Joint MA in Conflict and Security (with Metropolitan University Prague)

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As students we were respected and encouraged by our professors to engage in critical discussions about their own research as colleagues which I have not experienced at other institutions."
Caiden Heaphy
MA in Governance and International Politics

Entry requirements

2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent). 

This course offers a comprehensive overview of multilevel governance and international relations related to conflict and security taking into account British and Czech perspectives.

Check our scholarships page for information about postgraduate funding options. And did you know Aston graduates are eligible for a 20% discount on PG fees?

Politics and International Relations as Aston is ranked 13th in the UK by the Sunday Times League Table, 2016
Equips students to go on to research at Ph.D. level or to embark on a career in the public or private sector
Active membership of the Aston Centre for Europe, a thriving research hub which organises debates, study visits, and conferences and seminars on current international issues
Study at two leading universities - spend the first term at Aston University in the UK and the second at Metropolitan University, Prague.

Duration: Full time 1 year. Part time 2 years

Start date(s): October  

Distance learning available: No

Entry requirements:
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent). 

Letter of reference

Personal statement (motivation letter) in the extent of 500 words

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Fees for 2018/19: 
UK/ EU: £6,500 
Non-EU: £14,400 
*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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The one-year Master’s Degree offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme with a focus on conflict and security. It offers a comprehensive overview of multilevel governance and international relations related to conflict and security taking into account British and Czech perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, where they study a number of core and optional modules. The second term takes place at Metropolitan University Prague, where they study additional modules. All modules are taught in English.



Sample Module Options

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

At Aston University

  • International Security
  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science
  • Religion and Politics
  • The Politics of Rogue States
  • Corruption-Crime-Terror Nexus: Security


At Metropolitan University Prague

  • Human Security, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
  • Conflicts and Conflict Resolution
  • Conflicts in Central, Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet States
  • Contemporary Analysis of East Asian Security
  • Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture and its Modern Transformations


Detailed module descriptors will be available at enrolment.

Masters students attend lectures, take part in interactive seminars and simulation exercises, and conduct guided study and individual research. At Aston, they attend events organised by the Politics and International Relations academic subject group, including guest lectures, research seminars and conferences on contemporary international politics organised by the Aston Centre for Europe. In previous years, students have attended a one week study visit to European institutions in Brussels. At Metropolitan University Prague, students attend regular research events.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their academic study. The assessments take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays, presentations, and policy reports to briefings and campaign portfolios.

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.),
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks,
  • careers in government administration,
  • further postgraduate research at PhD level,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.
You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

At Metropolitan University Prague: Katerina Krulisova; katerina.krulisova@mup.cz

At Aston University: Lucian Leustean; l.leustean@aston.ac.uk

Or contact our admissions team:

Tel: 0121 204 3200

Email: lss_pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk


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