Strategic, Regional, & Security Studies

Pathway 12: Strategic, Regional, & Security Studies (SRSS)

Pathway Leads

King’s College London: Dr Charlie Laderman

Imperial College: Dr Deeph Chana

Student Pathway Representative

Hannah Owens:

Pathway mailing list

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The Strategic, Regional, & Security thematic pathways is led by King’s School of Security Studies in partnership with the Institute of Middle East Studies, and the King’s School of Global Affairs (especially the India Institute, China Institute and Russia Institute), together with Imperial College’s Institute for Security Science & Technology and Security Institute. The need has never been greater to understand the changing global security landscape, with the rise of Daesh, sophisticated terrorist attacks in Europe, the resurgence of Russia, Iranian nuclear ambitions, the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, and unprecedented population flows into the EU. The need to develop the UK social science base in security is reflected in the RCUK Partnership on Conflict, Crime & Security (PaCCS), the recent PaCCS on Conflict Research, and the creation of an ESRC-funded ‘National Centre for Research & Evidence on Security Threats’.

Training is delivered along five sub-pathways:

A. War Studies

Investigates strategic thought and practice and the history of warfare to advance understanding of the origins, dynamics and transformations of war.

King’s College London
MA War Studies 
MA History of War
MA International Conflict Studies
MA International Peace & Security
MA Conflict, Security & Development

B. Intelligence & Cyber-Security

Investigates the role of intelligence in international relations and in contexts of conflict and war. It enables interdisciplinary exploration of the new era of mass surveillance and cybersecurity.

King’s College London
MA Intelligence & International Security

C. Regional Security

Focuses on international relations and area studies in the investigations of the origins and dynamics of regional conflicts, specifically in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

King’s College London
MA Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies
MA Conflict, Security & Development 
MSc Russia in Global Systems
MSc China & Globalisation
MSc Global Affairs

D. Science & Security

Explores the interface of science, technology and security policy. Focusing on weapons proliferation and the broader security agenda, the pathway provides training in policy analysis as this relates to technological innovation and proliferation.

Imperial College London
MSc Security and Resilience: Science and Technology

King’s College London
MA Science & International Security

E. Terrorism & Security

Provides an interdisciplinary approach in the study of the dynamics and socio-political effects of terrorism and policies relating to counter-terrorism.

King’s College London
MA Terrorism, Security & Society