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Postgraduate Taught

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics prides itself on providing an exceptional education experience in an exceptional city.  We are proud to offer a range of taught postgraduate degree programmes, all driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and human beings.

Hear what Jessica Simonds' has to say about her journey studying from a BA International Politics and Conflict Studies to an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security and now studying for a PhD International Studies.

Picture of Fence - Portraying Global Security


Enrollment for this programme has closed for 2018/2019

This examines the significance of global borders with respect to contemporary security issues. It provides students with a solid grounding in Critical Security Studies and Border Studies, and compliments academic study with a dedicated borders internship at sites such as international airports, customs, government institutions and NGOs.

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Inspired by the political vitality of Belfast - an ideal location to study politics - this programme is renowned for its excellence across Ireland,the UK, the EU & beyond

Our MA in Politics draws on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School to provide a programme which builds on core political analysis to allow you to tailor your academic module selection to suit individual expectations and interests

MA Politics

Violence Terrorism and Security

With the rise of groups like ISIS & the legacies of 9/11 & al-Qaeda, the study of Violence, Terrorism & Security is at forefront of academic, policy-making, media & popular debate.

This programme provides dynamic and critical study in Violence, Terrorism and Security. Its aim is to help students develop a critical and analytical approach to problems in 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 current era.

MA Violence, Terrorism & Security

International Relations

Dealing with the nature of changing relations between states and non-state actors and studying the functioning of the international system.

This programme will equip you with the tools to examine, explain and understand the issues, topics and processes that make up our world: from security and terrorism, migration and mobility, to global financial crises.

Entry Criteria

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics normally requires applicants for MA programmes to have a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in any subject with relevant professional experience.

In line with University Regulations there is a language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English (IELTS 6.5 or approved equivalent.)

Application Deadlines

Applications for programmes are still being accepted subject to places being available. Please apply through the admissions portal and the admissions team will contact you as soon as possible. It should be noted that applications from international students may not be accepted after 31 August 2019, to enable sufficient time for all related documentation to be processed.

To apply for any of our postgraduate courses, you should submit an online application.


If you would like any further information on the content of any of our postgraduate taught programmes, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant programme convenor.

International Relations Dr Debbie Lisle

Global Security and Borders

To hear what our students have to say about this programme please click here

Dr Debbie Lisle
Legislative Studies and Practice Dr Elodie Fabre
Politics Dr Viviane Gravey
Public Policy Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh
Violence, Terrorism and Security Dr Andrew Thomson
Politics, Philosophy and Economics Dr Chris Raymond


For all other enquiries on the application process, please email .