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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency

Programme code:MA-SEC/T&IUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Hugh Dyer Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language in line with current POLIS requirements

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

POLIS MA Examination Board

Programme specification:

This programme introduces students to all aspects of contemporary international security. It includes the structure of global security, relations between the major powers, approaches to the study of arms control and nuclear deterrence, contemporary issues in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the evolving nature of inter-state warfare, international crisis regions, the "new wars" involving non-state actors and the relationship between development and security as well as legal approaches to the use of force.

Students should acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history of terrorism since World War II, of modern insurgency and other sub-state conflicts, and theoretical and practical approaches to counterinsurgency, with in-depth knowledge of the cases of Iraq and Afghanistan.

By the end of the programme students should:

- Possess an in-depth knowledge and mastery of Security, Terrorism and Insurgency as a tool of analysis and critique.
- Demonstrate mastery in the use of generic and specialised research techniques in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency.
- Communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal form.
- Possess the capacity to conduct in-depth and sustained independent enquiry in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency.
- Possess the capacity to evaluate and criticise existing research in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency.

Progression rules for all POLIS MA programmes

1) Proceed to dissertation:
Students can proceed straight to dissertation if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in a minimum of 90 credits (including all compulsory modules for that programme) AND if they have an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. If there are any failed modules then one re-sit opportunity per failed module will be offered.

2) Proceed to dissertation suspended until 1) achieved:
Students who achieve 50% or above in a minimum of 60 but fewer than 90 credits will be suspended from progressing to dissertation until after their re-sits have been taken and the criteria in 1) have been achieved. Once the student has achieved the criteria in 1) they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity which is usually in the next academic year.

3) Cannot proceed to dissertation or MA, re-registered on PG Diploma:
Students will not be allowed to proceed to dissertation or the MA, and will subsequently be re-registered on the PGDip if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in fewer than 60 credits. There will be one re-sit opportunity offered for each failed module for a maximum award of a PGDiploma to be obtained.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5512MInsurgency30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5384MThe Politics of Brexit30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5578MTheoretical Approaches in International Relations30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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