Terrorism and Political Violence – online or in Singapore (MLitt) 2021 entry
The distance learning MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence is a part-time online course that seeks to develop in students a critical understanding of the concept of terrorism and political violence within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to security studies.
This programme is also offered with a residential option in Singapore, where students will meet up for a four-day programme of tutorials.
Terrorism and Political Violence is also offered as a full-time residential programme.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: varies depending on how long you take to complete the course.
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Minimum three years part time; maximum five years part time
Students are required to have at least one of the following qualifications for entry to the programme:
- A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant discipline.
- A good 2.1 Honours degree in any other discipline; successful applicants from other disciplines will likely receive a conditional offer should they be unable to provide evidence of relevant professional experience or prior knowledge.
- Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
Home: £2,000 per module, £3,900 MLitt dissertation module
Overseas: £4,040 per module, £8,080 MLitt dissertation module
30 June 2021. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- personal statement explaining how this programme will enhance your professional development (1,000 words)
- sample of previous academic written work or a piece on "Terrorism is a written term" (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic or professional references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
Applicants may be required to attend an online interview as part of the application process.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
Discover the University of St Andrews
Watch current students and staff discuss the teaching facilities, research opportunities and student life at Scotland's first university.
Each module typically comprises:
- two one-hour tutorials per month plus advertised office hours
- a minimum of eight hours of coursework per week
- 100% coursework assessment.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
Distance learning students are required to take four compulsory modules concurrently over two to four years. Students are encouraged to only take one module per year; under certain circumstances, they may be permitted to take two. Each module is completed between September and May.
- Fundamental Issues and Structures of Terrorism: introduces the core conceptual issues of terrorism and political violence.
- Research Methods: presents appropriate research methods to enable students to critically understand the professional literature and to lay the foundations to enable students to engage in further research.
- State Responses to Terrorism: takes a holistic look at state responses to terrorism and political violence; students study the work of scholars from right across the social sciences and humanities who have sought to understand and explain aspects of state responses to terrorism.
- Distance Learning Electives: offers students the opportunity to apply the conceptual and theoretical knowledge gained in other modules to selected areas of application, reflecting when possible the student's own interests and needs.
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of terrorism and political violence in which you are interested. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the course of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.