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Defence & Diplomacy


The Defence & Diplomacy research theme brings together a wide variety of scholars who study diplomacy in its different manifestations, international security cooperation and/or defence policies at the national and international level. In other words, this research theme covers all research on the security and defence relations – short of war – between international actors. It functions as an inclusive hub for collaborative research projects, fruitful knowledge exchange and mentor support amongst PhD students, early career researchers and senior academics working on Defence & Diplomacy.

The theme members examine relevant historical and contemporary issues from national, bilateral, minilateral and multilateral perspectives. Some of the most prominent research projects at the School of Security Studies include work on British defence and security policy, European security, transatlantic relations, defence economics, arms control negotiations, diplomatic knowledge production and analysis, Cold War history and international organizations such as the EU, NATO, the UN Security Council and the WEU. 


Associated Programmes

The International Affairs MA/PG Dip/PG Cert is a ground-breaking new course that combines international relations, military history, strategic studies and regional security studies to educate students in the fundamental issues surrounding international security and conflict politics.

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Our unique National Security Studies MA is designed to bring together UK security policy practitioners, representatives from the private sector and policy-interested postgraduate students.

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Our International Relations MA is an opportunity to explore in depth, amongst others, the topics of globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the contending perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory.

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Research in the Defence Studies Department (DSD) is reflective of the diverse interests of our staff members and postgraduate students. It covers military, naval, diplomatic and imperial history, international relations, defence and regional security policy studies, strategic studies, and the ethics of conflict.

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A comprehensive programme of individual research training is offered to ensure that students develop the skills necessary to complete their research programme and fulfil their career goals.

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