International Security and Terrorism, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #84 (QS) ,
MA International Security and Terrorism, University of Nottingham This innovative programme provides you with a framework for the detailed investigation of both international security and the related field of terrorism.


MA International Security and Terrorism, University of Nottingham

The desire for security and safety has always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of the subject of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure but also what we regard as threatening. In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis for students and those with a professional interest in the subject.

Taught by experts in both international security and terrorism, the MA will introduce you to some of the major schools of thought within the discipline of international relations including realism, liberalism, and critical theory.

You will explore key issues in contemporary international security including international intervention, conventional and nuclear deterrence, insurgency and counter insurgency, peacemaking, and peacekeeping.

The programme will facilitate the analysis of terrorism as a political strategy, its contemporary significance and relative success; develop your understanding of counter-terrorist techniques; and provide you with an in-depth study of security issues in particular regions of the world.

The degree emphasises three elements:

  • The theoretical underpinnings of the study of international security and terrorism

  • The main empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age

  • The opportunity to study security and terrorism complexes through optional modules

During the spring semester, the school organises a study tour to some of the key European security organisations. It includes visits to organisations such as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the European Commission in Brussels and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, to which students undertaking the MA in International Security and Terrorism are invited to participate.

The School of Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham provides an ideal academic environment in which to study international security. The school enjoys a considerable depth of expertise amongst its staff in the subject of security, with a range of internationally renowned specialists in the sub-field of terrorism.

Key facts

  • The School of Politics and International Relations was ranked in the top 15 in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • The programme is one of the most popular to be offered by the School of Politics and International Relations, attracting students from all over the world

  • You have the opportunity to participate in a study tour to visit some of the key European security organisations

Programme Structure

The MA International Security and Terrorism can be studied on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.

The MA consists of two 20-credit core modules, and a further 80 credits of modules taken during the autumn and spring semesters.

Your studies will culminate in the research and writing of a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation, which is an opportunity for you to research a subject of your own choosing under the expert guidance of a member of staff, represents a substantial piece of independent research drawing on primary source materials as well as secondary literature.

Teaching is spread across two semesters: autumn, which begins in September and ends in January; and spring, which begins in January and ends in June. The summer months between June and September are spent writing your dissertation.

Assessment for each taught module takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or examination, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.

Modules are usually offered as 20 or 15 credit versions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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
Recommended 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 Upper Second Class 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).

  • 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
  • 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16610 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6825 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
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