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Terrorism, Security and Society

King's College London

12 months
29310 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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The Terrorism, Security and Society MA at King's College London encourages students to examine some of the most challenging issues of our time. It is deliberately designed to encourage a multidisciplinary approach which draws on history, political science, international relations, and sociology.


The Terrorism, Security and Society MA at King's College London will not only equip you with a strong theoretical grounding for analysing these issues but also adopts a thematic approach wherein you consider the interaction of social issues within their political and security contexts. 

You will explore questions such as, why do we manage terrorist offenders in prison? What should be done about extremist content online? How can we mitigate the risk of terrorists using cryptocurrencies? How do we strike an appropriate balance between human rights, privacy, and freedom of expression and conscience?

Key benefits

  • Provides an advanced foundation and comprehensive understanding of relevant issues in the field of security studies, as well as an overview of the theories and paradigms related to the concepts of terrorism and counter terrorism, enabling students to undertake further research or enter into careers targeted at understanding these issues.
  • Develops and nurtures the intellectual and analytical skills of each student enabling you to conceptualise theories, approaches and problems, gather information, critically analysing the data and information, critically evaluate risk management options, and develop reflexive counter terrorism strategies.
  • Our unique course is valued by governments and employers across the world because it prompts you to think about these issues in a creative and interconnected way.
  • An opportunity to be taught by members of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), in the Department of War Studies, which is a global centre of excellence that enjoys close relationships with other academic institutions, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations and policy- making bodies around the world. There are also occasional opportunities for internships and research assistant roles for students.
  • The course enhances your knowledge about relevant careers and opportunities in the field, exposing you to a range of practitioners who help bridge the gap between academia and industry. Many graduates enjoy careers that take them overseas.

Career prospects

War Studies graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Terrorism & Counter Terrorism  
  • Homegrown Radicalisation & Counter- radicalisation in Western Europe & North America
  • Technology, Security and Global Politics 
  • Social Dimensions of Terrorism 
  • The Science and Security of Nuclear and Biological Weapons 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 67% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
  • Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have relevant professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29310 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29310 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home fees: £8,100 per year 
  • Overseas fees: £14,655 per year 

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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