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  • Entry requirements
    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

    However, if you have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, you may also apply, particularly if you have appropriate work experience.

    If you narrowly missed securing an upper second result, you should inform us of your circumstances so that your case can be considered on an individual basis.

    Language requirements

    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    The School has a minimum requirement.

    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 94, with minimum scores of 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing.

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.


    A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

    University Language Centre

    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency.

    The University's Language Centre offers specialised pre-sessional English language programmes, which are suitable for students going on to study in the Institute. These programmes are also useful in helping students acclimatise to the UK academic environment.
  • Course description

    This course offers you …
    • the chance to study the US-led war on terror.
    • an opportunity to study empirical data on global terror networks.
    • exposure to the latest scholarship and research on terrorism.
    • the ability to examine the phenomenon of urban terror in Europe and the Middle East.

    If you …
    • want to discover more about the technologies and tactics of terror groups.
    • examine the repercussions of 9/11.
    • study the formation of public policy to counter terrorism.
    • develop your understanding of state sponsorship of terrorism.

    … then MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency could be the right course for you.

    MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency addresses the phenomenon of terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    This course provides you with the opportunity to study theoretical approaches to terrorism, and assess empirical data on a wide range of terrorist groups and networks. You will examine the response of the liberal state to these types of threat, and analyse terrorism in relation to the contemporary international system. 

    You will cover the politics and strategies of terrorism, the structure and dynamic of terrorist groups and terror group operations, the technologies and tactics of terrorist groups and investigate state and non-state terror.

    The programme allows you to consider national liberation movements during the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict and terrorism in the Middle East, urban terror in Western Europe and radical Islam. You will also analyse the emergence of Al-Quaeda, global terror networks and the threat of weapons of mass destruction, alongside the efforts to counter terrorism, in particular, the US-led 'war on terror'.

    MA Terrorism and Security is available on a 12-month full-time basis, or a 24-month part-time basis.

    The course has two compulsory, and 90 credits of optional modules to total 180 credits.

    Compulsory Modules
    Terrorism and Security (30 credits) examines the phenomenon of terrorism in the 20th and 21st century, and its impact on international security. You will investigate the politics and strategies of terrorism, the structure and dynamic of terror group operations, terrorist technologies and tactics, and analyse state and non-state terror. You will study national liberation movements, the Arab-Israeli conflict and terrorism in the Middle East, urban terror in Europe and radical Islam.

    Terrorism and Security Dissertation (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in terrorism and security through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

    Optional Modules

    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose 90 credits worth of modules from the following list:
    • Contemporary International Security (15 credits)
    • Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD (15 credits)
    • The Situation Room (15 credits)
    • Policing Post-Conflict Cities (15 credits)
    • International Law and the War on Terror (15 credits)
    • European Defence and Security Analysis (15 credits)
    • Politics of Intelligence (15 credits)
    • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits)
    • Contemporary Politics of the Middle East (30 credits)
    • International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror (30 credits)

    Please note module options may be subject to change and are subject to availability.

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