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Terrorism, Security & Society MA

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Our MA in Terrorism, Security & Society encourages students to examine some of the most challenging issues of our time. It is deliberately designed to encourage a multidisciplinary approach which draws on history, political science, international relations, and sociology. Non-state political violence and terrorism is evolving and growing at a historically unprecedented rate. From the riot at the US Capitol and a resurgence of nationalist violence in America and Europe, to right-wing and jihadist terrorist attacks around the world, the problem is an urgent one. The MA course will not only equip you with a strong theoretical grounding for analysing these issues but also adopts a thematic approach wherein you consider the interaction of social issues within their political and security contexts. You will explore questions such as, why do we manage terrorist offenders in prison? What should be done about extremist content online? How can we mitigate the risk of terrorists using cryptocurrencies? How do we strike an appropriate balance between human rights, privacy, and freedom of expression and conscience?

Key benefits

  • Provides an advanced foundation and comprehensive understanding of relevant issues in the field of security studies, as well as an overview of the theories and paradigms related to the concepts of terrorism and counter terrorism, enabling students to undertake further research or enter into careers targeted at understanding these issues.
  • Develops and nurtures the intellectual and analytical skills of each student enabling you to conceptualise theories, approaches and problems, gather information, critically analysing the data and information, critically evaluate risk management options, and develop reflexive counter terrorism strategies.
  • Our unique course is valued by governments and employers across the world because it prompts you to think about these issues in a creative and interconnected way.
  • An opportunity to be taught by members of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), in the Department of War Studies, which is a global centre of excellence that enjoys close relationships with other academic institutions, think-tanks, nongovernmental organisations and policy- making bodies around the world. There are also occasional opportunities for internships and research assistant roles for students.
  • The course enhances your knowledge about relevant careers and opportunities in the field, exposing you to a range of practitioners who help bridge the gap between academia and industry. Many graduates enjoy careers that take them overseas.
  • Students pursue a variety of careers, including in government agencies to combat the terrorist threat, in the tech industry combatting extremist content online and looking at how terrorists use technology. Students have gone on to work for companies such as Google, Facebook, Palantir, Dataminr, and Graphika.
  • Students have pursued research careers at universities and within think tanks including institutions like RUSI, the International Institute for Security Studies and Chatham House.
  • Within the corporate sector, students have joined political risk firms, providing insights to commercial clients about rapidly evolving terrorist situations and political instability.
  • In addition to the academic grounding this MA will provide, we also have a strong practitioner focus with guest lectures and talks from leading figures in social media companies, politics, law enforcement, intelligence, and civil society, as well as government ministers, ambassadors and generals.
  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages and excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are close to the seat of government, the City of London, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.
Alexandra

My degree from King’s equipped me with the skillset I needed for all of the positions I’ve held since graduating. The insights I gained though analysing extremist propaganda in courses such as Homegrown Radicalisation proved fundamental in my various positions in cyber intelligence and as a Research Associate.

Alexandra, Alumni

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Employability

War Studies graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

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Employability

War Studies graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

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