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Durham Global Security Institute

MSc Programmes

“... I shopped around courses A LOT - but they all seemed too fixed on either one aspect of conflict or they seemed as if they were designed 20 years ago. I wanted a modern approach that was critical yet holistic, one which acknowledged that there was no right answer or right approach to conflict - where the emphasis was more on training students how to think differently and come up with their own solutions than simply giving them solutions... and I found Durham.”

Caitlin Smith, MSc DDD

Durham Global Security Institute offers two interdisciplinary Masters programmes:

All courses are designed to maximise inter-participant interaction. The MScs explore the interface between defence, development and diplomacy, in conflict prevention intervention and post-conflict reconstruction and stabilisation. Straddling war and peace studies, and drawing in (inyernational) politics, law, geography and anthropology, among others, the programmes enable students to study the latest theories, engage with world-class academics and practitioners and gain practical skills through role playing.

Cross-cutting themes include the changing relationship between state, society and international system; the role of law, ethics, culture and communication; the interplay between local and transnational; and the tension between national and human security. The MScs are targeted at professionals from governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, graduates and those wishing to pursue further research.

“It’s a course that was created from scratch that amalgamated elements of international law, security studies, international relations, defence, obviously development and diplomacy and brought them together in a very interesting way.”

Andrea Malouf, MSc DDD