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International Politics and Security Studies

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MA
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This course reflects the particular values of Peace Studies at Bradford, with a curriculum that provides a thorough grounding in the theoretical and empirical foundations of the discipline whilst also offering students the opportunity to engage with the core questions of peace and security that animate the research work of lecturers here.

Our research is founded on an understanding that no single discipline on its own is sufficient to comprehend the dynamics of issues as complex as war, world hunger, sustainable development and social justice, or problems as challenging as negotiating our differences in culture and belief.

You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
  • The nature and significance of politics, security and co-operation as global, regional and local activities
  • The origins and evolution of the international political and security system, including contemporary changes

You will also acquire an ability to evaluate different interpretations of world political and security events and issues and to articulate such evaluation at a recognised postgraduate level.


"Everything I'm doing now points towards a career in politics - I've always wanted to do something that's going to have an impact on peoples' lives. The MA is highly important to my future, and I think it has changed me. Before, I found it difficult to write - but I've now got my own Huffington Post blog."

MA International Politics and Security Studies

Entry requirements

  • A good first degree
  • We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Core modules

  • International Politics and Security Studies
  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Regional and Global Security Politics
  • Dissertation project in a topic of your choice (related to International Politics and Security Studies)

Option modules

  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus
  • Introduction to African Politics
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World
  • The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
  • Africa Study Visit
  • African Security Studies
  • Gender, Conflict and Development
  • Natural Resource Governance, Conflict and Co-operation
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
  • East Asia Security Politics
  • Sustainable Tourism Development


Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home / EU: £6,500
  • International: £14,900

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

Student profiles

Hear what our students have to say about the course:

Furqan Naeem says: "Everything I'm doing now points towards a career in politics - I've always wanted to do something that's going to have an impact on peoples' lives. The MA is highly important to my future, and I think it has changed me." Read more from Furqan here.

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.