Taught course

Terrorism and Political Violence

Kingston University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

One or more of the following:

  • A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree.
  • Relevant non-certified learning.
  • An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

We consider applications on an individual basis, on merit. We look at academic credentials alongside prior experience and evidence of commitment to the course of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course looks in depth at the concepts and politics surrounding terrorism, political violence and security in the post-Cold-War era. It will provide an understanding of the forces of global politics and develop the skills needed to engage in academic and professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda. With a particular focus on human rights and international conflict, the course strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of the study of international relations.

Key features

  • Our experienced teaching staff are all active researchers, which means that you will encounter the latest thinking and research.
  • You will benefit from visiting speakers, which include leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.
  • You will be fully supported in developing your postgraduate academic skills and will receive one-to-one support and expert supervision in preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in depth.
  • The extensive list of option modules enables you to tailor the course to your own interests.

What will you study

You will examine the moral, ethical and legal aspects of the use of violence by both state and non-state groups. You will also focus on politics of the state in the modern world and the wider contexts of ‘globalisation' within which modern violence takes place.

A variety of case studies and your choice of option modules allow you to pursue more-specialist interests. You will also develop your research skills and apply them in your own research project of 15,000 words.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Fees and funding

Please see www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for further details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929