M.Sc. Terrorism Studies

| London, United Kingdom
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.



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

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Started in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Starting in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee Not specified
Credits The overall credit-rating of this programme is 180 for Masters
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


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.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
Search all Pre-Masters

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

We Are Helping Thousands of Students to Find a University Abroad!

Fortunately enough I was able to find StudyPortals. Right from the start of the application to getting the confirmation of admission I was using StudyPortals.

Sign up for your personal newsletter and we will help you too.

We will send you all the information you need to find your dream study programme!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.