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Terrorism and Political Violence, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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The Terrorism and Political Violence course at Kingston University looks in depth at the concepts and politics surrounding terrorism, political violence and security in the post-Cold-War era. It will provide an understanding of the forces of global politics and develop the skills needed to engage in academic and professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda.


Key features

  • Our experienced teaching staff are all active researchers, which means that you will stay up to date with the very latest thinking and research.
  • You will benefit from visiting speakers, which include leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.
  • You will be fully supported in developing your postgraduate academic skills and will receive one-to-one support and expert supervision in preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in depth.
  • The wide range of option modules enables you to tailor the Terrorism and Political Violence course at Kingston University to your own interests.

What will you study?

You will examine the moral, ethical and legal aspects of the use of violence by both state and non-state groups. You will also focus on politics of the state in the modern world and the wider contexts of ‘globalisation' within which modern violence takes place.

Where this course will take you

This course is designed to:

  • serve as a conversion course for those with an interest in security and politics who do not have a background in this area;
  • act as a stepping stone for graduates intending to pursue doctoral studies in international relations, politics, development studies, history and other relevant fields; and
  • provide a valuable background for a career in government, journalism, law, accountancy, business or the media – thanks to the policy-making and briefing skills you acquire.

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Politics Dissertation
  • From State to Global Politics
  • Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
  • Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
  • Crime, Harm and Justice
  • Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
  • The Theory and Practice of International Relations

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
      • Programme intensity

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

        • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Average part-time duration 24 months
        • Intensity Flexible
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      You need the following IELTS score:

      • Minimum required score:


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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: Upper Second Class

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class 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

      One or more of the following:
      • A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree.
      • Relevant non-certified learning.
      • An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

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      Tuition Fee

      • International

        14100 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA

        7125 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 7125 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.
      Home and European Union
      • MSc part time £3,918
      • MSc part time £7,755

      Living costs for London

      • 1137 - 2160 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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