Queen’s University Belfast - Global Security and Borders

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.

Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group – a group of leading UK research-intensive universities – and offers world-class education and research. The ninth oldest university in the UK and considered one of the most beautiful, Queen's provides outstanding sporting and research facilities. With 24,000 students, it is a thriving and friendly campus. 

This award will be centred in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. The School is a vibrant interdisciplinary community examining 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. 

Our location in Northern Ireland (a post-conflict society) provides a unique base and range of perspectives from which to explore many of these disciplines at first hand. 

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. 

Students will apply for admission to the University and will only be accepted if they meet the required admission criteria. 

Grant amount

  • Full tuition waiver
  • £14,000 living stipend

The living stipend 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).