Security and Terrorism (PDip)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Security and Terrorism at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

Gain a solid understanding of contemporary security challenges, from environmental degradation to gender based insecurity, and the ability to analyse these issues surrounding security and terrorism. Develop your research skills which will contribute to your specialist dissertation.

Reasons to study Security and Terrorism at Kent
  • We are the only politics and international relations school in the country with a postgraduate centre in Brussels
  • you’ll receive high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment
  • you’ll benefit from being taught by world leading experts at the cutting edge of research, actively engaged in advising government and shaping debates.
  • be part of our vibrant, diverse and international student community, bringing different perspectives into dialogue and facilitating a global network of close connections. Read about our first town hall on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • you’ll gain the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation and prediction, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
  • we have high-profile engagement through the Global Europe Centre and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, which crystallise our research, policy and practitioner networks into an annual schedule of events. 
What you’ll learn

Specialise in quantitative methodology for political science, governance and war in cyberspace, the European Union, conflict resolution, and negotiation and mediation. You’ll develop the skills necessary for independent research and application to real world problems.

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1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Students who start in January, finish at the end of the Spring Term in the following academic year.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the phenomena of terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors
  • the implications of these phenomena for the security of individuals, societies, states and the international system
  • the use of terrorism and political violence by state and non-state actors and the measures taken by states and international organisations to deter terrorism
  • the various concepts involved in the study of terrorism and political violence, and the various theoretical and methodological approaches deployed by social scientists from various disciplines to study these phenomena (with reference to international relations, you will develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to international relations theory. With reference to sociology and criminology, you will develop an understanding of contemporary approaches to social theory and criminology).
  • the key literature relating to terrorism, counter-terrorism and security
  • how to design and write a substantial scholarly paper that demonstrates familiarity with key academic and professional conventions (MA only).

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • applying the skills needed for academic study and research, including gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information in a variety of primary and secondary resources, and identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to specific problems
  • the ability to critically evaluate existing research outputs, including secondary texts and monographs, scholarly articles, statistical data, policy documents, internet sources and media material
  • the ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding of concepts, theory, methods and practice, and construct reasoned and persuasive arguments in response to these data, methods and theories
  • the ability to compare and contrast the methods used by scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds
  • the ability to relate scholarship to policymaking.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies
  • the ability to critically compare the theoretical and methodological approaches taken by scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds in their study of terrorism and security
  • the ability to assess the relationship between academic work on terrorism and security with policymaking and the counter-terrorism practices of states, and compare these across states and regions of the world
  • the ability to develop skills in locating, accessing and evaluating primary sources relating to terrorism and security
  • the ability to demonstrate an understanding of how the subjects studied relate to the origins and evolution of international political systems and to changes underway in international politics
  • the ability to contextualise concepts such as terrorism and ‘the war on terror’ against the wider backdrop of contemporary social theory
  • an awareness of the epistemological issues relevant to research in the social sciences, including the major theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences, as they bear on political theory and practices of resistance.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to develop effective and persuasive communication skills and fluency in both spoken and written work intended for a wide audience, both lay and academic
  • the ability to reflect on your own performance and learning and make appropriate use of constructive feedback from tutors and peers
  • the ability to take responsibility for your own study and research
  • effective time management and the appropriate prioritisation of workloads and deadlines
  • develop your IT skills for information retrieval and research.

This programme aims to:

  • offer you a unique programme which incorporates research-led teaching from various disciplines within the social sciences
  • develop teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the national and international community
  • prepare you for further postgraduate study by research, or for careers in public service, the professions, international organisations and NGOs
  • develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment or further postgraduate study by research
  • develop your competence in applying theories to specific case studies
  • develop your knowledge of terrorism and political violence by both state and non-state actors
  • develop your study and research skills in relation to key debates in the subject areas
  • provide you with opportunities to develop individual and collaborative research and presentation of work, both in oral and written form, of material that engages with key debates within various disciplines on the phenomena of terrorism and political violence, and the implications of these phenomena for various state and non-state actors
  • develop your research and personal skills further through a specialist dissertation (MA only).

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

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    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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