The Convenor for this degree is Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards who can be contacted for further information.
Further details on the MA VTS degree programme, along with information on other MA courses related to the theme of Conflict and Conflict Transformation are available here.
This programme provides dynamic and critical study in Violence, Terrorism and International Security. Its aim is to help students develop a critical and analytical approach to problems in history and the contemporary world of these three areas.
It challenges accepted wisdom and opens up the debate about the role of violence in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Six taught modules, plus a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
Students will take:
Violence, Terrorism and Security
Approaches to Research Design
Plus one module from the following:
International Political Economy
International Political Philosophy
Ireland and Europe
Issues in European Governance
Politics of the Republic of Ireland
Some recent MA VTS dissertation topics have included:
Assessment method on the modules: Continuous assessment and examination
Normally these degrees are self-funded. Any School bursaries and other scholarship competitions are advertised on the School website.
It is also possible to study for a PG Diploma in each of the areas covered by the MA and the PG Diploma is constructed around the coursework elements of the MA.On successful completion of the coursework,it is possible to complete the dissertation for an award of MA
Opportunities for Careers
This programme provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of current violence, security and terrorism related issues for those at any stage of their career.
Our graduates now serve in the most Senior ranks of a number of National Police Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies, Border and Immigration Control, National Armed Forces including the US Army, US Air Force, British Army and Irish Defence Forces. Our graduates also now serve in as senior government policy advisors, work in international NGOs in diverse parts of the globe including major conflict zones and the media.
Successfully completing the MA can enhance students’ opportunities for career advancement by developing their knowledge and skills, including the independent research skills required for the dissertation which can be professionally related if necessary.
The MA also provides the research skills and knowledge to carry out a PhD to pursue, as a number of our graduates have done, an academic career.
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy requires applicants for MA programme to have a 2:1 (or equivalent) honours degree at undergraduate level in, as appropriate, Politics, European Studies, International Studies, Philosophy or a relevant subject area.
Those applicants with a high 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent recognised qualification, including professional) may be admitted if they have evidence of relevant professional experience. Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma normally requires a high 2:2 (58%) honours degree at undergraduate level. Diploma applicants who do not hold a high 2:2 at undergraduate level, may - at the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor - be considered for admission on the basis of relevant post-graduation work experience and/or an assessed piece of written work.
For further information on how to apply for any of our postgraduate taught courses please read the Prospective Student Information at the following link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ProspectiveStudents/
Additional Information for International Students
Duration 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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