CSSS offers the MA in Science and Security and a variety of other relevant MA optional modules, including ‘Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism’ and ‘Armchair Intelligence: Open Sources and Online Investigation.’ Our teaching focuses on developing multi-disciplinary approaches and critical skills for the analysis of policy problems and dilemmas. It emphasises active student learning through the use of case- studies, simulations, and discussion seminars. When possible, the Centre offers internships on current research projects; students are also encouraged to apply for internships at other London-based institutions working in the field, such as the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), Chatham House and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
CSSS staff offer a variety of specialised optional modules to students on War Studies BA and MA programmes. These modules focus on topics such as arms control; deterrence; open-source intelligence; non-proliferation; the science and security of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and weapons of mass destruction in international politics. Issues such as emerging technologies and climate change are also addressed. A new module, Hacking for Defence, emphasises ‘learning by doing’ as students form groups of teams that engage directly with complex, real world problems proposed by UK government sponsors. (Please note that, due to staff availability, not all modules are offered every year.)
Our modules emphasise active student learning through different kinds of teaching (for example, lectures, student discussion, simulations, document analysis, and case studies) as well as different kinds of assessments (e.g. policy memos, research papers, critical reading journals, take-home exams). This helps to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills students will need in the professional world.