The University of Birmingham

Global Cooperation and Security

Edgbaston Campus
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Rank: 13 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Edgbaston Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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This programme is designed for students interested in a competitive MSc degree that combines academic and practical training on how to mitigate and eliminate conflict and violence in world politics. We offer research-led teaching at the intersection of International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies, combined with a 5-day training programme in 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation'.This degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations.The programme considers how political communities with different values, cultures, histories, and security conceptions can build trust in a global system.You will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of key global security challenges (e.g. climate change, nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, and intractable conflicts inside and across state borders) and cover debates in International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies.Topics and issues examined include:The Security Dilemma.Face-to-face diplomacy.Peace building, alliances and institutionsEmotions in crises and conflictsThe psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violenceIdentities of religion, gender, and nationalismGame theory: the Prisoner's Dilemma.The risks of nuclear war during the Cold War.US-Iran nuclear relations.The possibilities for avoiding a new Cold War with China.


Entry requirements

For the MSc programme applicants require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose 1st language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS Certificate is required. Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable 1st degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the Msc on satisfactory examination performance.

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IELTS: 7.0 (All over 6.5)

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About this university

International students

The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) is available for all international students attending the university to provide support and advice across a number of areas. These include matters such as visas and immigration, living and working in the UK and workshops for students outside the classroom. They are also available to help with matters such as students bringing families with them and organising social events around the country to make the most of their time in Birmingham. The University of Birmingham Guild of Students is the students union of the university, which has its origins in the guild of undergraduates dating back to the 1870s. It supports some 180 clubs and societies across a range of subjects and interests from sports and arts to volunteering as well as representing students in various ways. The university ranks in the top five in the BUCS league of British universities.

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