This cutting-edge MA programme explores the sources and consequences of political violence and terrorism, as well as the crucial ethical questions involved. It should appeal to students interested in careers in foreign services, security, some non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations, and many areas of the private sector. Issues and topics examined include: The sources and nature of political violence and terrorism. Debates regarding the prevention of terrorism, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency policy. The politics, legality and ethics of the 'war on terror' and the balance between public security and individual freedom. The circumstances under which armed resistance and revolution can be permissible. Whether democracies can justify or excuse the use of torture in combating terrorism. Through the programme of study we offer, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates - qualities that will set you apart in your future career.