M.A. International Security and Terrorism

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,830 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 16,410 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This exciting programme will expose you to issues in international security as well as the specialised field of terrorism.

The course investigates international security and terrorism since the ending of the Cold War, whilst making clear how the issues raised are embedded within the broader field of international relations.

The desire for security and safety has always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of the subject of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure but also what we regard as threatening. In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis for students and those with a professional interest in the subject.

The School of Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham provides an ideal academic environment in which to study international security. The school enjoys a considerable depth of expertise amongst its staff in the subject of security, with a range of internationally renowned specialists in the sub-field of terrorism.

Key facts

* The programme is one of the most popular to be offered by the School of Politics and International Relations, attracting students from all over the world.
* You have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to visit organisations in Brussels and The Hague relevant to your studies.
* The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 ranked the School of Politics and International Relations in the top ten in the UK for research power.


The MA International Security and Terrorism emphasises three elements: the theoretical underpinnings of the study of international security and terrorism, the main empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age and the opportunity to study security and terrorism complexes through optional modules.

Studying this degree will allow you to draw upon a range of modules that will deepen your understanding and develop your own interests.

During the spring semester, the school organises a study tour to some of the key European security organisations. It includes visits to organisations such as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the European Commission in Brussels and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, to which students undertaking the MA in International Security and Terrorism are invited to participate.

Your studies will culminate in the research and writing of a 15,000-word dissertation. You will register your dissertation on a subject of your choice and will be allocated a dissertation supervisor to oversee your progress.

The MA International Security and Terrorism can be studied on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.

Teaching is spread across two semesters: autumn, which begins in September and ends in January, and spring, which begins in January and ends in June. The summer months between June and September are spent writing a dissertation.

The MA consists of 180 credits - 120 credits from modular taught study and 60 credits from the completion of a dissertation of around 15,000 words in length.

Assessment is typically by a mixture of coursework and examination, both of which will usually be assessed in the semester in which the module is taught.

Modules are offered usually as 20 or 15 credit versions.


* Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
* IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
* Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:62 (minimum 55)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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