Taught course

Terrorism Studies and Political Violence

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

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Entry requirements

Students are required to have at least one of the following qualifications for entry to the programme:

  • A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant discipline
  • A good 2.1 Honours degree in any other discipline; successful applicants from other disciplines will likely receive a conditional offer should they be unable to provide evidence of relevant professional experience or prior knowledge
  • Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications

Months of entry


Course content

The Distance Learning MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence is a part-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations.


  • 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.
  • The programme utilises both e-learning technologies as well as traditional teaching methods.

Teaching format

The course is delivered through mixed-mode teaching, which involves online tutorials alongside e-lectures.

Students will take four taught modules followed by a year-long research period finishing in the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation for the award of MLitt. Assessment comprises coursework including essays and projects.

Students who wish to exit the programme with a PGDip in Terrorism and Political Violence will not be required to undertake the dissertation element.

Online tutorial support includes:

  • regular web conferencing
  • direct email contact with tutors
  • podcasts of interviews with area experts
  • access to course materials, including electronic journals.

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


Each module typically comprises:

  • two one-hour tutorials per month plus advertised office hours
  • a minimum of eight hours of coursework per week
  • 100% coursework assessment.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
UK and EU: £1,900 per module, £3,820 MLitt dissertation module.
International students
Overseas: £3,850 per module, £7,690 MLitt dissertation module.

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    part time
    36-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 1940