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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
EUR 17350 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
EUR 17350 per year

All study options

About International Conflict and Security at University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

Understanding the dynamic and complex factors of modern conflict and fashioning effective and legitimate responses to the main contemporary security issues is a major challenge for the international community. The MA in International Conflict and Security at the Brussels School of International Studies is carefully designed to provide the necessary knowledge, as well as analytical and practical skills to meet this challenge. The MA programme is structured to introduce students to the key concepts and theories necessary to understand contemporary international conflicts and security issues.

The aims of the MA in International Conflict and Security are to:

  • Provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those seeking to prepare for careers in fields concerned with international conflicts and those with a general intellectual interest in contemporary security issues.
  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international conflict and war, cooperation, security and peace.
  • Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact in conflict situations.
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of the causes and dynamics of different kinds of contemporary conflict and security threats and the means to manage them.
  • Ensure that students who specialise in regional conflicts acquire an advanced understanding of the historical, cultural, social and institutional context of the area to be studied.
  • Prepare students for various careers in jobs related to international conflict analysis and security issues as well as for career changes in the spirit of lifelong learning.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation.

Programme Structure:

The MA in International Conflict and Security is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 17350 per yearInternational course feesEUR 17350 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 8675 per yearInternational course feesEUR 8765 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study18 months
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 24700 per yearInternational course feesEUR 24700 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 12350 per yearInternational course feesEUR 12350 per year

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in a relevant subject or equivalent. For other international entry requirements, please contact the School.

What students think about University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

    MA International Migration Student

    "I’m enrolled in the MA in International Migration and enjoying studying again in a different environment. I’d previously been working in Paris with Roma migrants, specifically working on a project of access to education for Roma children living in the makeshift camps around Paris. This project was a serious challenge having recently graduated (LLB in Law and European legal studies from Aberdeen in 2014), but it was a fantastic learning experience of hands-on work. Having developed new skills in project management and human rights issues around migration I thought about pursuing my studies further to gain a global understanding on migration issues. 

    I was a little anxious at the idea of hitting the books again, especially from a political science perspective. However, bringing this experience into this Masters has been great and so many of the students have different backgrounds, professionally and academically, which makes interesting discussions!

    Life in Brussels and at BSIS has been great so far. The diversity in this city is amazing, whether at school or outside of it. Being at the heart of the European Union, there’s always something going on. I could definitely get used to this!"

    Lucie Thomas, United Kingdom

    MA International Development Student

    "I am enrolled in the International Development Master. After finishing my Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science, I worked in an international legal NGO based in Spain and at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva as human rights consultant. I chose this Master program because it links my interest fields, human rights, development, and gender. The International Development Master is, without doubt, providing me new views and approaches to the many topics of international development. I am sure that it will strengthen your critical thinking and challenge you in many ways."

    Alazne Irigoien, Spain

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