Study current, real-world events of international significance and importantance
Gain the transferable knowledge and skills desired by employers both within the security sector and further afield
Learn from a team of academics who are recognised, published experts in their fields and whose teaching is informed by their own research expertise
This course addresses the nature of threats to security, how states seek to manage and neutralise those threats, and how security is situated within the wider practice and theory of international politics. You will study theories of international politics alongside developments in security, and international institutions such as NATO, across the 20th century and up to the present day.
The range of optional modules is wider than at other universities, covering security, intelligence studies, terrorism studies, military and international history, and international politics. You can choose to study modules from the University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) as part of this course, and will have the opportunity to spend up to one year in a university outside of the UK on a study abroad exchange placement, as well as the opportunity to undertake a work placement. There is an emphasis on developing key skills for employability, including through access to the WORDSCOPE programme and the Salford Advantage scheme.
With recent developments in Crimea, the al-Qaeda led attacks of 11 September 2001, and the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden’s leak of classified intelligence material, there has never been a more important time to study International Politics and Security at the University of Salford.
Students will take two optional modules in Semester One. In Semester Two they will take either the Dissertation and one optional module, or a Placement module
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points|
|GCE A level||96-112 points which must include two A2 passes; Politics or History desirable|
|BTEC National Diploma||National Certificate: DD; National Diploma: DMM|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
Essays (60% in year one, variable for years two and three depending on optional modules chosen)
Exams (40% in year one, variable for years two and three depending on optional modules chosen)
Dissertation (Students can take a dissertation which counts for one third of year three)
Work Placement Reports (Students can take a work placement which will count for half of year three)
You will be well-placed to gain employment in any field that demands analytical and communication skills.
You will have subject-specific knowledge relevant to employment in the ever-growing security sector, including the police, the UK’s National Crime Agency, the military, intelligence services, private security companies, and international organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
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Start Dates: September
3 years full time