: Theories And Concepts (s) IPM0520
Year 1 Core (60 Credits) Students must submit a dissertation on a topic relevant to their degree scheme. Students may submit their dissertation in either Welsh or English. Students wishing to submit their Dissertation in Welsh should register for GWM0060.
If you want to study Security Studies at Masters level
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of Security within a political context
If you wish to nurture a career in politics
If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer
Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the relationship between global processes and specific security dynamics in both the developing and developed world. Topics covered include Securitization Theory, the Copenhagen School, Emancipation, the Ethics of Security, Discourse and Identity, Practices of (In)Security, Feminist Theorizing about Security and the Paris School. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.
Key Skills and Competencies
Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.
Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.
The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.
How to Apply
Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.