Conflict and Security – Aston University

The one-year Master’s Degree in Conflict and Security offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme with a focus on conflict and security studies. It offers a comprehensive overview of multilevel governance and international relations related to conflict and security taking into account British and Czech perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, where they study a number of core and optional modules. The second term takes place at Metropolitan University Prague, where they study additional modules and complete a final dissertation. All modules are taught in English.

Learning, Teaching, and Assessments

Students of the programme attend lectures, take part in interactive seminars and simulation exercises, and conduct guided study and individual research. At Aston, they attend events organised by the Politics and International Relations academic subject group, including guest lectures, research seminars, and conferences on contemporary international politics organised by the Aston Centre for Europe. In previous years, students have attended a one week study visit to European institutions in Brussels. At Metropolitan University Prague, students attend regular research events.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their academic study. The assessments take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays, presentations, and policy reports to briefings and campaign portfolios.

Curriculum

ModuleTypePlace of Instruction

International Security

Core

Aston University

Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science

Core

Aston University

Religion and Politics

Optional

Aston University

The Politics of Rogue States

Optional

Aston University

Corruption-Crime-Terror Nexus: Security

Optional

Aston University

Human Security, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Core

Metropolitan University Prague

Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

Core

Metropolitan University Prague

Conflicts in Central, Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet States

Optional

Metropolitan University Prague

Contemporary Analysis of East Asian Security

Optional

Metropolitan University Prague

Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture and its Modern Transformations

Optional

Metropolitan University Prague

Detailed module descriptors will be available at enrolment.

Career Prospects

The Master’s Degree in Conflict and Security equips students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to go on to further postgraduate research at Ph.D. level or to embark upon a successful career in the public or private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly and include:

  • positions in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.)
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks
  • government administration
  • journalism, international marketing or business
  • academia

Contact

At Metropolitan University Prague: Kateřina Krulišová; katerina.krulisova@mup.cz

At Aston University: Lucian Leustean; l.leustean@aston.ac.uk

HOW TO APPLY

Online application

Requirements

Diploma and Diploma Supplement or transcript of records (for prospective graduates) attesting to a 2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent)

Letter of reference

Personal statement (motivation letter) in the extent of 500 words

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.
Find out more about the English language requirements

Application deadline

31 August