Our course was launched by the School of Law and the Department of War Studies in response to the rapidly changing world after the Cold War. We combine the strengths of both departments to provide you with an integrated study of international law and international politics relevant to the contemporary world. This type of study is necessitated by the major changes in international peace and security which have taken place in recent years.
Our MA will give students of international relations, historians and political scientists a deeper knowledge of international law; narrow the existing gap between international lawyers and international relations specialists; and educate people who could work in international organisations (both inter-governmental and non-governmental), in government, or teach international law and politics.
This MA is based in the Department of War Studies, one of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security. War Studies is an interdisciplinary department and all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in such subjects as the history and evolution of war and grand strategy, arms control and non-proliferation, migration, strategic thought, cyber, conflict and the environment, the influence of science and technology on international security, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia (East and South), Russia and elsewhere.
The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:
| Module||Lectures, seminars and feedback ||Self-study |
| Per 40-credit module
Typically 2 hours per week over two 10-week terms. This can be split into 1 lecture + 1 seminar or combinations thereof.
| 360 hours.
| Dissertation module
|| 12 hours of training workshops and supervision.
|| 588 hours for dissertation.
- Most 20 to 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3000-6000 words), oral vivas, and/or exams.
- The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 100% dissertation assignment (up to 15,000 words).
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