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Conflict, Security & Development MA

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The MA Conflict, Security & Development explores the conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding security and development in the wider context of contemporary warfare and international security. It provides an analytical and empirically informed treatment of the linkages between issues of security and development in contemporary international relations. Development and security are inextricably linked, yet all too often both academics and policymakers address them separately. Our MA in Conflict, Security & Development is a unique globally recognised course that brings together these interrelated areas of study, acknowledging that conflict, insecurity and underdevelopment interact in dynamic ways and that a full understanding of them requires a holistic approach.

Key benefits

  • Exposure to a variety of complex transnational issues, taking a multidisciplinary approach to some of the key questions facing policymakers and scholars today, including the relationship between poverty, inequality and war; state fragility and peacebuilding; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration after civil wars, amongst others.
  • Enhances your analytical, research and critical thinking skills, providing you with detailed practical knowledge of conflict, security and development around the world.
  • Strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research and helps to prepare you to become a leader in the public and private sectors, government or academia.
  • Develop communication skills by presenting and disseminating research and analysis in written and oral forms to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.
  • Core teaching staff are highly engaged with the policy world, bringing field-grounded analysis directly into the classroom.
  • Students on our MA courses have gone on to build stellar careers in academic research, the UN, the EU, NGOs, the civil service, NATO, think tanks, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, risk consultancy, and the armed forces.
Tom

My Master’s degree is invaluable to my work.  It provided me with an excellent theoretical understanding of the causes of conflict and instability, especially in relation to recent post-Cold War events. 

Tom, Alumni

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Employability

Students on our MA courses have gone on to build stellar careers in academic research, the UN, the EU, NGOs, the civil service, NATO, think tanks, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, risk consultancy, and the armed forces. Even after graduating, CSD alumni also maintain a dynamic community on LinkedIn and Facebook, providing guidance and introductions to new job opportunities across a range of fields. Recent graduates have even gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes and to sit on the US National Security Council.

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Employability

Students on our MA courses have gone on to build stellar careers in academic research, the UN, the EU, NGOs, the civil service, NATO, think tanks, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, risk consultancy, and the armed forces. Even after graduating, CSD alumni also maintain a dynamic community on LinkedIn and Facebook, providing guidance and introductions to new job opportunities across a range of fields. Recent graduates have even gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes and to sit on the US National Security Council.

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