Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security MA
Coventry University (Coventry)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Study level: Postgraduate
This interdisciplinary course is concerned with the threats posed by terrorism and international crime to national and global governance, human rights and ethics.
- Since the end of the Cold War there has been a growing awareness of the changing nature of security threats facing individuals, communities and states worldwide. With intensifying economic, political, cultural and military globalisation, there is now a heightened awareness of terrorism and international crime.
- Guest speakers and field trips are an integral part of the course, which include visits to the counter-crime, counter terrorism and counter modern slavery organisations2.
- Previous students have been able to work on placements with the local police forces, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations within Europe, including the antimafia organisation AddioPizzo in Sicily, Ethicando in Paris, the UN NGO Women’s Federation for World Peace in Geneva, the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, CISS (International Cooperation South-South) in Italy, and Chatham House in London.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
The course has been designed to reflect the changing perceptions of international relations in the 21st century. It puts the twin threats of the ‘war on terror’ and transnational organised crime into context with modern societies facing broader challenges, including economic inequality, environmental pollution, disease, natural disasters, state collapse and racial or religious tensions.
- Research-informed teaching will be delivered by our many experts on peacekeeping, foreign policy, criminal mafias, security and policing, which includes a current Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a senior security adviser to the British government’s stabilisation unit and the academic responsible for pioneering the study of mafias within UK universities.
- Our academic expertise is complemented by the input of international security practitioners. You can benefit from interaction with professionals such as counter-crime and counter-terrorism experts, police officers, judicial prosecutors, diplomats and NGO workers. You will also have opportunities to attend workshops at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, travel to Sicily to study the mafia and anti-mafia organisations in situ or study organised crime in Costa Rica. Overseas fieldtrips are optional and subject to a student top-up fee, and meeting any applicable visa requirements2.
- The interdisciplinary approach of this course provides transferrable skills valued by employers and has helped former students secure a broad range of employment worldwide, as civil servants, diplomats, journalists, military and police offers, NGO leaders and security professionals, for example. It also includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional Development. Students who successfully complete the CMI module will also gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting.
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.
More than just a degree
Studying in Coventry university has been one of the best decisions I have made. My course director makes sure everyone is supported. All our lectures are carried out professionally even though they were online.
What you'll study
The key themes of this Master’s degree are addressed in the three core subjects: international organised crime, international terrorism and threats to global security.
Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) module.
Part-time students split the full-time course across two years of study, taking at least one module per semester. The Critical Thinking module must be taken in the first semester of enrolment. Dissertation must be submitted in the final semester of enrolment.
Critical Thinking – 15 credits
The aim of the module is to enhance students' critical thinking and to highlight academic good practice. Issues considered are: evidence collection, methods of analysis, research ethics, academic writing, the nature of academic argument, and presentation strategies.
International Organised Crime – 15 credits
This module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of International and Transnational organised crime. If the ‘war on terrorism’ has become the paramount concern since 9/11, the struggle against organised and trans-national crime is becoming a parallel defining security theme of the Twenty First Century. The problem of organised crime is growing throughout the world and crimes such as human and drugs trafficking, money laundering, prostitution, illegal arms trading are all sources of concern for government worldwide.
International Terrorism – 15 credits
This module seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues surrounding contemporary international terrorism. This specifically includes its different causes and rationales, the relationship that it has to other forms of violence and social protest, the ethical and practical dilemmas surrounding terrorism, and the response of states and international organisations to international terrorism.
Trafficking in Human Beings – 15 credits
This module seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues surrounding trafficking in human beings. This specifically includes an understanding of the definition of trafficking in human beings and that trafficking is a process that can occur over a period of time. It will examine the phenomenon of trafficking putting it into a modern context and outline the problems, both within the UK and internationally, it will also consider differences and inter relationship with people smuggling.
Corruption in the International System – 15 credits
Governance, economic development, private sector trading, international security and sport are all impacted by the consequences of corruption. This module addresses the causes and impacts of corruption in the international system and engages in the critical debate on counter-corruption activities with concern to the effectiveness, practicality, and ethicality of these approaches.
Counter-Terrorism and State Security – 15 credits
This module seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues surrounding contemporary counter-terrorism policies. Module members will evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of competing approaches to combatting terrorism.
Changing Character of War and Terrorism – 15 credits
This module is designed to provide the foundations of the theory and the praxis of war. Students attending this module will be introduced to the key concepts of, and will be encouraged to critically assess, past, present and future issues of violent conflicts, defence policies of great powers and relate them to the global political context of the 21st century.
International Security Praxis – 15 credits
Students can attend a series of workshops given by visiting international security practitioners, alongside visiting UK international security institutions. It aims to translate how academic knowledge and ideas translate into ‘real world’ security practice.
