The Fulbright – Queen’s University Belfast Award in Global Security and Borders (MA) will be offered to US graduate students to pursue a Master’s in Global Security and Borders. Students will apply for admission to the University in the normal way and will only be accepted if the meet the required admission criteria.

As part of the Russell Group, Queen’s is proud to be a leading research institution, offering postgraduate opportunities at the forefront of new thinking. We continue to build on our reputation as a world-class international University that supports outstanding students and staff to conduct leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of society. The University has a vibrant research culture, having invested significantly in both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research.

  • Queen’s University is ranked 180th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework places Queen’s University 8th in the UK for research intensity.
  • Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading.

This award will be centred in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. The School is a vibrant interdisciplinary community bringing together over 80 scholars working on a wide range of issues including the study of peace and conflict transformation, terrorism and security, ethnomusicology, public history, ethics, gender, cultural and cognitive anthropology, political theory, European history and politics, Irish, US, African and Chinese history.

MA Global Security and Borders Course Overview - Borders have become a key site and central concern of global security practices and theory, from the Mexican-United States border to the Mediterranean ports of the EU. The many facets of borders are introduced and analysed in this programme: they are understood as containers of identity, sites of power, and points of weakness where the mobility of people (e.g. terrorists, migrants) and things (e.g. drugs, weapons) can disrupt prevailing forms of security. This programme aims to help students navigate this complex terrain by providing a firm grounding in critical border studies, offering the chance to apply their academic insights within a work-based environment with borders/security professionals through the Borders Internship module.

Grant amount

  • Full tuition waiver
  • £13,200

This is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK.

In the UK, Master's degrees are typically one-year programmes (full-time) and PhDs are three-year programmes (full-time).