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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Waterloo Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 17-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

Our MA in Terrorism, Security & Society encourages students to examine some of the most challenging issues of our time. It is deliberately designed to encourage a multidisciplinary approach which draws on history, political science, international relations, and sociology. Non-state political violence and terrorism is evolving and growing at a historically unprecedented rate. From the riot at the US Capitol and a resurgence of nationalist violence in America and Europe, to right-wing and jihadist terrorist attacks around the world, the problem is an urgent one. The MA course will not only equip you with a strong theoretical grounding for analysing these issues but also adopts a thematic approach wherein you consider the interaction of social issues within their political and security contexts. You will explore questions such as, why do we manage terrorist offenders in prison? What should be done about extremist content online? How can we mitigate the risk of terrorists using cryptocurrencies? How do we strike an appropriate balance between human rights, privacy, and freedom of expression and conscience?

Course detail

Terrorism and extremism are controversial and politically charged topics on which many people hold a diverse range of views. Politicians, the media, and other influential figures use these terms in ways which often make it difficult to gain an in-depth and objective understanding of what are some of the most pressing issues of our time. Using a range of methods and sources, this course seeks to cut through the agendas and politics to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand, analyse and confront terrorism and extremism. In order to give as complete a picture as possible, the course covers a wide range of topics related to terrorism including radicalisation, cybersecurity, and intelligence. Alongside understanding how terrorist movements emerge and evolve, the second key focus of the course is the range of methods states have used to respond to terrorism, from hard power tactics such as drone strikes, to soft power counter-radicalisation programmes. Students will be introduced to the history of counter-terrorism before looking into and critically assessing more recent examples of how states deal with terrorism both at home and abroad. Whether you are seeking a security-related career in academia, policy or non-governmental organisation, developing an objective understanding of how these threats emerge, evolve and are countered, is a crucial asset. Not only does the course cover established forms of terrorism such as the extreme right and jihadist movements, but through engagement with leading experts and practitioners in the field, students also gain insight into how these and other movements continue to evolve and adapt, acquiring an understanding of the trends and developments that could continue to dominate the terrorism threat landscape for years to come. This MA is based in the Department of War Studies, one of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security. War Studies is an multidisciplinary department and all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in such subjects as the history and evolution of war and grand strategy, arms control and non-proliferation, migration, strategic thought, cyber, conflict and the environment, the influence of science and technology on international security, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia (East and South), Russia and elsewhere.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

King's College London, University of London

  • University League Table

    20th

  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 85 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    192 88%

    4th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    34th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%

    57th

    7

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