Research course

Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society
MA by research

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experiences will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of an ability to follow instruction in English this is normally 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

This course starts in September 2017.

Since the Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States in September 2001, there has been a dramatic shift in the nature, study and practices of global politics. Against a background of intensifying economic, political, cultural and military globalisation, there is now a heightened awareness of terrorism and international crime as threats to global security.

The Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security MA degree identifies the features of these respective threats and explores the challenges to national and global governance, human rights and ethics, criminality and regionalism. This course examines the character of these contemporary global threats, considers specific case studies, and contributes to the debate over how to respond intellectually and in practical policy to these major threats to global security in the post-9/11 world.

Why choose this course?

  • Provides learners with an integrated security perspective;
  • Combines traditional militarised security concerns with contemporary threats of terrorism, international crime, and non-traditional security;
  • Provides the opportunity to develop the necessary analytical tools to critically explore the global security environment of the new century;
  • Among the first course of its kind to offer an integrated approach to studying the increasingly prevalent themes of terrorism, international crime and global security;
  • You will obtain a critical awareness of the complex and inter-connected diplomatic, legal and economic dimensions of these threats, as well as an understanding of counter-terrorist and counter-crime policies, strategies and operational responses at local, national and global levels.

What will I learn?

This dynamic and innovative course is aimed at both UK and international students and offers the opportunity to be studied on a full-time and part-time basis. Field trips are an integral part of the course, which will include visits to EU agencies and international NGOs.

The Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security MA degree course is among the first of its kind to offer an integrated approach to studying terrorism, international crime and global security. UK and International Competitive internships will be offered to the most motivated students.

The course comprises three mandatory topics designed to establish the core agenda of the course in terrorism, international crime and global security, and six core-option subjects from which you must study at least two.

The topics included in the course are delivered as interactive and multimedia workshops. They blend case studies, practical illustrations and theoretical analysis. Each session is designed to encourage interaction and debate. This concept is equally applicable to the numerous extra-curricular activities organised to complement the subjects.

Within all sessions, we draw on our own research experience and this ensures some lively debates and reassurance that there is no ‘right way’ of undertaking research. The course team ensures that you have extensive tutorial access to discuss your relationship with the course’s subject matter and their own intellectual development and to provide structure to their studies.

Indicative course content

The key themes of this Masters degree are addressed in courses three core subjects:

  • international organized crime
  • international terrorism
  • threats to global security

You then have the opportunity to supplement these compulsory subjects with optional units, broadening your understanding of the concept of global security. Typical choices include:

  • counter crime and terrorism (study trip)
  • governance for security in the developing world
  • post-colonial African politics
  • gender and international human rights
  • case study: analysing primary sources
  • trafficking in human beings.

In parallel to studying the above subjects, students also design, research and write a 15,000 word Masters dissertation addressing a topic of their own choice.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The MA in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security is designed for those seeking to put current security debates into some sort of academic context. In terms of career advancement, the course offers generic skills and professional development that have seen past graduates go on to jobs within:

  • international NGOs
  • civil service
  • private sector
  • management
  • journalism

In this sense, the degree is not designed to promote any one specific vocation. However, the issues studied would be of particular interest to those wishing to start, or advance, a career in:

  • the armed forces
  • the police force
  • international agencies such as the United Nations or the European Union
  • other international NGOs

Global leaders programme

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for futher details on the Global Leaders Programme.

Information for international students

To find an enquiry form for international students, visit our website.

Contact us on +44 (0) 24 7765 2152

Fees and funding

UK students
January 2017 start - £5,799 | May 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212
International students
January 2017 start - £11,280 | May 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321