All DGSI courses are:
- custom-designed for and by DGSI, ensuring focus and coherence;
- paradigm-challenging, integrating war & defence, peace & diplomacy and development studies;
- inter-disciplinary, spanning (international) politics, law, geography, anthropology, archaeology, sociology and theology;
- inter-agency, integrating academics and practitioners from across government, civil society and international institutions.
All courses are designed to maximise inter-participant interaction. Students taking either of the MSc's will share three core modules while their optional modules consist of Professional Development courses, which are open to practitioners who are not on the MSc programmes, thus enhancing participants' opportunities for networking and learning from other practitioners' experiences. Lectures and seminars will be given by both Durham and external worldleading experts. For professionals taking the MSc programmes, the dissertation element can take the form of an in-depth policy document.
The MSc programmes are designed for multiple audiences, from graduates seeking a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia, to seasoned practitioners seeking career advancement, an opportunity to retrain, or a chance to reflect on their experience and place it within a broader historical, comparative, or theoretical framework. The Professional Development courses are targeted specifically at mid- to senior-career practitioners seeking training in a specialist field, topic or set of skills.
Students leaving Durham University are amongst the most employable in the world. Because courses are both research-led and skills focused, delivered by some of the world's leading scholars, and uniquely designed to allow defence, development and diplomacy perspectives to challenge each other, students can expect an unrivalled Masters education which will give them a solid foundation for their future careers, whether they are recent graduates or mid-career practitioners.