University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Radicalisation and Resistance

The programme will introduce students to the problems of governance and resistance to power in the contemporary world, in which religious and ethnic radicalisation seems an ever present threat to security in the West and stability in much of the rest of the world. Incorporating political, social, cultural and religious radicalisation and resistance, the course will explore the roots of the 2 concepts, the diverse contexts in which they have emerged, the key movements and actors, state responses, and the challenges radicalisation and resistance present both for contemporary regimes and the future of state-society relations. The programme will, therefore, provide students with the analytical tools to analyse and understand radicalization and alternative forms of resistance to power.

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional experience. The English language requirement is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).

Course modules

Core modules: Radicalisation and resistance; advanced social theory; qualitative sociology (philosophy and methods); dissertation. Optional modules: Global conflict and peace processes; post-conflict justice and peacebuilding; refugees and displacement studies; critical approaches to sex, gender, violence; or an appropriate postgraduate module from within the School of Social Science.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary from course to course and include essays, reports, exercises and presentations. Courses are generally 100% continuous assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 13,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,000 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Postgraduate Secretary, School of Social Science
Telephone number: 
01224 272762