MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights
Full time 1 year|
Part time 2 years
This interdisciplinary programme examines the latest critical thinking and the key issues surrounding the field of security studies; exploring new ways to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice. It recognises that traditional approaches to this subject must now be complemented with new perspectives on issues such as human (in)security, domestic security and violence. Units contributing to this programme will draw on sociological and socio-legal research on topics that include: human rights, gender, violence and ethnopolitics; area studies’ expertise on language, culture and practice; and political and legal research on sovereignty, institutions and intervention and how these fields affect elements of security, conflict and human rights.
The MRes in Security, Conflict and Human Rights will equip you with interdisciplinary skills which will have an impact on the research, policy and practice needed to avoid and mitigate security risks. The programme is designed to provide research training for students who will progress to a PhD and for those who want to pursue careers with a significant research element.
This programme has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre.
The Programme Director is Dr David Lewis
This programme comprises 180 credits in total. The dissertation is an opportunity to take a closer look at an issue of your choice. We’ll provide support to help you research an area, which really appeals to you.
Optional modules (45 credits)
You then select 45 credits of optional modules from a number of subjects within the College. Your choice of specialist modules depends on your anticipated research area and will be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director.
Lists of modules can be found here:
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Learning and teaching
With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments.
Work on formulating a dissertation topic begins early in the academic year and you will have an individual supervisor for your dissertation.
For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a social science subject e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, Arab and Islamic Studies, Law or History.
However, the programme has been designed for students from a wide range of first degree backgrounds, enabling them to broaden their knowledge in this field. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time
- International: £18,000 full-time
The funding section has information on all available Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.
Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.
University of Exeter
Phone: 01392 723301
Postgraduate Taught admissions
For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:
SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
Web: Enquire online