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MSc in Security Studies

Academic research and policy-making on the causes and consequences of political violence

MSc Security Studies

This programme at a glance

Programme title
MSc in Security Studies
Combines empirical and normative approaches to the causes of political violence, the application of military force, humanitarian intervention, and the provision of global public goods.
12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)

Please see fees tab.

Application deadline

28 July 2017

Programme Director
Dr Julian Wucherpfennig

Programme Introduction

Contemporary academic research and policy-making both focus heavily questions of the causes and consequences of political violence (i.e., domestic and transnational terrorism, civil and international war). Moreover, there is an increasing recognition that a range of problems and dilemmas with a global scope (including global warming, the spread of infectious disease, and widening gaps between the world's rich and poor populations) fundamentally affect human security. The MSc in Security Studies combines empirical and normative approaches to the causes of political violence, the application of military force, humanitarian intervention, and the provision of global public goods. Attention will be placed upon introducing students to skills essential to the analytical study of politics at the transnational level.


By the end of the programme students will:

  • Be familiar with the theoretical approaches and debates in security studies—especially the relationship between International Relations theory, theories of political violence, and public policy making.
  • Be able to offer answers to questions of how domestic, transnational, and international forms of political violence (riots, terrorism, civil war, insurgency, and war) emerge, interact, are managed, and (ultimately) are resolved; these answers will rest upon identifying a role for international institutions, decision-making frameworks, pluralistic political systems, and social movements in the international system.
  • Possess the skills required to collect and use empirical evidence in a selective and systematic way, and to question the explanatory power and reassess the validity of the most authoritative works in political science, particularly in international relations, comparative politics, and public policy.

 The programme is made up of the following elements, to total 180 credits:

1.   You are required to do the following four compulsory modules:

2.   Choose two of the following 15 credit modules (the others remain options to choose in step 3):

3. Choose any two further modules worth 30 credits in total (the following is a list of all courses available within the department):

at the School of Public Policy

Students may take graduate modules from cognate subjects available elsewhere in UCL but must seek approval from the Programme Director in the first instance.

UK/EU students (Full-time) Overseas students (Full-time) UK/EU students (Part-time) Overseas students (Part-time)
MSc Public Policy £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MSc European Public Policy £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MSc International Public Policy £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics
£12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MA Human Rights £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MA Legal and Political Theory £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MSc Global Governance and Ethics £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MSc Security Studies £12,570 £20,540 £6,225 £10,430
MPA Public Administration and Management
£17,190 £24,140 £8,470 £12,020

Please note: Part-time fees are per year. Subsequent years’ fees may be subject to increase. Any annual increase in fees will not exceed 5% per year.

For the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management fees, please visit the EMPA page. The fees for this programme are quoted in US dollars and are set by and payable to NYU Wagner. 

MSc International Public Policy

Entry to all of our programmes is competitive so please apply early to increase your chances of success. This is particularly the case on our larger Masters programmes in Public Policy, International Public Policy, Security Studies and Human Rights. Candidates applying for these programmes are strongly advised to submit applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that all closing dates are final. We are unable to accept any further applications after these dates.

Applications for Masters 2017/18

We are now accepting applications.

Closing date: 28 July 2017

For further details and to apply online:

Applications for the Executive MPA

Applications for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management are managed by NYU Wagner. The deadline is TBC. For more information on the programme and entry requirements, please click here.

Applications for the Doctoral programme

Closing Date: June 2017

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London, WC1H 9QU.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4999,
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 4978,

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