Drawing on the School’s research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
It will introduce you to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. You’ll explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counterterrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond.
You’ll consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East.
Our department is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. Our research-led teaching is directly informed by the cutting-edge research that occurs around research clusters on ‘The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute’ and ‘Contemporary Democracy and Authoritarianism’ as well as the Middle East Research Group.
The key strength of our research culture is an approach to academic enquiry which openly embraces normative and empirical approaches in the study of terrorism, insurgency, UK and US foreign policies, security governance in fragile states, post-Cold War conceptions of international society at a global level, as well as within the context of regional politics in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia.
This unique programme offers you not only the chance to delve deep into the academic analysis of (counter-) terrorism and (counter-) insurgency, but also provides you with the freedom to develop your expertise on a range of security challenges on a global (climate change, conflict resolution, globalisation and conflict, human rights, poverty, post-conflict reconstruction, religious radicalism) and regional level.The compulsory modules studied will give you the opportunity to:go beyond political polemics and media platitudesdevelop a robust and nuanced understanding of terrorism and insurgencies as national, regional and global security threatsgain an appreciation of the political, legal and ethical dilemmas, which democracies and authoritarian regimes, in both the developed and developing world, face in dealing with terrorist and insurgent tactics and strategies.You’ll also be able to hone your research and writing skills in your compulsory dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take 30 credits worth of compulsory modules and choose thirty credits worth of optional modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and 60 credits worth of optional modules in your second year to complete your programme.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.As a full-time student, you’ll study three compulsory modules – including your dissertation. You’ll also choose a number of optional modules from a wide-ranging list.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade C):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related discipline, an equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Politics and International Studies admissions team.
English language requirements
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
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The School of Politics and International Studies offers six partial fee scholarships to international students studying a masters in the School.
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