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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Terrorism and Insurgency

Programme code:MA-PIED/T&IUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Kingsley Edney 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.

Drawing on the School's research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Teaching links to the Centre for Global Security Challenges. It will introduce students to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. They will explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counter-terrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond.

They will consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East 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.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5512MInsurgency30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth), 1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

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

PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5515MInternational Relations II: Contemporary International Theory30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5580MClimate Security30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5660MEthics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 17/10/2023 10:13:17


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