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Terrorism, Security & Society MA

UK

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What will I learn?

Overview

Our MA in Terrorism, Security & Society 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. Non-state political violence and terrorism is evolving and growing at a historically unprecedented rate. From the riot at the US Capitol and a resurgence of nationalist violence in America and Europe, to right-wing and jihadist terrorist attacks around the world, the problem is an urgent one. The MA course 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?

Course detail

Terrorism and extremism are controversial and politically charged topics on which many people hold a diverse range of views. Politicians, the media, and other influential figures use these terms in ways which often make it difficult to gain an in-depth and objective understanding of what are some of the most pressing issues of our time. Using a range of methods and sources, this course seeks to cut through the agendas and politics to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand, analyse and confront terrorism and extremism. In order to give as complete a picture as possible, the course covers a wide range of topics related to terrorism including radicalisation, cybersecurity, and intelligence. Alongside understanding how terrorist movements emerge and evolve, the second key focus of the course is the range of methods states have used to respond to terrorism, from hard power tactics such as drone strikes, to soft power counter-radicalisation programmes. Students will be introduced to the history of counter-terrorism before looking into and critically assessing more recent examples of how states deal with terrorism both at home and abroad. Whether you are seeking a security-related career in academia, policy or non-governmental organisation, developing an objective understanding of how these threats emerge, evolve and are countered, is a crucial asset. Not only does the course cover established forms of terrorism such as the extreme right and jihadist movements, but through engagement with leading experts and practitioners in the field, students also gain insight into how these and other movements continue to evolve and adapt, acquiring an understanding of the trends and developments that could continue to dominate the terrorism threat landscape for years to come. This MA is based in the Department of War Studies, one of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security. War Studies is an multidisciplinary department and all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in such subjects as the history and evolution of war and grand strategy, arms control and non-proliferation, migration, strategic thought, cyber, conflict and the environment, the influence of science and technology on international security, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia (East and South), Russia and elsewhere.

Which department am I in?

War Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£29,310.00 (US$ 36,059) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Waterloo Campus

Stamford Street,

Southwark,

London,

SE1 8WA, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£29,310.00 (US$ 36,059) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Strand Campus

Strand,

Westminster,

London,

WC2R 2LS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have completed a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the United States of America will be considered. Grades may vary depending upon the course chosen.

For international students

Students should have a 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. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 67% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 67% or above in the UK marking scheme. Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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