International Security

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.15 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 1, 2024
80 place StudyQA ranking:3396 Duration:12 months

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International Security, a track of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context. Traditionally, attention for warfare and political violence, i.e. military security, has dominated the study of International Security. They still form the central issues. But especially after the Cold War other concerns occupy the agenda, such as environmental security (about climate change or industrial hazards), societal security (about group identities) and economic security (about welfare and development). These different types of concerns have their own meaning when studying the causes of violent conflict, its prevention and management, and conflict resolution and reconciliation. Methodologically, the study of International Security has profited from the so-called constructivist turn in International Relations. In addition to traditional analyses new approaches have emerged, most notably Critical Security Studies, the Copenhagen School, and the Risk Society approach.

Instruction modes

case study, colloquium, internship, research, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project, seminar

Accreditation: NVAO, NVAO

Erasmus Mundus program: This is an Erasmus Mundus program.

Admission requirements

The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 86 (with a minimum of 20 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

Other requirements

  1. taaltoets cijfer The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 86 (with a minimum of 20 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.
  2. vooropleiding (ISPAC: vereiste vooropleiding) Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply. Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained. The Admissions Board will then determine whether: * direct admission is possible * a student has to complete the pre-Master's programme first: http://www.rug.nl/let/premaster-IR * a student cannot be admitted

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