M.Sc. Terrorism Studies

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,580 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,960 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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We have entered an era where terrorism and the fight against terrorism have become critical issues for society. The MSc Terrorism Studies provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based qualification in this important area. This is a distinctive Masters program that draws on the schools strengths in the area of terrorism, international law, criminology and human rights. The MSc offers a new agenda for theoretical research and policy intervention.

The MSc Terrorism Studies offers candidates an opportunity to engage with critical developments in modern terrorism at several levels. The program will offer a firm grounding in understanding and analysing terrorism, counter-terrorism and transnational criminology. Candidates will also have an opportunity to study specialised subjects such as international policing, international law and the international criminal justice system.

MSc Terrorism Studies at UEL
* First taught MSc specialising on Terrorism Studies in England
* Teaching staff include leading international experts at the cutting edge of research and policy advice.
* Teaching informed by the latest research findings including work which has yet to be published.
* All classes are taught in the evenings to allow those in work to engage with study


Students undertake four modules and a dissertation. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years. Students take three core modules: Critical Perspectives on Terrorism; Critical Perspectives on Counterterrorism; and, Transnational Organised Crime. Candidates choose one module from the following: War and Human Rights; Contemporary Islamic Legal Issues; International Policing Cooperation and Structures; International Law and the Use of Force; Feminist Legal Studies; Current Issues and Research in International Law; and, International Criminal Law. The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be on a subject directly relevant to terrorism or counter-terrorism.

Learning environment
Module Lectures/Seminar/s, workshops and terrorism seminars with external experts, day school, optional placements, external visits by experts and proposed overseas study.

Most are assessed either through coursework or examination. Students take four modules of 30 credits each. The dissertation accounts for 60 credits involving a 15,000 word essay.

Relevance to work/profession
Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas on research specific topics. While classroom presentations can involve joint study and research, the nature of postgraduate research (and concerns over plagiarism) does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.


Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, law, politics, psychology, sociology, etc.). Consideration will also be given for candidates who have relevant work experience (e.g. police work). Candidates with professional experience alone, will initially only be able to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies. If students succeed at the Certificate (i.e. pass the first two modules) then they will be eligible to continue as a Masters level student.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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