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Terrorism, Security and Policing MSc

Terrorism, Security and Policing MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Terrorism/Security Studies Police Services Security

Course type


Course Summary

This is for you if you want to gain a detailed theoretical and applied understanding of the key issues and challenges surrounding security, policing and terrorism post-9/11 (and 7/7) and in the face of new and different threats from terrorist and organised crime groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of terrorism and other transnational security challenges and their consequences, both theoretical and applied. This degree will develop your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking. As well as gaining specific knowledge of global security challenges and strategies for addressing these, you will strengthen your ability to understand and use different types of evidence.

Our assessment strategy is coursework-based and provides students with opportunities to both consolidate and strengthen academic skills through assessments such as short written pieces, annotated bibliographies, essays and research exercises; whilst also completing tasks which develop the skills required in future employment. Our graduates most often seek and secure employment in statutory criminal justice agencies (police, prisons, probation, national criminal justice and security agencies), forensic health settings, third sector agencies, local and central government (nationally and internationally) and social/policy research institutes. Moreover, each year approximately 10% of the cohort either secure or begin to consider opportunities for doctoral studies. Doctoral work often leads to employment in a research-related area or in an academic environment.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module will provide a comprehensive grounding in the research methodologies employed in criminological research. In this module you will examine the advantages and disadvantages of using different research designs and data collection techniques for criminological research. We will introduce the main epistemological and ontological approaches used in criminological research. You will be coached in using a statistical software package for numerical analysis as well as learning about a range of methods across the traditions which are at the disposal of researchers. You will then go onto to use this knowledge to develop a research proposal which presents an effective, justified research design in response to a relevant criminological research problem, whilst considering the ethical implications of criminological research as a whole.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Candidates should normally possess a First or Second Class honours degree from a British University or equivalent international academic qualifications. It is expected that this would usually be in Criminology or a cognate discipline. Comparable professional qualifications or experience will be considered. However, where more clarity is required applicants will be asked to undertake a short written assessment.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren't...more

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