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Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
2 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Distance learning

Flexible study designed to fit around work or other commitments

Contemporary content

Taught by staff with a wealth of expertise and experience in a wide range of disciplines of global importance

Specialist pathways

Option to gain specific expertise in intelligence

Our MA Terrorism degree is designed specifically for MOD Intelligence personnel.

Terrorism continues to be a global issue in modern society. But how to we equip ourselves best to understand, adapt and identify it? Our MA Terrorism degree will quip you with the skills you need to approach terrorism from a political and contemporary viewpoint, as will as exploring aspects of intelligence and counter terrorism methods that the UK employ as a result. Enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with your fellow students who will bring with them a range of different experiences. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and the opportunity to debate key subjects with fellow students.

The MA Terrorism will take you through a global and a UK stance on terrorism, with insights into intelligence, politics and modern methods of counter terrorism. You can also tailor the course to a topic that interests you, through one of our pathways. You can focus on our Intelligence pathway and gain a deeper insight into the intelligence sectors methods of control and identification.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Terrorism

Course content

This course offers fresh insights by familiarising you with the latest developments in the field and encouraging them to craft their own historical narratives using the skills of the professional historian.

The core modules provide context for research concerns focused on terrorism, research, politics, and contemporary counter terrorism. Your dissertation will be supervised and guided by staff but it is a student-centred piece of independent work. Topics may be drawn from the areas covered in your module selection, or aligned to your personal experience, and your tutors will support you with the development of your research question.

The MA Terrorism degree allows you to specialise in your course through an intelligence pathway route.

  • Intelligence Pathway examines the role of intelligence and terrorism in international relations, explores the establishment and development of intelligence agencies, and critically analyses the relationship between terrorism and modernity and the use of intelligence from the Second World War to the present.


The fees for this programme of study are £4,950.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Counter-Terrorism In The Uk 'War On Terror' 40 credits
Terrorism In Global Politics 40 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Dissertation In International Studies 60 credits
Researching Global Issues 20 credits
Terrorism In The 21St Century 20 credits

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience.

Teaching and assessment


As a distance learning student you will be expected to study independently, but the content of the modules will be provided in a structured manner to support you through the material and to prepare you for your assessments. Support will be available when you need it and you can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environments. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are and whenever works for your. This includes notes, recorded presentations, activities and discussion forums, where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.


During your course you will undertake two different types of assessments, informal assessments (also known as formative) and formal (also known as summative). Your formative assessments are designed to enhance your engagement with the taught content of your modules and to prepare you for your summative assessments. They also provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. Your summative assessments contribute towards your final grade and degree classification and will assess you based on the learning outcomes of your modules. Your summative assessments could include a combination of written assignments, contributions to discussion boards, critical reviews, digital poster presentations and dissertations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


We know that feedback is very important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to enable you to achieve your potential. To ensure that you can benefit from regular feedback, your tutors will provide a combination of written and verbal feedback, on both an individual and general assessment level.

We usually give you feedback on your formative assessments within 20 working days, but the format for the feedback will vary for each module.


We are a research-active department with internationally recognised expertise. This provides our students not only with world-class subject experts, but with considerable levels of research-informed teaching and pedagogical experience as well.

The curriculum design of this MA is structured around core modules which have been developed to reflect the key requirements of the subject discipline of International History as well as the research expertise of each staff member contributing to the delivery of the course.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake your dissertation under the supervision of our expert staff, which provides you an excellent chance to tailor your degree to your area of interest.

For each of your taught modules, you will have specific sessions delivered through our online learning platforms. These engaging and interactive sessions will enable you to benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff and will signpost you to supplementary resources to support the content of the module. These sessions will also be recorded, so you can access the learning material at any time, giving you the freedom to study anywhere and anytime.

In addition to the module content, you will also be able to arrange online meetings with your tutors and dissertation supervisor, to review your progress on the course, to clarify module content, to provide support for assessments and to receive feedback on your work.

Independent learning

In addition to your online sessions, you will be provided with a wealth of additional resources to enable you to experience a rich variety of perspectives and insights to share and discuss with your tutors and fellow students. You will be required to engage with the literature, videos, podcasts, activities and additional resources that will be provided on the virtual learning platform, and use this information to help you complete your formal and informal assessments.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Part-time, distance learning 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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