Taught course

Terrorism Studies and Political Violence

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant disciplines.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence is a 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.
  • Students have the opportunity to apply for a semester abroad at Georgetown University in Washington DC during their second semester.

Teaching format

The course 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.


Each module typically comprises:

  • one-hour lecture per week
  • one-hour tutorial or seminar per week
  • office hours
  • 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
International students
EU: £11,420  Overseas: £23,090

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This postgraduate programme is available on a full-time (1 year) or part-time distance learning (3 years - 5 years) basis.See distance learning option for more information.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 46 1940