Taught course

Security, Terrorism and Insurgency

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related discipline, an equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Drawing on the School’s research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

It will introduce you to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. You will explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counter-terrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond.

You will consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Politics and International Studies
Email
pgpolis@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 113 343 1741