International Relations Conflict and Security MA 18 months

Northumbria University

Program Overview

Global Pandemics, climate change, international terrorism are just some of today’s threats. Help to influence change with an international Relations Master’s.

What is an international relations master’s degree?

Northumbria’s International Relations Conflict and Security master’s gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to international conflict, across different countries and nations, focussing on the relationship between international and national interests.


Our course will allow you to investigate key developments in international conflict and security, the responses to them and analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability as a policy challenge. You will study different types of war and conflict, including inter-state war, intra-state wars (ethnic or civil conflict, independence movements, new wars and complex emergencies), international terrorism; as well as political, institutional and legal tools and frameworks to address them.


Do I need a degree in international relations to do a Master’s?

Our Master's program is open to students from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines.


What can I do with an MA international relations degree?

Our MA will prepare you for careers in areas such political/policy analysts, programme/development officers, consultants, risk analysts, advocacy/outreach officers, and journalists. As well as to management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, the development sector, media, academia, and the military/private security providers.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,000


IELTS: 6.5

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Modules and Learning

What will I learn on an international relation Master’s course?

Our MA programme has four core modules and an independent guided piece of research in the form of a dissertation.

Core modules:


  • International law and global justice (30 credits)
  • Contemporary challenges in conflict, war and security (30 credits)
  • Theorising conflict, war and security (30 credits)
  • International security governance (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject, or equivalent.


International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. 


English language requirements:


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,950


Full EU Fee: £16,500


Full International Fee: £16,500

Your Career

Is International Relations a good career?

Our MA International Relations, Conflict and Security is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical and professional development. You will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will enable you to work in a range of conflict and security analysis related contexts.


You will be particularly suited to careers in areas such as banking and accountancy services, local and national governments, non-government organisations (NGO’s), multi-lateral and intergovernmental organisations. Roles include, diplomat, consultant, civil servant, political affairs officer, economists, journalist, public relations or media relations manager, amongst others.

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