MA International Law, Security and Terrorism

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA International Law, Security and Terrorism

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

MA International Law, Security and Terrorism

The International Law, Security and Terrorism MA allows you 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.

Key facts

  • The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings by Subject 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

Course details

You 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, and complete a 60-credit researched dissertation.

It is expected that the dissertation will have an inter-disciplinary focus; however you 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.

Module options

The two specialised core modules, Terrorism and Insurgencies (School of Politics and International Relations) and The Law of War and Peace (School of 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.

You 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.




  • The Law of War and Peace
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Terrorism and Insurgencies

Qualifying module options


  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • United Nations Law

Politics and International Relations

  • Contemporary Warfare
  • Ethics, Killing and War
  • EU and the Developing World
  • Grand Strategy
  • Terrorism and Insurgencies
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • War, Peace and Political Thought
  • War, Peace and Terror
  • When Does Russia Expand and Why?

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 graduates 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 academics having completed both the LLM or Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,031 with the highest being £40,800.*

  • Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Entry requirements 2.1 (or international equivalent) in law, politics, international relations or a related discipline

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
6,630 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,630 GBP
HEU: fees £6,630, International fees: £15,140