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MAGlobal Security

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This challenging course looks at the dynamics of conflict and terrorism and asks complex practical and philosophical questions.

You’ll examine the threat of global terrorism following 9/11 and disputes over military intervention in regions around the world. You will learn how to identify current global security challenges and how they impact on patterns in international relations.

We’ll give you training in research methods. You’ll use those skills to plan, research and write a12,000-word dissertation. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Sheffield has reinvented the way politics is taught in UK universities. And our research has led to real change in the political system.

We’re leading the debates on globalisation, governance, international development, international political economy and public engagement with politics. Our courses give you a strong foundation for a career in the public or private sector.

Sheffield has always been a very respectable first choice for ambitious students. Now we’re taking it to the next level.

Programme structure

Core modules

Contemporary Global Security
Dissertation in Contemporary Global Security

Plus one of the following modules:
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
Research Methods
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research
The Global Politics of the Environment and Climate Change
Wars, New Wars and the Liberal State
Theory and Practice of International Relations

Optional modules

Two optional modules from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States