Postgraduate MA/PgDip

Terrorism and Security

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Distance Learning

Course

Eight month

One year

Two year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Do you want to work as a civil servant, the armed forces, the legal profession, to teach in a related field or report on national news? Whatever your interest in this complex subject, our Masters degree in terrorism and security will give you the opportunity to explore it in depth.

Sitting at the top of the political agenda across the world, this is a fascinating and highly relevant field of study that offers insight into a wide-ranging cross-section of culture, politics and international relations.

You’ll examine the tactics used by terrorist groups and the measures put in place across America, Europe and the Middle East to counter them, as well as developing your understanding of terrorism in relation to threats to national security and the efforts made by governments to maintain security for their citizens.

You will:
  • Learn from experts in terrorism studies and international security who have published extensive research in respected political and historical journals
  • Gain a deep insight into international and domestic terrorism and security at a time of great change and uncertainty
  • Developing your skills in critical thinking, analysis and communication

Want to find out more about our MA Terrorism and Security course? Why not come along to our upcoming Open Day?

In the meantime, if you have any questions you can contact course enquiries or our Programme Leader, Dr Samantha Newbery.

I am only the programme leader for both of these programmes until September. 

Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You want to establish a professional career in the civil service, armed forces or non-governmental organisations

2.

You want to develop a solid foundation for pursuing PhD study

3.

You want to study an innovative and highly relevant postgraduate degree course

Course details

All about the course

Why study terrorism? At Salford, we believe that while it’s important to learn about the history of terrorism, as well as how governments approach achieving and maintaining security. It’s also vital to consider the bigger picture.

Studying a Masters degree in terrorism and security is about learning how to systematically analyse and assess the phenomena of terrorism and counter-terrorism. It’s also about developing your ability to critique current research, while deep-diving into the responses that issues of terrorism and security provoke from states and state organisations such as the police.

Whether you’re studying to inform your chosen career path or simply because you’re looking for further study in an area that’s interesting to you, the professional research and analysis skills you’ll develop during your time on the course will benefit you in any number of careers.

Gain a deeper understanding of what you’ll explore within each module below.

Full-time: semester one

Terrorism: Threat and Response

This module will provide you with an understanding of the issue of terrorism and a comprehension of some of the problems for democratic states and international organisations (EU, UN, NATO) in responding to this threat. You will acquire the analytical tools to systematically assess the phenomenon of terrorism, its increasingly international character, and varying national and international responses to the problem.

Terrorism in Europe since 1945

On this module, you will be led through discussions and analyses of many of the major terrorist and counter-terrorist campaigns seen in Europe since 1945. The module has a comparative element, and will provide students with an advanced understanding and critical awareness of the current state of scholarship on this field of study.

Full-time: semester two

Contemporary Security, Intelligence and Terrorism

On this module, you will be provided with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the issues raised by recent and current practices in security, intelligence, terrorism and counter-terrorism. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of research and analytical techniques applicable to the examination current conceptual and practical developments in security, intelligence, terrorism and counter-terrorism.

The Middle East and Terrorism

This module offers you the chance to develop a critical understanding of the scope and nature of terrorism as it relates to the Middle East. You will develop the ability to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the political and societal context from which they originate and the differing domestic, regional and international responses they provoke.

Strategic and Security Studies

On this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of the major debates and discussions that have taken place within Strategic Studies and Security Studies over the last three decades. This includes an understanding of the differences and points of overlap in the academic disciplines of Terrorism Studies and Security Studies, a critical awareness of the different areas of interest and methodologies prevalent in Strategic Studies and Security Studies, and an advanced understanding of the way case studies are used to test theories and advance knowledge in these fields.

Please note that the above list may be subject to change as the availability of optional modules varies each year.

Full-time: semester three

Dissertation

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.

You may replace the dissertation with the 60 credit Terrorism and Security Practicum, subject to the Programme Leader’s approval. This involves a work placement in an organisation, business or government department where terrorism and security concerns are dealt with on an ongoing basis. You will submit a 6,000 word research paper.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

If you choose to study in person, you’ll be based at our Peel Park campus, where you’ll attend one three-hour session per week for each module. These sessions will consist of introductory lectures and seminar discussions.

Distance learning modules are run via BlackBoard, our virtual learning environment. Each week a podcast lecture will be provided, along with key readings, a further reading list and online discussion questions. You will listen to the podcast, engage with the key readings, and actively contribute to online discussions in response to questions set by your lecturers.

ASSESSMENT

As part of this Masters degree in terrorism and security, you’ll be assessed through two essays per module, each weighted at 50% of the overall mark for the module.

After the successful completion of 120 credits (four modules), you will proceed to the 14,000-word dissertation (60 credits), or, for students given permission to do so by the Programme Leader, the Terrorism and Security Practicum.

BE A PART OF A CREATIVE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY 

AllourPolitics and History coursesare delivered by theSalford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things. 

Each year - through theCreate Awards our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students. 

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it. 

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What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

Graduating from one of the few Masters degrees in the UK in terrorism and security, you’ll have plenty to talk about when it comes to interviewing for jobs in a related field.

Whether you’re interested in a role in the civil service, armed forces, intelligence agencies, police forces, private security companies, research institutions, government organisations or the media, you’ll be able to show off your ability to academically engage with important topics, and to discuss the research you’ve undertaken while completing your professional qualification. 

Graduates of this course have progressed to careers within Greater Manchester Police, the Home Office, the Lancashire Police Counter Terrorism 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).

FURTHER STUDY

Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further academic research path through our doctoral (PhD) programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

Career Links

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.

Requirements

What you need to know

Do you currently work in the civil service, police force or security services? Are you hoping to develop your knowledge of terrorism and security in a variety of professional contexts?

If so, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for students with a second class honours degree in a related subject, as well as a clear desire to study the course. We also consider applicants without an undergraduate degree but with relevant work experience.  You’ll need to submit a personal statement with your application, which should explain why you want to do the course and the skills that will enable you to complete it successfully.

In addition, you should already have some basic understanding of terrorism and security, and how it relates to wider society.ght

Which qualifications do I need?

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above, in Politics, History, Sociology, Criminology or related social science and humanities subject.

Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement with their application. A good personal statement explains why you want to do this course, why you want to do it now, and what skills you already have that will help you complete the course successfully. A demonstration of an awareness of the demands of the course (intellectually and in terms of the time commitment) is also of benefit to those reviewing your application.

Standard Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above, 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.

Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement with their application. A good personal statement explains why you want to do this course, why you want to do it now, and what skills you already have that will help you complete the course successfully. A demonstration of an awareness of the demands of the course (intellectually and in terms of the time commitment) is also of benefit to those reviewing your application.

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Alternative Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,350 for home and £2,505 for international per 30 credits
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15345per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 for home and £2,557.5 for international per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

January 2022

September 2022