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International Security and Terrorism, M.A./PGDip.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (QS) ,
The degree in International Security and Terrorism at University of Birmingham explores issues of political violence, terrorism, conflict, the use of force, the nature and management of security threats including security cooperation in the absence of an overarching wold government.

About

The degree in International Security and Terrorism at University of Birmingham promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, empirical and ethical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a team of two internationally renowned research-active Security Studies specialists. 

It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of International Relations, Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Language-based Area Studies, History, Religious Studies and Law, and issues of war, security and terrorism at undergraduate level, or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

Our students follow a flexible programme with a wide choice of modules. Students take two core modules in Security Studies and Terrorism and Political Violence that provide them with a foundation for thinking about the subject. They then design the rest of the programme around their own interests by selecting four modules from a wide range of options.  The flexibility of this programme is ideal for those with a broad range of interests in security studies and terrorism or for those who want to construct a curriculum around a particular area of interest.

Careers

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Security Studies
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17910 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17910 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • MA PT fees: UK/EU - £4,625
  • PGDip. FT fees: UK/EU - £6,167; Overseas - £11,940
  • PGDip. PT fees: UK/EU - £3,083

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £10,609
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

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