MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security (subject to approval)

MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security responds directly to processes afoot of power shifts and power diffusion in international relations (IR). These processes are fundamentally changing the organisational structure of IR. This programme responds to questions of agency, action and accountability of governance networks by deploying systems-based approaches.

MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security (subject to approval)


MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security


St Katharine Docks, London

Study mode:

Full-time or part-time


One year (FT) or two years (PT)

Start date:

20th September 2021 (see term dates)

Annual tuition fees:

Home: £10,000 (FT) /£5,000 (PT)

International: £14,000 (FT) / £7,000 (PT)

Faculty & Research:

Politics and International Relations



Governance and sustainability sit at the intersection of supranational actors, national agencies and non-governmental actors. They reflect the change in relationship building (governance) and the organisation of strategic priorities of three-level games (global, regional, national) in the 21st century. Consequently, these changes will alter the way that the “international” field is taught and learnt in the new millennium. Read more

Students will be prepared to engage with both the processes underpinning current and future power shifts in IR and the actual power shifts and power diffusions in contemporary IR.

A further area of interest for this programme and where the transition towards digital technologies is making an impact is that of Security Studies. The development of the digital space has radically changed, for example, the way we understand ‘territory’ in International Relations, and by logical inference, the relationship between the state, sovereignty and security.

Programme Aims

MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security aims to:

  • to train in political science and international relations, including how to find sources, analyse and critique evidence, and evaluate the value of different sources
  • to develop an awareness and understanding of the different approaches to, and theories of sustainability and development, security, digital transition, and global citizenship in contemporary global politics
  • to give a thorough grounding in the discipline and practice of International Relations and to encourage critical evaluation of how the past is represented, constructed, debated, and contested in relation to the present and the future, in different settings, and at different unit levels of analysis
  • to give students an appreciation of the complexity of research within Political Science and International Relations


Teaching and learning strategies for MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security will include a minimum 12 hours of full-cohort lectures, alongside a minimum 5 hours of small group tutorials or seminars. Read more

This programme will also include guest talks, workshops and study visits, as applicable.

Part-time study

The Masters programme can be taken part-time over two years. Part-time students attend the same classes as their full-time colleagues, taking 50% of the course load each academic year. The classes are not run separately in the evening for part-time students. Read more

While we try to make the part-time study as flexible as possible, our Master’s programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible.


Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Career Opportunities

MSc Digital Politics, Sustainability & Security core modules and pathways will prepare graduates to step into decision-making and leadership roles in government, international and regional organisations, NGOs, think-tanks, consultancies and private sector companies that engage with issues such as sustainable development, cyber security, the digital economy, internet governance, policy analysis, risk analysis and risk management, forecasting and prediction.

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