MA | Postgraduate Taught

Global Security and Borders

Entry year
2019
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
1 years (Full Time)
Places available
12
  • Overview

    Borders have become a 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 in this programme: they are understood 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 prevailing forms of security. This programme aims to help students navigate this complex terrain by providing a firm grounding in critical border studies, offering the chance to apply their academic insights within a work-based environment with borders/security professionals through the Borders Internship module.

    Please Note: due to external international funding deadlines and the limited availability of internships, the closing date for International student applications to this programme is 31st January 2019 at 4pm GMT; for EU and UK students the closing date for applications is 31st March 2019 at 4pm GMT. Applications received after these closing dates will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by these closing dates have been processed.

    Global Security and Borders highlights

    Industry Links

    • 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.
    • This programme has the particular benefit of an Internship module where students will learn to manage their time and acquire transferrable skills in a work-based environment.

    Career Development

    • The chance to apply theoretical insights in the real world through the Borders Internship module where you will also learn key transferrable employability skills. Potential careers emerging from this degree include: local, regional and national Government, policy analysis, border agencies, customs and excise, and research for interest and advocacy NGOs.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • 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.

    Student Experience

    • 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 School's active research environment, including internationally renowned guest speakers, staff seminars and reading groups.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Core ModulesOffer 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:

    HAP7001 - Approaches to Research Design (Semester 1)
    PAI7097 - Borders Internship (double-weighted – 40 CATS) (Semester 2)
    PAI7037 - Global Borders and Security (Semester 1)
    PAI9099 - Dissertation (triple-weighted - 60 CATS)
    Course DetailsThe programme has three different components: Core modules, Elective modules, and an MA dissertation.
    DissertationTo 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.
    Elective ModulesElective modules offer the chance to specialise in a particular area of interest, build on foundational knowledge, and develop focused expertise.

    One elective module is to be chosen from the below in Semester 1:
    PAI7021 – The Politics of Northern Ireland
    PAI7051 – Contemporary Security
    PAI7036 - The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions
    PHL7056 - Global Ethics

    One elective module is to be chosen from the below in Semester 2:
    PAI7007 – Global Terrorism
    PAI7022 – The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
    PAI7027 – Conflict Intervention
    PAI7030 – International Political Economy
    PAI7032 – Gender, Politics and Democracy
    PAI7050 – Ethnic conflict and consensus
    PAI7052 – Inst. And Politics of the EU
    PHL7038 – Philosophy of Conflict and War


    Note that this is not an exclusive list and these options are subject to staff availability.

    People teaching you

    Dr Heather Johnson
    Dr

    School of HAPP

    Dr Katy Hayward
    Reader

    School of SSESW

    Dr Merav Amir
    Lecturer

    Natural and Built Environment

    Professor Cathal McCall
    Professor

    School of HAPP

    Professor David Phinnemore
    Dean of Education, AHSS

    School of HAPP

    Professor Debbie Lisle
    Professor

    School of HAPP
    Email: d.lisle@qub.ac.uk

    Teaching Times

    Afternoon / Evening

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    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.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

    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 per week for 10 weeks, as well as dedicated 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.

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    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Seminar presentations

    Learning journals

    Literature reviews

    Portfolios

    Written essays

    Dissertation 15,000 words (60-credits)

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.

    Further criteria may be applied since placements are limited. This may include ranking applications on the basis of academic performance, a personal statement and/or an interview.

    Please Note: due to external international funding deadlines and the limited availability of internships, the closing date for International student applications to this programme is 31st January 2019 at 4pm GMT; for EU and UK students the closing date for applications is 31st March 2019 at 4pm GMT. Applications received after these closing dates will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by these closing dates have been processed.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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.

    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.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £5,900
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,900
    Other (non-UK) EU £5,900
    International £16,400

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Global Security and Borders costs

    Students will undertake internships located mostly in the Greater Belfast area. Where the internship requires travel outside the Belfast area, the School of HAPP will negotiate with the host institution/provider to cover travel costs.

    How do I fund my study?

    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.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.


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