University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Terrorism Studies and Political Violence

The course develops critical understanding of the concept of terrorism, and political violence and focus on knowledge and understanding of the principal social, and psychological factors that influence the emergence, development, and abandonment of terrorism as a method of waging conflict. It offers an understanding, and critical evaluation of the political context to contemporary terrorism, introduces students to critical assessment of terrorist incidents around the world and examines selected approaches to counter-terrorism, and the development of new responses.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the full-time programme are eligible to apply through routes 1 or 2 while entrants to the part-time programme may also enter through route 3. Route 1: 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant discipline; or other appropriate qualification. Route 2: 2.1 in other degree with the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or equivalent qualification. Route 3: appropriate professional or other relevant experience; evidence of prior learning deemed broadly equivalent to routes 1 or 2; students entering through this route may only take fundamental issues and structures (module 1) in the 1st year and require a pass of at least 13.5 before being allowed to progress to the other modules.

Course modules

Core modules: Fundamental issues and structures; research methods; processes, and responses. 3 elective modules from: Radicalisation in the UK; terrorism and the internet; critical infrastructure protection; advanced qualitative research methods; terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa; terrorism and international law.

Assessment methods

PG Dip: Ongoing coursework only (no dissertation). MLitt: Ongoing coursework and a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time £ 6,510 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 6,510 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 17,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MLitt Part-time £ 3,255 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MLitt Part-time £ 3,255 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months
MLitt Distance learning £ 1,080 per Module (home fees) 30 months
MLitt Distance learning £ 2,850 per Module (overseas fees) 30 months
MLitt Distance learning £ 1,080 per Module (EU fees) 30 months
PgDip Distance learning £ 1,080 per Module (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning £ 2,850 per Module (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning £ 1,080 per Module (EU fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 6,510 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 17,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 6,510 per Academic year (EU fees) 9 months
PgDip Part-time £ 1,080 per Module (home fees) 18 months
PgDip Part-time £ 2,850 per Module (overseas fees) 18 months
PgDip Part-time £ 1,080 per Module (EU fees) 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary
Telephone number: 
01334 462945