Political Violence and Radicalisation Studies - MSc

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Why study this course?

This MSc degree will provide you with the analytical understanding and knowledge to lead the agenda for prevention of two of the world's most pressing issues, the politics of violence and radicalisation at the national and global scale.

University experts in politics, sociology, criminology and international relations will critically instruct you on current policies and social practices related to national and global scenarios of violence and radicalisation.

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This course looks in-depth at the concepts and politics surrounding terrorism, political violence and security worldwide. It provides an understanding of the forces of global politics and develops the skills needed to engage in academic and professional discussions that are shaping the international agenda on violence and radicalisation. With a particular focus on human rights and international conflict, the course strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of the study of international relations.

You'll be able to develop a specialism in a field that interests you, including politics and international relations, women's studies, conflict resolution and contemporary issues in sociology and criminology.

We invite visiting professors and experts in criminology and international relations to the University to share their expertise. These guest visits complement the knowledge of our academics, who are actively engaged in research in fields including street crime, gangs and police body cameras. Their expertise will support you when undertaking your dissertation.

Research on political violence and radicalisation is a growing concern for academia. The crisis of violence, corruption, terrorism and security in regions such as Latin America, Africa and the Far East guarantee the need of specialists and professionals in political violence and radicalisation worldwide. On graduation you'll be at the cutting-edge of these issues globally, regionally and nationally.


You'll be assessed through coursework and a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. The dissertation forms a key element of your master's degree and allows you to gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen topic.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a relevant discipline such as criminology, politics, international development or social and behavioural sciences

Applications are also welcome from those who have experience in criminal justice or possess relevant professional qualifications.

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.

Accelerated study

You may also be accepted on the basis of relevant education and experience. Accredited prior learning can also be accepted for modules in a relevant subject.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Perspectives on Radicalisation (core)
  • Counter-radicalisation Strategies (core)
  • Gender and Political Violence (core) 
  • Criminological Research Methods (alternative core)
  • Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions (alternative core)
  • Dissertation Political Violence and Radicalisation (core)
  • Religion and International Relations (optional)
  • Human Security (optional)
  • Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions (optional)
  • Cybercrime and Cyber Security (optional)
  • Explaining Violence (optional)
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (optional) 
  • Crime, Risk and Early Intervention (optional)
  • Crime Control and Community Safety (optional)

After the course

As a graduate in Political Violence and Radicalisation MSc you'll be prepared for a future career in the national diplomatic services, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international political support organisations, journalism, teaching, higher education, the armed forces or public sector management.

You'll also be able to continue to study at PhD level and gain the knowledge, understanding and skills applicable to teaching and research in the field.

If you're already engaged in a related occupation, you'll benefit from academic contextualisation with which to understand and evaluate the complexity of varied agencies, departments and policies related to the politics of violence and radicalisation.

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to gain alternative qualifications based on the number of modules you complete. The qualifications and requirements are as follows:

  • PG Certificate in Political Violence and Radicalisation Studies (60 credits) – two core and one alternative core modules
  • PG Diploma in Political Violence and Radicalisation Studies (120 credits) – four taught core and two optional modules
  • MSc in Political Violence and Radicalisation Studies (180 credits) – five core and two optional modules

Additional costs

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

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

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

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