Taught course

International Security

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class first degree in International Relations or a related discipline; applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The following specialisations are available:

  • Human Rights
  • Drugs and Organised Crime
  • International Relations
  • European Union
  • Russia
  • Middle East

The MSc Programme suite aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of terrorism and political violence, counter-terrorism and intelligence pertaining to modern security issues such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force and violence generally. It will engage with both the war on terror, but also the response to terrorism, militarily, as well as in the intelligence world. The Snowden affair revealed the importance of analysing both the terrorist threat, but also state responses to terrorism, notably the surveillance of its own citizens.

This programme will provide an overview of the concepts and themes pertinent to the study of terrorism, intelligence and security in the contemporary world. It introduces the traditional and new approaches to defining and conceptualising terrorism and intelligence and considers the impact of International Relations (IR) theories upon the subject.

The course is designed to equip the student with the necessary analytical tools to understand and evaluate all aspects of terrorism, intelligence and security in the contemporary world. The issues outlined above lie at the heart of this programme which provides students an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the study of terrorism, intelligence and security and the way they combine to shape the responses of States to threats to security.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Leonard
+44 (0)1382 385026