MA in Terrorism, Security and Society
King's College London - Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
London, United Kingdom
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 33,258 / per year *
10 Mar 2024
Earliest start date
* UK students: £18,258 per year | International students: £33,258 per year
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 are 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 adopt 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?
- Provides an advanced foundation and comprehensive understanding of relevant issues in the field of security studies, as well as an overview of the theories and paradigms related to the concepts of terrorism and counter-terrorism, enabling students to undertake further research or enter into careers targeted at understanding these issues
- Develops and nurtures the intellectual and analytical skills of each student enabling you to conceptualise theories, approaches and problems, gather information, critically analyse the data and information, critically evaluate risk management options, and develop reflexive counter-terrorism strategies
- Our unique course is valued by governments and employers across the world because it prompts you to think about these issues in a creative and interconnected way
- An opportunity to be taught by members of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), in the Department of War Studies, which is a global centre of excellence that enjoys close relationships with other academic institutions, think tanks, nongovernmental organisations and policy- making bodies around the world. There are also occasional opportunities for internships and research assistant roles for students
- The course enhances your knowledge about relevant careers and opportunities in the field, exposing you to a range of practitioners who help bridge the gap between academia and industry. Many graduates enjoy careers that take them overseas
- Students pursue a variety of careers, including in government agencies to combat the terrorist threat, in the tech industry combatting extremist content online and looking at how terrorists use technology. Students have gone on to work for companies such as Google, Facebook, Palantir, Dataminr, and Graphika
- Students have pursued research careers at universities and within think tanks including institutions like RUSI, the International Institute for Security Studies and Chatham House
- Within the corporate sector, students have joined political risk firms, providing insights to commercial clients about rapidly evolving terrorist situations and political instability
- In addition to the academic grounding this MA will provide, we also have a strong practitioner focus with guest lectures and talks from leading figures in social media companies, politics, law enforcement, intelligence, and civil society, as well as government ministers, ambassadors and generals
- Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages and excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are close to the seat of government, the City of London, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court
Duration: One year full-time, September to September, two years part-time
Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits
Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:
- Terrorism & Counter Terrorism (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
- Armchair Intelligence- Open Sources & Online Investigation (15 credits)
- Home Grown Radicalisation & Counter- Radicalisation in Western Europe & North America (30 credits)
- Technology, Security and Global Politics (15 Credits)
- The Science and Security of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons (15 credits)
- Responding to Terrorism (15 credits)
- Or choose from a range of optional modules available within the Department of War Studies. Please Note: the optional modules available change each year and are therefore only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process.
At the start of the programme, you will be asked to select several optional modules in preference order. The department will then allocate you the required number of optional credits. Please note, that whilst we endeavour to give all students their top choice preferences, this will not always be possible due to limited spaces on each module.
As a part-time student, in your first year, you will take Terrorism & Counter Terrorism (30 credits). In your second year, you will write your Dissertation (60 credits) and make up the remaining credits from optional modules.
King’s College London reviews the modules offered regularly to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, the modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place for all students who elect to study this module.
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War Studies graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, and the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, and Foreign Policy Fellow.