Security, Conflict and International Development

Security, Conflict and International Development

MSc, PGDip, PGCert, 2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst gaining a thorough understanding of the security and justice issues relevant to countries emerging from conflict.

Course Description

The MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development focusses on how to meet the strategic security and justice challenges of countries emerging from conflict. The course is designed specifically for those working - or planning to work – in international development.

You will be given an iPad as part of your course fee which will enable you to access our bespoke App. This App and our online platform are the main ways the course is delivered. The App was developed to enable those working in the field of international development, many of whom move around frequently and work in hostile environments with limited internet access, to pursue their studies.

You will also have access to our Security, Conflict and International Development Panel of Experts.  The Panel allows you to interact with a broad range of over 80 international experts in conflict prevention, management and recovery and enhances your learning experience.

This MSc is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of conflict prevention and recovery with a particular emphasis upon ways in which security and justice can be developed after conflict, as well as ways in which to address the broader international security risks posed by conflict-affected countries.

The course also incorporates a range of multi-media, interactive, social media and text-based resources in order to create an engaging and dynamic learning experience.

This MSc will equip you with the skills to present arguments clearly, confidently and coherently in a variety of communication formats. You will develop your ability to undertake analysis and reflect critically on material related to security, conflict and international development.

The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional career in an area of growing strategic importance. It also revolutionises the delivery of distance learning programmes; giving busy people the flexibility to study on the move.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Please note, we are currently consulting on the future of this course following a review in the department. September 2016 is the proposed last intake for this course.

Key Facts
Start date
March and September each year
Department
Criminology
Contact

Social Science Distance Learning Team
css-dl@le.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 252 3755

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Criminology website

Why Leicester?

Criminology at Leicester has established itself as a thriving and internationally-renowned environment. We are one of the very few universities in the country to have its own area exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology.

Our students benefit from learning in an environment exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology, which is home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists.

Our teaching is inspired by the findings from our cutting-edge research. Lecturing staff have a wide array of research interests ranging from community policing and offending behaviour to hate crime.

We offer some of the most established and highly regarded distance learning courses in the fields of security, crime, policing and international development.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 5 September 2016
Application deadline for September 2016: 15 August 2016

What's the difference?

To gain a PGCert you must complete three modules. If you choose to do a PGDip, you will study six modules. To gain the MSc you must complete six modules and the dissertation.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

As well as being provided with an iPad which will allow you to download course materials via an app, meaning much of the material is available without internet access, you will be able to study by distance learning electronically via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.

You will be encouraged to use a range of communication methods including Twitter, wikis and blogging to share information, exchange ideas and develop networks. You will receive support throughout the course from a group of dedicated support staff.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Assessment

The MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development is based on continuous assessment, with five of the six modules comprising an e-tivity - an online activity which comprises 20 per cent of the mark, and a written paper of not more than 3,500 words and one module comprising of a two-part assignment. Each module lasts around 12 weeks. You will have approximately five months to complete your dissertation, which can be a topic of your choosing related to the subject area of the degree.

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent professional qualification.

We can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in September 2016 or March 2017

    • MSc/PGDip: £10,830
    • PGCert: £5,415

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?  (MSC only; not available for PGDip or PGCert)

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in September 2016 or March 2017

    • MSc/PGDip: £13,015
    • MSc/PGDip - Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £10,070
    • PGCert: £6,510
    • PGCert - Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £5,035
    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

A postgraduate distance learning qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform to move into a new area or to simply become more effective in your current role.

Within Criminology at Leicester, distance learning is part of our core educational provision and our programmes are flexible, high quality and focussed on you and your needs.

Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying – many students choose to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.

This degree is designed for those working or intending to work in international development, or those interested in this field. Representatives from organisations that will be particularly interested include:

  • United Nations (Political Affairs Officers; Programme Managers; Judicial Affairs Officers; Corrections Officers; Police Advisors; Policy and Planning Officers)
  • Institutions such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); European Union (EU); Council of Europe (CoE); Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO )
  • Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Saferworld, International Alert, The Asia Foundation, Amnesty International
  • Donor agencies and government bodies such as the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID); the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Soros Foundation Network
Careers

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Security, Conflict and International Development MSc 2 years by distance learning March and September each year

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Security, Conflict and International Development PGDip 18 months by distance learning March and September each year

Please contact css-dl@le.ac.uk for further information.

Security, Conflict and International Development PGCert 1 year by distance learning March and September each year

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Course
Security, Conflict and International Development
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years by distance learning
Start Dates
March and September each year
Availability

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Course
Security, Conflict and International Development
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
18 months by distance learning
Start Dates
March and September each year
Availability

Please contact css-dl@le.ac.uk for further information.

Course
Security, Conflict and International Development
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
1 year by distance learning
Start Dates
March and September each year
Availability

Not currently available; contact admissions.