International Law, Security and Terrorism MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

International Law, Security and Terrorism MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This exciting interdisciplinary programme offered by the School of Law in collaboration with the School of Politics and International Relations, provides students with an opportunity for in-depth study of international law, security and terrorism.

The turn of the new century has witnessed a continuing shift in the nature of conflict and security, with attention turning to issues such as threats and attacks by non-state actors, the responses of states to threats from terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the idea of post-conflict rebuilding. This inter-disciplinary programme will appeal to students from both the field of Law and the field of Politics, whom have a strong interest in studying modern warfare, security and terrorism. The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq show that it is necessary to study these conflicts from the perspectives of both politics and law to gain a complete picture of the issues, and to be able to analyse the arguments and outcomes.

This programme will allow 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 facilitate 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.

You may also be interested to learn about our LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict.

Key facts about the School of Law

  • The School of Law was rated the 35th best Law School in the world by the QS World Rankings 2015.
  • The school enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
  • Students are actively encouraged to become a part of the school's wider scholarly community, with invitations to seminars and conferences and opportunities to work with the School's world-leading research centres.
  • We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops to our students on key issues that they will face throughout their degree, such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, how to choose a dissertation topic. Our Legal Skills Advisor also provides more targeted support through one-to-one sessions with students

Students will be immersed in a lively and exciting learning environment, and taught by nationally and internationally recognised and renowned academics. The Schools of Law and Politics and International Relations are home to a number of research centres and institutions, which offer talks, seminars, conferences, research opportunities, and film series to complement learning, with which students are actively encouraged to become involved. Experts from outside of the University are invited to talk on topics of international significance, and to discuss them with staff and students.

The Structure of the MA International Law, Security and Terrorism

This programme is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed in two academic years.

Students must undertake 120 credits to complete the taught element of the programme. Following the completion of the taught stage, the student will progress to the 60 credit dissertation to be completed in the summer. The dissertation is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice, appropriate to the field of International Law, Security and Terrorism. Students are given a wide array of support when choosing their dissertation title and when preparing to undertake research, with bespoke workshops and one-to-one support available throughout the process.

The two specialised core modules, Terrorism and Insurgencues (Politics) 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.

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)

Part time details:2 years part-time

Start date:September

Campus:University Park

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 30, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price - HEU: fees £6,630, International fees: £15,140