Borders have become the key site and central concern of global security practices and theory, from the Mexican-United States border to the Mediterranean ports of the EU. The many facets of borders are introduced and analysed, as containers of identity, sites of power, and points of weakness where the mobility of people (eg terrorists, migrants) and things (eg drugs, weapons) can disrupt security, borders have never been more important. This programme aims to help students navigate this complex terrain from a firm grounding in critical security studies, offering the chance to apply their academic insights within a work-based environment with borders/security professionals through the Borders Internship module.
A unique opportunity, not offered anywhere else in the UK or Ireland, to study the crucial interaction of global security practices and borders as sites of power, identity and politics.
The chance to apply theoretical insights in the real world through the Borders Internship module where you will also learn key transferrable employability skills.
Research-led teaching by world leading experts who have been awarded grants by UK and EU funding bodies to undertake research on the interaction of borders and security.
The School's active research environment, including internationally renowned guest speakers, staff seminars and reading groups.
The opportunity to feed in to contemporary policy debates both directly with professionals through the Internship as well as debating with staff who advise governments and security sector actors.
It is also possible to study for a PG Diploma in each of the areas covered by the MA programmes. The Diploma is constructed around the coursework elements of the MA programmes with no dissertation required. On successful completion of the coursework, however, it is possible to complete the dissertation for an award of MA.