The programme is designed to provide students with an integrated understanding of science and politics. This involves developing an understanding of the science underlying key weapons systems and technologies, the main concepts and tools of international politics and security studies, and the process by which scientists and policymakers can interact productively in the policy process. The goal is to equip students to analyse the impact of current and future scientific developments on security.
Students will have the opportunity to build on the compulsory modules in Science and Security to focus on aspects of the historical and contemporary international security environment through optional modules and a dissertation on an approved topic.
The programme is designed for those who wish to work at the interface of science and security policy. It will be of specific interest to: students with a 'hard science' background who also have an interest in security issues; students of politics, history, international relations and strategic studies; those with practical experience in the scientific field who may wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of their experience or who may wish to make a career change from research to a policy-oriented field; and professionals in areas such as defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs who work on issues where science and technology set limits and offer opportunities to the policy maker.