- You’ll examine the latest critical thinking and key issues surrounding the field of security studies and explore new ways to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice
- We draw upon sociological and socio-legal research including human rights, violence and ethnopolitics, culture and practice, and political and legal research on sovereignty, institutions and interventions
- Forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership and funding may be available for UK/EU students embarking on the programme and wishing to work towards a PhD
- Our seminar series and highly successful annual postgraduate conference brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines
Research Excellent Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 3* and 4*
11th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020Top 100 worldwide for the subject in the QS World University Rankings 2020
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.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
We recognise 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.
We 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 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.
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
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.
Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines.
Dr David Lewis
Dr David Lewis
David teaches and researches on international relations and peace and conflict studies, with an additional strand of research focusing on the politics of authoritarian states. In regional terms, most of his research has explored post-Soviet politics, notably in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is currently (2019-2021) on part-time secondment as an ESRC-AHRC UK FCO Fellow at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Head of Department of Politics
Duncan Russel is a Professor in Environmental Policy. His research and teaching interests include UK and European climate, climate and public policy, policy appraisal and coordination, evidence and policy interactions and budgetary politics.
The MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights is a training programme designed to equip you with the research skills necessary to progress to a doctoral research degree, or to embark upon on a career as a political researcher.
Employer valued skills
- Advanced independent thinking
- Experience of working as an individual on challenging material
- The ability to reflect on your learning, evaluate personal strengths and weakness, and map out a plan of personal development based on those reflections
- Experience of working as a participant and/or leader of a group, and of contributing effectively to the planning and achievement of that group’s objectives
- Experience of giving presentations to others in your field
- The ability to construct a rigorous argument, and defend that argument citing relevant sources, both in written form and orally
The Exeter University careers advisory service offer expert guidance to all students and will help you plan your future through activities such as psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.