The course has been devised primarily as a one-year full-time programme. It may also be taken over two years on a part-time basis with the part-time students participating in the same classes as the full-time students. For part-time students, the taught modules will be split evenly between the two years.
During the first two semesters, we will teach three mandatory modules designed to establish the core agenda of the programme and two optional modules, in addition to the Research Methods and Research Design modules. In Semester Three, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation. All modules are assigned 20 credits, except the ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Research Design’ modules (10 credits). The dissertation is assigned 60 credits.
The topics included in the course are delivered as interactive and multimedia workshops. They blend case studies, practical illustrations and theoretical analysis. Each session is designed to encourage interaction and debate.
Within all sessions, we draw on our own research experience, which often leads to lively debate in live webinars with academics and peer students. For example, on topics such as: the challenges of migration management in the Mediterranean; the state’s incapacity to protect; international policing interventions; challenging the mafia mystique; and civil society responses to drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. The course team ensures that you have extensive tutorial access to discuss your relationship with the course’s subject matter and your own intellectual development.
We aim to provide a series of specialist workshops, delivered by experienced practitioners including ambassadors, UN weapons inspectors, chief constables, antimafia judges and anti-trafficking and smuggling officers. You will have opportunities to undertake regular field trips to institutions in the UK, such as the Houses of Parliament and Chatham House. We also offer valuable international experiences of diplomatic practice through study trips to, for example, Brussels and Strasbourg, which expose you to the realities of formulating foreign policy. You could also take part in online international learning: participating in live online debates in Italy or presenting with fellow Security students in Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy and Germany.