Postgraduate Programmes

Our Postgraduate Programmes

These degrees work both as stand-alone programmes for students wishing to enhance their knowledge of these areas to an advanced level, as well as providing the necessary foundations for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the social sciences. To apply to any of the below programs please visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply.php.

MSc in Global Conflict and Peace Processes

Coordinator: Dr. John Nagle

The degree is designed for students wishing to develop an advanced knowledge of the intellectual terrain of intrastate conflict and contemporary approaches to the management of violent conflict. The module will familiarise students with the theoretical and methodological insights from the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science and human rights. It analyses a range of international peace processes, themselves well known, in which these themes are explored empirically - Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone. For further information please contact: j.nagle@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Post-Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding

Coordinator: Dr. Gearoid Millar

This degree familiarises students with the central theoretical, conceptual, and empirical dimensions of post-conflict justice and peacebuilding and explores how these have changed over time. The degree is focused on the public policies and mechanisms by which justice is claimed to assist peacebuilding and reconciliation - memory, truth recovery, forgiveness and reparations. It subjects these processes to critical reflection by considering the challenges of applying justice after conflict, the burden of memory and the problems of forgetting, issues surrounding truth and truth recovery, and the limits of apologies, reparations. and other forms of distributive justice. For further information please contact: g.millar@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Sex, Gender and Violence: Contemporary Critical Approaches

Coordinator: Dr. Luisa Gandolfo

This programme investigates the ways people think about, understand, and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violent act? Why does legislation against violence often seem inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence? As the links between sex, gender and violence appear intimate and often lethal, a central but not exclusive focus of this programme will be on theories and practices of sex/gender. We will focus on specific texts, for example Zizek’s 'Violence: Six Sideways Reflections' (2009, Profile Books). We will consider how violence is represented, for example in media representations of conflicts, or in popular culture such as films. We will also analyze legislative attempts to deal with violence for example in the arena of human rights and gender mainstreaming. Furthermore, we will pay close attention to the brutal fecundity of violence through the banality of everyday ordinary violence. For further information please contact: k.luisa.gandolfo@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in International Relations

Coordinator: Dr. Ritu Vij

The MScIR/Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (IR) provides a sustained engagement with key issues in contemporary International Relations including development & political economy, critical & human security, globalisation, gender, identity, human rights, and governance. Building on a foundational course on the conceptual/ theoretical underpinnings of IR, the programme offers a range of courses that enable individualized programmes of specialized study on a particular theme or region. For further information please contact: r.vij@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in International Security (by research alone)

Coordinator: Mr. Jim Wyllie

This is a ‘research alone’ programme of study and writing in any aspect of conflict, peace-making and peace-building, political reconciliation between belligerent parties, and strategy in the arena of international security. The programme allows for distant study, as well as study on campus. The programme may be pursued full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). The dissertation will not exceed 40,000 words. It will either display clear evidence of originality in research outcomes and argument, or it will constitute a satisfactory, orderly and critical exposition of existing knowledge within the field concerned. Assessment will be by examination of the completed dissertation, including oral examination. Normally, candidates would be required to hold an upper second class honours degree in an appropriate Social Science or Arts discipline. For candidates who do not meet normal admission requirements, relevant professional experience may be taken into account. For further information please contact: j.h.wyllie@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Strategic Studies

Coordinator: Mr. Jim Wyllie

This is a long established programme that delivers a thorough examination and understanding of two core themes. First, it investigates the theory and practice of the uses of power, force and related instruments, ideally without recourse to conflict, to achieve national and international security objectives. Second, we examine in depth the characteristics, strains and complex nature of security challenges and responses at regional and global levels in the modern era. Dilemmas of decision-making at the highest levels, not least with existential implications, receive close attention, as do strategies of limiting and containing conflict in the event of war. This programme is particularly appropriate for graduates of International Relations, Politics, History and cognate disciplines such as Law, Economics and Geography, and for those with relevant professional experience, who are seeking deep scrutiny and explanation of security policies and conflict throughout the international system. For further information please contact: j.h.wyllie@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Strategic Studies and International Law

Coordinator: Mr. Jim Wyllie

This programme has been designed to analyse and explain how the modern uses of power and force interface with the requirements and the expectations of that body of international law which addresses the use of coercion and the conduct of conflict at international and sub-national levels. It combines an understanding of the theory and practice of the uses of power and force by states to achieve national and international security objectives with an appreciation of the development and implementation of international law as it attempts to control coercion and to limit violence in the international arena. This programme is particularly appropriate for those graduates of Law, International Relations, Politics and cognate disciplines such as History, Geography and Economics, and for those with relevant professional experience, who are seeking a concentrated and highly focussed appreciation of the interaction of strategy and international law and how that relationship impacts upon security policies and conflict in the modern era. For further information please contact: j.h.wyllie@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Strategic Studies and Management

Coordinator: Mr. Jim Wyllie

This programme draws upon core modules from the MSc Strategic Studies and the Business School MBA. The combined programme will study the synergy between the strategic policies, decision-making, leadership and operational applications of national and international security institutions and those of large and small organisations in the business and non-governmental sectors. We will examine these issues - the crossover in the practice and knowledge experienced by a range of actors in both national and international security and non-security organisations -within the context of a globalized, international system of rapid strategic, technological and economic change. For further information please contact: J.h.wyllie@abdn.ac.uk.