International opportunities for students
Semester 1: September-January (University of Glasgow) 30 ECTS
  • International security & strategic studies*
  • Intelligence analysis & policy making
  • European and International Security Studies
  • Research design and methodology
  • Language (optional): Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian (choose one, subject to availability)

*Students who can demonstrate that they have completed a similar module in International Relations or Security Studies at an A grade may be exempted from taking this module and will be required to take one of the following modules instead:

  • Strategy Applied
  • Strategy Theory
  • Comparative Approaches to Warfare and Violent Conflict
  • Research Design
  • Qualitative Methods Analysis of Russian Social Science Text
  • PG Beginner Russian
  • PG Beginner Chinese (Mandarin)
Semester 2: January-August (University of Trento) 30 ECTS
  • Geographies of Security
  • Conflict, Human Rights and Natural Resources
  • Civil Societies and Contentious Politics
  • History and Politics of the Middle East: Conflicts, Ideologies and Democratisation

Individual Options (choice of one from the following):

  • National Security and European Security Law
  • Global Economic Policy
  • Minorities, Regionalism, Borders
  • Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory and Methods
  • People, Politics and the Environment
  • Democratizing Security: Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Uncertainty
  • Science, Technology and Global Affairs

Italian Language (for students with competent Italian language skills you will be required to undertake an academic writing course)

*Please note that applicants to this pathway will have to show competence in 2 languages (not including Italian) at the point of application.

Semester 3: September-February (Charles University Prague) 30ECTS

Students must choose one specialist themed concentration and complete a minimum of four courses (including the core courses).

Students may also choose a fifth course from any of the options offered to make up the required number of credits. (Additional courses may be added to concentrations. All courses are subject to availability and courses which may replicate courses completed in Year 1 may be substituted.)

Language classes are available on a non-credit basis subject to availability.

Concentration A – Strategic Studies

  • Strategic Studies (core)
  • Arms Control & Disarmament
  • Economic Warfare
  • War Studies
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Technology and Warfare

Concentration B – Regional Security

  • Regional Security (core)
  • African Security
  • Asia Security
  • US Grand Strategy
  • Middle East Security

Concentration C – Security & Technology

  • Security and Technology (core)
  • Cyber Security
  • Intelligence
  • Space Security
  • Technology and Warfare
  • Artificial Intelligence and Security
  • Human Artificial Intelligence Needs
  • Sociology of Technology

Concentration D – Conflict Studies

  • Advanced Conflict Studies (core)
  • Ethics and Violence
  • Human Security
  • Peacekeeping and Peace-building
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Radicalisation and De-radicalisation
  • Territorial Non-State Actors
Semester 4: March-August (Independent Study Portfolio) 30 ECTS

During this flexible mobility period you will work under the supervision of your primary supervisor to follow an agreed independent study learning programme. Students are encouraged to stay at the . We encourage students to locate themselves in the location of their primary supervisor’s institution which will count as your official academic home for this period. During this period, all students have to complete their independent study portfolio which includes a dissertation. Depending on your research topic you may be able to spend some time during this mobility period in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Some students will also have the opportunity to undertake a 6-8 week work-based placement linked to their dissertation topic. These are offered by our associate as well as external partners and are available on a competitive basis. (We do not guarantee that all students on the programme will obtain a collaborative work-placement, however, students are welcome to source their own placements to supplement the programme of study).