Taught course

Terrorism and Political Violence

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

Route 1: A 2.1 honours degree in Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences or relevant discipline from a UK university, its foreign equivalent or other appropriate qualification. Route 2: A 2.1 honours degree from a UK university, its foreign equivalent or other appropriate qualification and the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or equivalent. Route 3: A pass in the Certificate in Terrorism Studies OR EQUIVALENT, appropriate experience with prior learning, and pass of at least 13.5 on Module 1. All applicants must demonstrate how the programme will lead to professional enhancement through a supporting statement.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students may enrol on the MLitt programme which is awarded on completion of a dissertation.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence seeks to develop in students a critical understanding of the concept of terrorism and political violence within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to security studies.

Course highlights

  • Study in Terrorism and Political Violence examines selected approaches to knowledge generation around terrorism and counterterrorism and considers the development of new responses to terrorism and political violence.
  • Students have the opportunity to apply for a semester abroad at Georgetown University in Washington DC during their second semester.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence is a taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of International Relations. The programme is delivered via mixed mode teaching involving traditional teaching methods in the form of lectures and tutorials alongside access to e-teaching facilities including online journals and podcast presentations and interviews by experts in the field.

Over the course of a year, students will take four taught modules followed by a three-month research period culminating in the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation. Assessment comprises coursework including essays and projects.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Distance learning tuition fees

UK/EU: £1,650 per module, £3,270 MLitt dissertation module.
Overseas: £3,400 per module, £6,770 MLitt dissertation module.

Information for international students

Overseas students must achieve a satisfactory result in a recognised test of English Language competence (e.g. IELTS score of 7.0). http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
18 months
distance learning
18+ months


full time
12 months
distance learning
48-60 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 461944