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.
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.
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.