Taught course

Security, Terrorism and Insurgency

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency addresses the phenomenon of terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This course provides you with the opportunity to study theoretical approaches to terrorism, and assess empirical data on a wide range of terrorist groups and networks. You will examine the response of the liberal state to these types of threat, and analyse terrorism in relation to the contemporary international system.

You will cover the politics and strategies of terrorism, the structure and dynamic of terrorist groups and terror group operations, the technologies and tactics of terrorist groups and investigate state and non-state terror.

The programme allows you to consider national liberation movements during the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict and terrorism in the Middle East, urban terror in Western Europe and radical Islam. You will also analyse the emergence of Al-Quaeda, global terror networks and the threat of weapons of mass destruction, alongside the efforts to counter terrorism, in particular, the US-led 'war on terror'.

For information please contact the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) Admissions Team.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of Politics and International Studies offers six partial fee scholarships to international students studying a masters in the School. Find out more.

The University also has scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. Find out more at http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)113 343 6843