Taught course

Terrorism and Security

University of Salford · School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in Politics, History, Sociology, Criminology or related social science and humanities subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)- The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study Terrorism and Security at Salford:

  • Learn from experts in global security and strategy who have published extensive research in respected political and historical journals
  • Develop a deep insight into global terrorism and security at a time of great change and uncertainty following the Arab Spring
  • Study modules dealing with various aspects of terrorist and counter-terrorist strategy, and the role of the media in shaping public opinion.

Course Summary

Terrorism and security issues are at the top of the political agenda in many countries. And this exciting and unique course gives you the opportunity to study these issues in depth, in a dynamic and stimulating academic environment.

During your time with us, you will examine a wide range of topics, including terrorist groups and their strategies and counter-terrorism policies in the US, UK, EU, Israel and Arab world. Plus you will choose from optional modules on subjects including:

  • Security studies
  • UK and US intelligence
  • International Relations Theory
  • International Political Economy.

Suitable For

The professional relevance and topicality of this course will make it attractive to those considering or currently engaged in careers in the civil service, the armed forces, research and teaching, international or non-governmental organisations, and the media. The course also provides excellent foundations for those who wish to pursue a PhD.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you are interested in deepening your understanding of the debates on the causes and current manifestations of terrorism and other high-profile contemporary security challenges. You will need to be open to engage with a wide variety of academic perspectives. You will develop your ability to critical assess the relationship between terrorism and the media as well as the broader ramification and effectiveness of various state responses.

Information for international students

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 5.5) as proof of this.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014-15

Full-time £5,610

Full-time International £11,090

Full-time PgDip £5,100

Distance Learning £2,295 for Year 1

International Distance Learning £1,848 per 30 credits

Fees 2015-16

Full-time £6,000

Part-time £1,000 per 30 credits

Full-time International £11,310

Full-time PgDip £4,000

Distance Learning £1000 per 30 credits for year 1

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

For more information please see our funding section

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (14000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 295 4545