Terrorism and security issues are at the top of the political agenda in many countries. This exciting and unique course gives you the opportunity to study these issues in depth, in a dynamic and stimulating academic environment.
During your time with us, you will examine a wide range of topics, including terrorist groups and their strategies and counter-terrorism policies in the US, UK, Europe, and the Middle East.
You will also have the opportunity to examine the place of terrorism in relation to other threats to security, and the place of counter-terrorism strategies in relation to the other state-led efforts to achieve and maintain security.
This course has both full-time and part-time routes over two 12 week semesters (plus the third semester or summer period for your dissertation for MA students). The part-time route can be studied via distance learning.
For the full-time study option:
Semester 1 - October to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September
One optional module from the following (30 credits):
Optional modules of up to 60 credits:
Please note that the above list may be subject to change as the availability of optional modules varies each year.
If you do not wish to continue onto the dissertation project and leave the course at this stage you can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma.
If you pass the taught component of the course you may then proceed to the 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits. Those not wishing to continue onto the dissertation project can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma if leaving the course at this stage.
Choose one optional module from:
Choose one optional module from:
Choose one optional module from:
Dissertation (60 credits)
A good honours degree in Politics, History, Sociology, Criminology or related social science and humanities subject.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 5.5) as proof of this.
The professional relevance and topicality of this course will make it attractive to those considering or currently engaged in careers in the civil service, the armed forces, research and teaching, international or non-governmental organisations, and the media. The course also provides excellent foundations for those who wish to pursue a PhD.
This course is for you if you are interested in deepening your understanding of the debates on the causes and current manifestations of terrorism and other high-profile contemporary security challenges. You will need to be open to engaging with a wide variety of academic perspectives. You will develop your ability to critical assess the broader ramifications and effectiveness of various state responses.
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme
You will be taught through two three-hour sessions per week which consists of introductory lectures and following seminar discussions (one session per week for part-time students).
Distance learning (part-time) modules are run by tutors who provide all materials for student research and reading around particular topics assigned via the virtual Blackboard. You will read set texts; actively contribute to online discussions about questions set by module tutors; write essays and reports; and reflect on podcast lectures.
You will be assessed through two essays per module each weighted at 50% of the overall mark for the module. After the successful completion of 1420 credits (four modules) you will proceed to the 14,000 word dissertation (60 credits) or, for attendance students given permission to do so by the Programme Leader, The Terrorism and Security Practicum.
Graduates from this course follow a range of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, intelligence agencies, consultancies, international or non-governmental organisations, think tanks and research institutions and the media.
You will develop a wide range of skills on the course (writing skills, communication skills, presentation skills, and analytical skills) that are transferable to a variety of careers. This means that you can follow a range of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, international or non-governmental organisations, think tanks and research institutions, and the media.
Graduates from this course have progressed in careers within Greater Manchester Police, the Home Office, the Lancashire Police Counterterrorism Branch, the security services of other countries, IT companies in the United States as well as international organisations such as the Strategic Police Matters Unit at the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).You may also pursue further study at doctoral level.
Robert Hampshire, MA Terrorism and Security
"Enrolling on the MA Terrorism and Security course at Salford was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made… albeit perhaps not one of the easiest to accomplish by SAT-COM from somewhere in the middle of Afghanistan! However, I received some great support going through the application process. What I found when I joined Salford was an innovative course run by an international team of enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff. The lecturers presented and discussed contemporary events whilst situating them in their broader context and encouraging debates amongst the students. This made the course very relevant to a practitioner with many years of experience in conflict and post-conflict zones like me. At the same time, our rather spirited discussions in the seminars strongly indicate that the students who entered the course directly after their undergraduate degree found the course as interesting and enjoyable as I did! In addition, I had the opportunity to attend the excellent European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence (ESTI) seminars and conferences with top experts in the field of terrorism and security. For all these reasons, I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in security and terrorism issues to enrol on the MA Terrorism and Security at the University of Salford."
Francis Okpaleke, MA Terrorism and Security (2014/15)
"The MATS postgraduate programme simply exceeded my expectations. The faculty of instructors was very helpful and the course was encompassing. I would highly recommend this programme for prospective students interested in understanding how terrorism, intelligence and security affects the new world order."
You have the opportunity to attend stimulating guest lectures, seminars, and conferences, which bring researchers and practitioners together. These will make you better informed as to how the industry works and your current or future place within it.
The course’s broad introduction to cutting-edge research and current academic controversies offers an excellent foundation for further in-depth research into terrorism and security issues.
The University's Politics and Contemporary History Research Centre builds on the active research programme provided by the Politics and Contemporary History seminar series.
The dedicated members of our teaching team cover a wide range of potential PhD topics:
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,000 per 30 credits|
|Distance Learning||£1000 per 30 credits for year 1|
|International Distance Learning||TBC|
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,017 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£12,500, part-time £2,084 per 30 credits|
|Distance Learning||£1,017 per 30 credits for year 1|
|International Distance Learning||£2,084 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
MA (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
Distance Learning MA (up to three years part-time)
Distance Learning PgDip (up to three years part-time)