Leading Diverse Workforces – 10 credits
This CMI1 module aims to provide students with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way whatever the Master’s degree of specialisation they elect to follow.
Dissertation – 50 credits
The project builds on the knowledge accumulated by previous modules. Students will complete a substantive piece of individual research into a topical issue from within their discipline. Students will be expected to draw upon the knowledge acquired, and the intellectual, technical and analytical skills developed during their programme. The module also provides an opportunity for students to develop their interests in a particular area and to demonstrate an ability to undertake individual independent research.
Second year for part-time students only.
Part-time students split the full-time course across two years of study, taking at least one module per semester. 7011HUM Critical Thinking must be taken in the first semester of enrolment. Dissertation must be submitted in the final semester of enrolment.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
On the full-time course, during each of the first two semesters, we will teach four modules designed to establish the core agenda of the programme, alongside pertinent research skills. In Semester Three, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation and complete the CMI course. All modules are assigned 15 credits, except dissertation (50 credits) and the CMI module (10 credits).
The topics included in the course are delivered as interactive and multimedia workshops. They blend case studies, practical illustrations and theoretical analysis. Each session is designed to encourage interaction and debate.
Teaching contact hours
In a typical week you will have up to 11 ‘contact’ hours of teaching and directed study2. This generally breaks down as follows:
- Large group teaching: 4 hours of plenary workshops each week.
- Small/medium group teaching: 4 hours of group workshops each week.
- Tutorials and directed study: 3 hours each week
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include individual coursework and group work, submitted as essays, reports, oral presentations, visual essays and even the option of creative writing. There are no exams on the course.
International experience opportunities
Attracting students from many different European, African, Asian and American (North and South) countries, this course offers a multicultural learning experience of diverse cultures and values, which will better prepare you to work in an increasingly globalised job market.
Students will also have access to international learning experiences via course related optional fieldtrips4, and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities (past examples include webinars with the University of Costa Rica, the University of Buenos Aires and with the South International Cooperation organisation in Sicily).
Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant experience’ that would count, or ‘academic discipline’ that would qualify, please contact us using our online form for UK students.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Fees and funding
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK||£10,600 per year||Not available|
|International||£16,950 per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
We provide a series of specialist workshops, delivered by experienced practitioners including ambassadors, UN weapons inspectors, chief constables, antimafia judges and anti-trafficking and smuggling officers.
Your learning experience where this can take place, is in the brand new Arts and Humanities building, which is planned to open at the end of 20224.
The Lanchester Library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.
Our refurbished Jaguar Centre has been specifically designed to provide facilities and services to support our postgraduate students including: social spaces, computer suites and separate areas for small group study.
TheHub is the centre of student campus life. It's also home to: The Health and Wellbeing Centre, The Spirituality and Faith Centre, The Tank Studio, The Careers and Add+vantage Office and the Enterprise Hub.
Careers and opportunities
On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:
- The nature of terrorism, its evolution and role in the changing world order.
- The threat of organised crime in the changing world order.
- The changing international environment and the threats posed to global security.
- The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
You will be able to:
- Evaluate the different perspectives and approaches used in the study of terrorism, organised crime and global security.
- Demonstrate awareness of, and sensitivity to, differing international environments and the impact that these have on terrorism, international crime and global security.
- Apply advanced research skills, identify appropriate sources and methods, take personal responsibility and demonstrate initiative in dealing with complex and unpredictable environments.
- Demonstrate advanced analytical and evaluative skills to construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments.
- Exhibit advanced problem-solving skills, tackling complex issues both independently and as part of a team.
Employers are looking for individuals with the ability to work across different cultures, to manage teams and possess problem-solving and critical analysis skills.
The CMI accredited1 module can help to set you apart in a competitive job market. You will gain practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that you will experience in your future organisations.
We encourage you to gain first-hand experience through volunteering and placement opportunities2. In the past, students have undertaken internships in counter terrorism with the West Midlands Police or antimafia and anti-trafficking grass-root project in Sicily, France and Greece and spent time conducting research in universities abroad, such as the Arab-American University in Jenin, or an antimafia research centre in Palermo.
Where our graduates work
Our graduates have been successful in securing employment in the foreign services of a range of countries from Ethiopia to the UK, as well as working in government departments in Kenya, Nigeria, Gulf States, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Several have gone on to enter the security services in their home country; others have sought careers in international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, or international commerce and business.
Some students are now working with big security firms in different parts of the world, others with NGOs and national police or military forces.
How to apply
Full-time and part-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
For further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time international students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for postgraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
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2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.