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Security and Terrorism Law (distance learning) - MA

Why study this course?

This Security and Terrorism Law (Distance Learning) MA degree will introduce you to the various mechanisms used in law to address security and counter-terrorism issues. It is designed to help improve your career if you already work in security, intelligence or policing. Issues you'll explore include security, policing and counter-terrorism in conjunction with international law, human rights law and counter-terrorism law. This course is run in collaboration with IBC Academy and our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety.

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Taught in collaboration with IBC Academy, the Security and Terrorism Law (Distance Learning) MA degree is led by experts in the fields of security, policing and counter-terrorism.

The course will provide you with an introduction to international law including current issues, methodologies and institutions such as the United Nations and The International Court of Justice.

Throughout the degree, you’ll explore legal methods, arguments and concepts to develop both written and oral legal skills. This will include an introduction to law textbooks, journal articles, statutes and case law.

We’ll encourage you to develop a thorough and systematic knowledge of the main principles of law in the security and terrorism arena. This will enable you to evaluate and contribute to the process by which this specialist law is upheld.

Throughout the course, you'll discover how national, regional and international law interacts with each other. This will help you develop your knowledge of how to work with different legal principles, including case law, statutes and international conventions. You can find further information about this course on IBC Academy's website.

Successful completion of the Security and Terrorism Law MA will provide you with an excellent foundation for employment or career progression in legal areas concerned with security and counter-terrorism.


You're assessed throughout the course with essays and your final year will culminate in a dissertation. Many of the modules have two essay assessments, with the first providing formative feedback for the second essay. The coursework will be submitted online.

Professional accreditation

The course carries no formal accreditation, but the course team is in touch with The Security Institute (SI), a key regulatory body. The SI accredits industry professionals, so studying a course the Institute supports will reflect well on your CV.

You will be required to have:

  • either a relevant first degree (such as a degree in criminology, social or political sciences), specific experience related to crime and security (such as police or military work) or a relevant professional qualification

In some circumstances, applicants who do not possess the standard entry qualifications may be permitted to enrol on the course at the discretion of the course leader.

Applications are welcomed from overseas students. All applications are considered on individual merit, without regard to gender, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules include:

  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • International Law and International Human Rights Law
  • Theory and Practice of Modern Diplomacy
  • Community Policing Responses to Terrorism and Radicalisation
  • Military and Security Responses to Counter-Terrorism
  • International Security and Terrorism Law
  • Dissertation

There are career opportunities in security and intelligence, and in diplomatic or policy arenas associated with this, particularly in the legal sector. This includes working with major international companies performing due diligence work.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Applications for this course are processed via our partner IBC Academy. You should not apply to London Metropolitan University directly as you can only apply via IBC Academy.

When you apply, you’ll need to submit:

  • proof of your prior qualifications
  • your CV
  • a scanned copy of your passport and proof of payment of the application fee

These can all be uploaded via the online application form.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there is space available on the course.

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