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Terrorism & National Security

Key information

Subject area:

Summer School

Course type:


Credit level:



2 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 17 July 2023 To: 28 July 2023
Application deadline: 31 May 2023

Course overview

Summer School modules are designed to be intensive, intellectually-stimulating short courses. They are taught by King’s academics in academic disciplines where King's has expertise. Classes are very international with students from all around the globe learning together.

Each module is 150 study hours comprising intensive teaching, independent study and group work and is examined to university standards. Comparable to an in-semester 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS, many summer students ask their home institution to award them external credit for their King's summer module to use towards their degree programme when they return home.

What does this course cover?

This module will provide an understanding of the contemporary issues in the study of terrorism and violent extremism. You will explore the main ideologies and motivations, and investigate aspects such as the tactics of terrorist campaigns, international counter-terrorism efforts, policing, as well as the field of CVE (countering violent extremism).

Furthermore, studying on this module will allow you to become familiar with various research strands in the field of terrorism studies that the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) focuses on.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module, the students should have:

  • Gained the knowledge of how to relate theory and models of current developments in terrorism and political violence in the world.
  • Broadened your understanding of the dynamic between ideology and motivation in relation to violent and extreme behaviour.
  • Demonstrated the ability to describe, in written and oral style, some of the questions posed by the challenges to law enforcement and governmental agencies and assess the possible outcomes of these dilemmas.
  • Applied given methods carefully to a well-defined problem and appreciated with insight the complexity of the issues and sensitivity in the discipline of discipline of terrorism studies.

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?


  • Essay 2,000 words (70%)
  • Group Presentation (30%)


What is the teaching schedule?

Taught on-campus 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £2400

Application Fee £60

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