This programme surveys the new security challenges confronting societies in an era of economic, social and political globalization, and provides a thorough grounding in the academic study of international politics.
Why study this course at Dundee?
This course offers a comprehensive analysis of international and global political issues. It focuses on some of the most contentious areas of international politics, including transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and the re-emergence of Russia as a global political force.
It also provides a thorough grounding in the academic study of international politics, focusing on the theoretical approaches and methods of analysis that constitute the bedrock of any serious postgraduate research in this field.
This course is a pathway on the MLitt in Humanities with Specialisation programme.
What is so good about this course?
While Politics at Dundee is big enough to have a real international presence, it is still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. This is more than a mere claim - independent surveys consistently rate politics at Dundee as among the best-received programmes in the country.
The European Institute for Security and Justice (EISJ), director Prof Christian Kaunert, is a major new initiative which examines the wide range of issues from terrorism and national defence to food, energy and health security.
The EISJ looks to provide a broad understanding and analysis of issues of security and justice, drawing on expertise from disciplines as varied as politics and history to anatomy and pathology.
Who should study this course?
The programme is suitable for students who want a springboard for a career related to international politics or who wish to continue postgraduate study in this subject area.
We offer a lively postgraduate culture, including a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. Students benefit from a range of Generic Skills classes throughout the year.
If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (eg to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
The course is taught via a range of core and optional modules, the typical list is given below.
Optional modules allow students to specialise, a typical choice includes:
- International Security of Drugs & Organised Crime
- Russian Politics & Security
- European Union Security
- The Middle East and Terrorism
- Politics and Security in South Asia
- Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe
- Human Rights in International Relations
- The EU and China in the International Arena
All students must attempt the Politics dissertation.
Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
By assessed coursework, examination and dissertation.
Graduates from the MLitt International Politics and Security have a wide range of career options. The knowledge and research skills gained in this programme would be an excellent basis for working in government, political parties, or the civil service.
The focus of the programme on global issues and affairs provide a strong basis for pursuing a career in international political contexts, such as the European Union or the United Nations.
Alternatively, the programme can be a stepping stone for work in civil society, such as charities, environmental organizations or other international non-profit organizations.
Graduates can also put their communication, research and analytical skills to work in a range of careers in the public or private sectors, including education, finance or the media.
The Masters programme is an excellent basis for undertaking further postgraduate study in International Politics, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: Normally an upper second class first degree in Politics, International Relations, International Studies, or a cognate discipline; non-standard entry requirements may be accepted in special cases by the programme convener with the approval of the Politics Research Committee.
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
English Language Requirement
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2015/16|
|Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students||£4,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Dr Sarah Leonard
School of Humanities
+44 (0)1382 384594