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MA / PG Dip Terrorism and Security

Course Description

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.

Key benefits:

• Learn from experts in global security and strategy who have published extensive research in respected political and historical journals
• Develop a deep insight into global terrorism and security at a time of great change and uncertainty following the Arab Spring
• Study modules dealing with various aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and security strategies

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/terrorism-and-security

Course Structure

During your time with us, you will examine a wide range of topics in depth, 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 other state-led efforts to achieve and maintain security.


If studying by attendance you will be taught through one three-hour session per week for each module. These sessions consist of introductory lectures and seminar discussions.

Distance learning modules are run via BlackBoard, the virtual learning environment. Each week a podcast lecture will be provided, as will 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.

Semester 1

Core Module:

• Terrorism: Threat and Response (30 credits)

One optional module from the following (30 credits):

• Security Networks, Intelligence and Internal Security (30 credits)
• International Political Economy (30 credits)
• International Relations Theory (30 credits)

Semester 2

Optional modules of up to 60 credits:

• The Middle East and Terrorism (30 credits)
• Security Networks, Intelligence and Internal Security (30 credits)
• The Secret State: Domestic Security in Britain, 1883-2012 (30 credits)

Semester 3

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.


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 120 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.

Career Prospects

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA / PG Dip Terrorism and Security page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

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