Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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Speaker - Dr Debbie Lisle, Programme Director
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.
The programme has three different components: Core modules, an Elective module, and an MA dissertation.
(1) Core Modules: offer foundational knowledge and understanding in Global Security and Borders, practical experience and active learning within a work-based situation on the Borders Internship module, as well as teaching the key skills regarding how to design a research project.
These compulsory modules include:
- Approaches to Research Design
- Borders Internship (double-weighted – 40 CATS)
- Contemporary Security
- Global Security and Borders
(2) Elective Modules: offer the chance to specialise in a particular area of interest, build on foundational knowledge, and develop focused expertise.
One module is to be chosen from:
- Carbon Literacy for a Low Carbon Society and Economy
- Conflict Intervention
- Ethnic Conflict and Consensus: The Power of Institutions
- Gender, Politics and Democracy
- Global Terrorism
- Institutions and Politics of the EU
- International Political Economy
- Philosophy of Conflict and War
- The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
* This list of elective modules may vary from year to year.
(3) Dissertation: to enable students to develop their particular area of specialism, facilitate independent learning and instil a variety of skills such as project management, detailed analysis and self-motivation, students on the MA pathway must also write a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
Assessment & Feedback
A combination of seminar presentations, learning journals, literature reviews, portfolios, written essays, and a 60-credit, 15,000 word dissertation.
Learning and Teaching
Afternoon and Evening.
Average of six hours contact teaching hours per week for the first semester. In the second semester, as well as two hours contact on an Elective module, the Borders Internship module will involve three days of a work-based placement, as well as supervision with a member of academic staff.
Students should expect to spend 10-12 hours of independent study for every two hours in seminars and lectures, spread across the course of the semester. However, the second semester Borders Internship involves a more complex mix of work-based learning and supervision.
MA: normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.
Shortlisted applicants for the programme will be interviewed by a panel comprising the Programme Convenor and one or more other members of the School's academic staff.
Closing date for applications to this course is 4pm on Wednesday 14th June, 2017.
International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Debbie Lisle
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Tel: 9097 3853
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
All of the MA programmes offered in the School provide our graduates with the skills to pursue a wide range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. In addition they provide an appropriate basis for those who wish to proceed to Doctoral-level study.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Normally these degrees are self-funded. If there are any School bursaries, they will be advertised on the School website.
For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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