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University of Birmingham: Global Cooperation and Security

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Government
Study type Taught


This programme is designed for students interested in a competitive MSc degree that combines academic and practical training on how to mitigate and eliminate conflict and violence in world politics. We offer research-led teaching at the intersection of International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies, combined with a 5-day training programme in 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation'.

This degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations.The programme considers how political communities with different values, cultures, histories, and security conceptions can build trust in a global system.

You will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of key global security challenges (e.g. climate change, nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, and intractable conflicts inside and across state borders) and cover debates in International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies.

Topics and issues examined include:

The Security Dilemma. Face-to-face diplomacy. Peace building, alliances and institutions Emotions in crises and conflicts The psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violence Identities of religion, gender, and nationalism Game theory: the Prisoner’s Dilemma. The risks of nuclear war during the Cold War. US-Iran nuclear relations. The possibilities for avoiding a new Cold War with China.


University of Birmingham


The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community of staff, students and researchers. As a founding Russell Group member and consistent top 100 university, Birmingham is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching and research and provides the best possible teaching, research facilities and support services to ensure postgraduates reach the peak of their potential.

With over 600 taught programmes and a wealth of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham has one of the most extensive postgraduate course portfolios in the UK enabling you to work and study alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multicultural community …

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