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MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency


Course Description

Drawing on the School’s research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

It will introduce you to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. You’ll explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counterterrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond.

You’ll consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East.

Visit the MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 honours degree in a related discipline, an equivalent professional qualification or relevantexperience. If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS a minimumof 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

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