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University of Salford, Full Time Masters Degrees in Politics & Government

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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. Read more
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.

Format

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.

Assessment

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

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Intelligence and security issues are at the top of the political agenda following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 and the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more
Intelligence and security issues are at the top of the political agenda following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 and the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the increased availability of intelligence material means that it is possible to place these issues within their historical context. This course is the longest-running non-governmental postgraduate course in the UK in the area of contemporary intelligence and security issues.

Key benefits:

• Ranked as ‘excellent’ by the Centre for Higher Education Development
• Delivered by experienced staff
• A pertinent and engaging subject with real-world relevance.

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

Suitable for

This course is suitable if you are seeking to go into intelligence and security-related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as those already engaged in such professions who seek to enhance their career prospects through further qualifications. This course also provides excellent foundations for those who wish to pursue a PhD.

Programme details

The course comprises of one core module and several optional modules. You can exit the course after the second semester with a Postgraduate Diploma or progress to the Masters by completing the dissertation in semester 3.

Format

The course is taught through a combination of:

• lectures, supported by worksheets, videos, and directed reading
• seminars, which involve activities such as group discussions, case studies and presentations
• guest lectures
• conferences
• Personal supervision

Module titles

• Issues in Intelligence
• Intelligence and Conflict
• Security Networks, Intelligence and Internal Security
• The Secret State
• Digital Criminal Justice
• International Criminal Justice
• Middle East and Terrorism
• Dissertation

Assessment

Module performance is usually assessed by two essays of 3,500 words (50% each). In addition, MA students are required to submit a 14,000 word dissertation.

Career potential

You will develop a wide range of skills on the course (writing, communication, presentation and analytical skills) that are transferable to a variety of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, international or non-governmental organisations, think-tanks and research institutions. You can also pursue further study at doctoral level.

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

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This course will enable you to develop your critical abilities, linking theory and ideologies to policy and practice. You will develop an advanced understanding of social policies in a national and international context. Read more
This course will enable you to develop your critical abilities, linking theory and ideologies to policy and practice. You will develop an advanced understanding of social policies in a national and international context. You will also gain the skills required to carry out a sustained and original piece of critical research if take the full Masters.

During your time with us you can take a community placement, which will enrich your understanding of the impact of social policies.

Key benefits:

• Gain the knowledge and skills to research and evaluate key issues in Social Policy
• Develop contemporary knowledge of Social Policy issues, and draw on the research expertise of the Social Policy team
• Undertake a community placement enabling you to integrate theory and practice, and enhance your personal career profile

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/social-policy

Suitable for

This course is suitable for graduates with a degree in Social Policy, the Social Sciences, or a degree/professional qualification in Housing, Health or Social Welfare, the Voluntary Sector, Citizenship or Comparative Studies.

Programme details

The course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising three 14 week semesters or five 14 week semesters, which can be taken within one or two years respectively.

Format

To accommodate different learning styles a combination of teaching and learning strategies will be used, including:

• Lectures,
• Discussion groups, individual and group tutorials
• Some discussion will be online
• Independent research will enable students to develop investigative skills.
• These strategies will capitalize on the academic and research expertise of the teaching team.

Full-time and part-time students will study together, but part-time students will take longer to complete the degree. You will have access to the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, where you can tap into online resources inlcuding discussion boards.

Module titles

• Social Policy: ideology, theory and practice (30 credits)
• Contemporary Global Issues in Social Policy (30 credits)
• Research Approaches and Methodologies (30 credits)
• Social Policy Community Placement (30 credits)
• Dissertation

Assessment

A mixture of the following:

• Conference paper
• Essay
• Interim Report
• Oral presentation
• Dissertation

Career potential

You will have the knowledge and skills to obtain work that relates to Social Policy within the public, voluntary and private sectors. Students can go on to undertake a PhD and/or develop a research career.

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

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