Taught course

Terrorism Studies

University of East London · School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Candidates should possess a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline: for example, criminology, law, politics, psychology, sociology or a similar field. Consideration will also be given to candidates who have relevant work experience (eg, police work). Candidates with professional experience alone, will initially only be able to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies. If students succeed at the Certificate (i.e. pass the first two modules) then they will be eligible to continue as a Masters level student.

Months of entry


Course content

Terrorism and the fight against terrorism have become critical issues for society. Drawing on the Law School's strengths and expertise in terrorism, international law, criminology and human rights, this programme offers a new agenda for theoretical research and policy intervention and an opportunity to engage with critical developments in modern terrorism. It also provides a firm grounding in understanding and analysing terrorism, counter-terrorism and transnational criminology.

Students undertake four modules and a dissertation. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years. Students take three core modules: Critical Perspectives on Terrorism; Critical Perspectives on Counterterrorism; and, Transnational Organised Crime. Candidates choose one module from the following: War and Human Rights; Contemporary Islamic Legal Issues; International Policing Cooperation and Structures; International Law and the Use of Force; Feminist Legal Studies; Current Issues and Research in International Law; and, International Criminal Law. The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be on a subject directly relevant to terrorism or counter-terrorism.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333