International Law, Security and Terrorism MA
This exciting interdisciplinary programme is offered in collaboration with the School of Politics and International Relations, providing an in-depth study of international law, security and terrorism.
The course allows students to explore key legal and political issues in contemporary security as they relate to warfare, conflict and terrorism, to place conflict and security issues and events within a legal and political context and to understand the relationship between law and politics in international relations. It will also assist with the analysis of the justifications, causes and consequences of war, conflict and terrorism, including the legal and political responses available to deal with international security threats.
The School of Law and School of Politics and International Relations are also home to a number of research centres and institutions. These offer talks, seminars, conferences, research opportunities and film series to complement learning, with students being actively encouraged to become involved. Experts from outside of the University also talk on topics of international significance, offering the opportunity for scholarly debate.
- The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
- The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
- We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic
This course can be taken on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time within a maximum of four years. Part-time students ordinarily complete the programme within two years.
Students are required to complete a total of 120 taught credits, made up of modules offered by both the School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations. Once the taught stage has been passed, students will proceed to a 60-credit researched dissertation.
It is expected that the dissertation will have an inter-disciplinary focus; however students have the opportunity to elect whether to undertake the dissertation with the School of Law or the School of Politics and International Relations, depending upon the most appropriate fit.
The two specialised core modules, 'Terrorism and Insurgencies' (Politics and IR) and 'The Law of War and Peace' (Law), will explore the central themes presented in a study of international law, security and terrorism and form the basis of study on this course.
Students are also able to choose from a number of optional modules which cover a range of legal and political topics. The timing and types of assessment used will vary from module to module.
Core modules from the School of Law
- The Law of War and Peace
Core modules from the School of Politics and International Relations
- Terrorism and Insurgencies
Qualifying module options from the School of Law
- Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
- Imprisonment and Human Rights
- International Criminal Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- United Nations Law
Qualifying module options from the School of Politics and International Relations
- Contemporary Warfare
- Europe and the Developing World
- Grand Strategy
- Russia in the World Today
- The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
- War, Peace and Terror
- Western Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.
A selection of students also progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current lecturers having completed both their Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.
Average starting salary and career progression
Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*
*Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.
Career prospects and employability
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond.
Services available include:
- Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
- One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
- Over 250 careers events
- A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates
All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.
Entry requirements A first degree in law or politics or international relations or related discipline with at least an upper second class honours, or an equivalent qualification.
Other requirements Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated August 9, 2016