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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc Global Security Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Global Security Studies Programme codePTS1HPSHPS09
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc in Global Security Studies draws on the strengths of our Department of Social and Political Sciences (SPSPA), particularly within security, strategy, global politics, and international relations.

The programme provides a broad-based training in major theories of global security combined with a strong grounding in acquiring skills to analyse contemporary challenges and opportunities. It will allow you to focus on particular issues and areas and to develop your knowledge and skills for future careers in security and strategy, including within governmental and non-governmental organisations at the domestic and international levels.

 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

 

  • Academic scope: three core modules: the first on contemporary challenges and opportunities in global security; a second core ‘capstone’ module; and a third being a dissertation module. Optional modules include the rich range of pre-existing SPSPA security-related modules, as well as other region-specific, international relations, and global governance modules. Thus, the optional modules are already resourced. The capstone is envisaged to take the format of an intensive 3-day practice-focused module with a number of preparation sessions in advance of the block delivery, which could be co-delivered with a practitioner.
  • Learning and teaching methods: seminars, and anything else used by option module convenors.
  • Learning environment: the Strategy and Security Institute.
  • Distinctive intentions: this programme aims to provide you with:
    • Deep understanding of the causes and consequences of threats to global security;
    • Awareness of the range of possible policy responses to ameliorate such threats;
    • Transferrable skills of use in a security policy or other professional career.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc in Global Security Studies is a one-year programme of study or two-year part-time programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme has one ‘Stage’. For the purposes of this programme, a Stage is normally equivalent to a calendar year.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules, which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. You will take modules adding up to 180 credits. This will include taught modules totalling 120 credits and a 60-credit independent study dissertation module.

The programme starts in the autumn term. It is delivered over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. Taught components of the programme are delivered over the first (autumn) and second (spring) terms. The third term and most of the summer are dedicated to researching, writing and submitting your dissertation.

Interim / Exit  Awards

PGCert or PGDip if sufficient credit obtained, but insufficient for award of the MSc. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The MSc in Global Security Studies is a one-year programme of study or two-year part-time programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme has one ‘Stage’. For the purposes of this programme, a Stage is normally equivalent to a calendar year.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules, which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. You will take modules adding up to 180 credits. This will include taught modules totalling 120 credits and a 60-credit independent study dissertation module.

The programme starts in the autumn term. It is delivered over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. Taught components of the programme are delivered over the first (autumn) and second (spring) terms. The third term and most of the summer are dedicated to researching, writing and submitting your dissertation. 

Interim / Exit  Awards

PGCert or PGDip if sufficient credit obtained, but insufficient for award of the MSc. 

Stage 1


Stage 1: 120 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website:

https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/postgraduatemodules/2022-23/

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in Stage 1 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows, and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Note that such an elective would count among the credits of optional modules; it is not possible to replace a core module with an elective.

POLM022 will provide an overview of central concepts and issues in global security analysis and policy. POLM023 (the ‘capstone’) will provide a concentrated, three-day, practice-focused immersion in the skills necessary to analyse and respond to issues in real-world security policy. POLM866 is the individual research dissertation on a topic of students’ choosing that all students enrolled on taught postgraduate Politics degrees at the University complete.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLM022 Challenges and Opportunities in Global Security 30Yes
POLM023 Capstone in Global Security Studies 30Yes
POLM886 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MSc Global Security Studies option modules 2023-4
POLM024 Security, Society, and Algorithms 30 No
POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30 No
POLM084 Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics 30 No
POLM088 State-building after Civil War 30 No
POLM156 The Transformation of Politics in the Global Age 30 No
POLM167 Global Governance: Institutions and Challenges 30 No
POLM168 From Oppression to Resistance: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class and Gender 30 No
POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30 No
POLM503 Foreign Policy Decision-Making 30 No
POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. 1. Understand key threats and opportunities in global security
2. 2. Infer and explain the causes and consequences of such threats and
3. 3. Recommend policies to ameliorate such challenges and exploit such opportunities

Specialised subject skills and knowledge (1-3) are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment, and summative assessment.

Specialised subject skills and knowledge (1-3) are assessed through essays; seen or unseen examinations; open/closed book examinations; and other formative and summative assessments of various types (possibly including assessed presentations if module convenors deem it feasible in a given year), depending on the modules selected for study.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. 4. Conduct independent scholarly and policy-analytical research at postgraduate level in the disciplines of political science and strategic studies
5. 5. Form, articulate, and defend academic and policy-analytical arguments in the disciplines of political science and strategic studies

Academic discipline core skills and knowledge (4-5) are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment, and summative assessment.

Academic discipline core skills and knowledge (4-5) are assessed through essays; seen or unseen examinations; open/closed book examinations; and other formative and summative assessments of various types (possibly including assessed presentations if module convenors deem it feasible in a given year), depending on the modules selected for study.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. 6. Prepare reasoned and evidenced written analyses under time pressure
7. 7. Collaborate in groups to deliver against given tasks to a professional standard
8. 8. Articulate independent arguments in group settings

Personal/transferable/employment skills and knowledge (6-8) are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment, and summative assessment.

Personal/transferable/employment skills and knowledge (6-8) are assessed through essays; seen or unseen examinations; open/closed book examinations; and other formative and summative assessments of various types (possibly including assessed presentations if module convenors deem it feasible in a given year), depending on the modules selected for study.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all departments should have in place a system of academic personal tutors. Their role is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of your programme, and this support extends to signposting you to sources of support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. The role of subject tutors is to support you with your studies in individual modules.

Information on the Faculty Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to Faculty support services can be found on the Faculty webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.The programme also includes standard Politics PGT student resources, including University Library access and modular ELE pages, as well as access to University Library computers and printers; access to Strategy and Security Institute (Knightley Building) printers.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MSc Global Security Studies

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

14/03/2023

Date of last revision

24/08/2023