Taught course

Terrorism and Society

University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme explores phenomena of terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors, the implications of these for the security of individuals, societies, states and the international system, as well as the measures taken by states to deter terrorism and political violence.

You will be introduced to theories from across the Social Sciences that help us better understand these phenomena. The teaching on the programme will take a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, group discussion, and more innovative formats including simulated tribunals, special commissions and parliamentary-style debates.

Students can select from a wide range of modules from the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

Course structure

Full-time students complete the MA in Terrorism and Society over 12 months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.

The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.

The programme is also offered in a two-year 120 ECTS credit format (comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation) and as a Postgraduate Diploma (comprising six taught modules only) worth 120 Kent credits (60 ECTS credits). Both the 120 ECTS credit version and the Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages at Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our funding pages for the most current information and how to apply.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)1227 827307