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Terrorism and Political Violence MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Terrorism and Political Violence MSc

This course looks in depth at the concepts and politics surrounding terrorism, political violence and security in the post-Cold-War era. It will provide an understanding of the forces of global politics and develop the skills needed to engage in academic and professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda. With a particular focus on human rights and international conflict, the course strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of the study of international relations.

Key features

Our experienced teaching staff are all active researchers, which means that you will encounter the latest thinking and research.

You will benefit from visiting speakers, which include leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.

You will be fully supported in developing your postgraduate academic skills and will receive one-to-one support and expert supervision in preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in depth.

The extensive list of option modules enables you to tailor the course to your own interests.

What will you study?

You will examine the moral, ethical and legal aspects of the use of violence by both state and non-state groups. You will also focus on politics of the state in the modern world and the wider contexts of ‘globalisation' within which modern violence takes place.

A variety of case studies and your choice of option modules allow you to pursue more-specialist interests. You will also develop your research skills and apply them in your own research project of 15,000 words.


Essays, reports, class presentations, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

From State to Global Politics
Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights

Optional modules

Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
The Theory and Practice of International Relations
Human Rights: Architectures, Actors, Activism
International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State
Strategies for Achieving Human Rights

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Terrorism and Political Violence MSc provides a solid conceptual and theoretical foundation to the study of political violence.
The course places extra emphasis on developing your research skills which will be a valuable addition to your CV.
Option modules allow you to tailor the course to your own interests.
The dissertation gives you the chance to study under expert supervision an area of interest in greater depth.
Teaching staff are research-active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.
You also benefit from our series of visiting speakers, which has included presentations by leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.
The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.
This course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in current affairs. It can help you start or promote a career in areas such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), inter-governmental organisations or journalism.
It also provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD-level study in fields such as international relations, politics, development studies or history.
This course is available on a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Terrorism and Political Violence MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree or relevant non-certified learning or an appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall.

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