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IN BRIEF:

  • 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
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course enables you to take full advantage of the unrivalled research expertise of staff at the University of Salford in the areas of terrorism and security. It will introduce you to the key issues, concepts and theories of security and terrorism studies at an advanced level and equip you with the analytical tools to systematically assess the phenomenon of terrorism, its increasingly international character, and varying national and international responses to the problem. 

You will apply the concepts and theories of terrorism and security studies to ‘real world’ case studies and critically appraise their relevance for understanding ‘real world’ terrorism and security issues and critically evaluate the interaction between knowledge on security and terrorism issues and policy-making on these issues. On this course, you will gain the opportunity to continue life-long learning through an intellectually challenging programme of academic study, which focuses on topical and increasingly important issues in contemporary world politics.

TEACHING

Teaching

On the Distance-Learning version of this course, the foundation for delivery is BlackBoard, the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).  Using this as a content platform, each module site is organised into weekly packages.  These contain ‘bundles’ of files. These will normally include explanatory text, audio podcasts, directed readings, additional readings, and a variety of internal and external links.  You will also be provided with the lecture notes for the longer lectures in the attendance mode. We also provide you with the opportunity to interact with one another and their tutors through asynchronous discussion boards addressing seminar questions.

For some modules student blogs within the VLE are also used.  Essays are submitted and feedback is provided through our electronic submission system, Turnitin. Interaction with tutors beyond the VLE, such as dissertation supervision, is conducted by telephone and email.

Independent learning

When not engaging with the weekly ‘bundles’, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities. All learning resources and teaching materials are available through VLE (blackboard or its equivalent). The expansion of ebooks and the contemporary nature of terrorism and security studies both mean that students are able to access all necessary materials through LASU without the need for extensive digitization of primary and secondary sources.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment

Assessments are designed in such a way that they make full use of the comparative advantages of the text-based subject area of politics and contemporary history. All assessments consist of written assignments with variations in terms of the length (different word counts for essays) and nature (essays vs. research reports). As a general rule, module performance is assessed through a maximum of two 3,500 word-essays/research reports per module. Some modules feature ‘seminar papers’ in which you will present a draft version of your essays or research reports for discussion by your peers and the module convenor.

In addition, attendance MA students are required to write a 14,000-word dissertation or undertake a Practicum.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates from this course have secured a range of employment relevant to the subject. Alumni work at companies/organisations such as NATO, the British Army, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Airport, the New York Police Department, Abu Dhabi police, Europol, private security companies and the International Criminal Court at the Hague.  Many students undertaking further study in this area will already work in security-related professions, including the military, police, government agencies, international organisations, the legal profession or private security companies. Others might take the course in order to help them get into security-related professions.

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.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The course works with the relevant ‘industry’ in the subject-specific field, such as the military, police, or government agencies. Alumni work at companies/organisations such as NATO, the British Army, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Airport, the New York Police Department, Abu Dhabi police, Europol, private security companies and the International Criminal Court at the Hague, and current students are the main beneficiaries from these existing links.  The course is not a training course for security professionals, but gives professionals an academic foundation and a comprehensive conceptual framework in Security and Terrorism Studies. Our assessments are tailored to academic development – something future employers want – rather than a training programme, though we focus on important transferrable skills.


Visit the Terrorism and Security (MA/PGDip) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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