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Violence, Terrorism & Security.

This programme provides dynamic and interdisciplinary analysis into fields, theories and concepts of violence, terrorism, and security. The MA in VTS helps students develop a critical and analytical approach to problems in history and the contemporary world in these three core areas. It challenges accepted wisdom and opens up the debate about the role of violence in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It assesses state responses to the threat of terrorism and the challenge for security. Successfully completing the MA can enhance students' opportunities for career advancement by developing their knowledge and skills, including the independent research skills required for the dissertation.

Violence, Terrorism and Security highlights
To provide dynamic and critical study in Violence, Terrorism and International Security. Its aim is to help students develop a critical and analytical approach to problems in history and the contemporary world of these three areas.

Entry requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject OR a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.

Teaching Times
Morning / Afternoon / Evening

Learning and Teaching
Each module usually consists of 2-4 contact teaching hours per week, depending on the module. Most study, however, consists of independent research and reading.

Each student is also allocated a personal tutor/academic advisor who, alongside teaching in each module, aids in the learning process.

Modules involve a variety of teaching approaches designed to inspire critical and transferable skills.

Learn with award winning teachers. Teachers in the MA VTS programme are leading experts in their field. Many have been granted teaching awards for their innovative and engaging pedagogical approaches.

There are multiple talks, events, and extra-curricular activities and training courses on campus each year, outside of the formal VTS programme, that are related to Violence, Terrorism and Security.

It is anticipated that internship opportunities in Belfast will be made available to students.

Careers or further progression

Industry Links
•It is anticipated that internship opportunities in Belfast will be made available to students. These possible internships or voluntary placements are not part of the formal curriculum. Instead, they are student-initiated voluntary placements additional to the curriculum with select NGOs in Belfast with which Queen's has links.

Career Development
•Graduates now serve in the most senior ranks of a number of National Police Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies, Border and Immigration Control, National Armed Forces including the US Army, US Air Force, British Army and Irish Defence Forces. Graduates also work as senior government policy advisers, in international NGOs and the media.

Career Prospects
Introduction
The MA in VTS provides you with the essential transferable skills and in-depth knowledge of theories and issues in the areas of violence, security and terrorism for career development at any stage, from students straight from an undergraduate degree with limited to no prior professional experience to those seeking continued professional development. The programme enables you to broaden your horizons providing you with a competitive edge in a global graduate market in a wide variety of areas such as the security sector, including intelligence agencies, government agencies and public office, the military, NGOs, academia, businesses and corporations, and the media among many other possibilities.

The Student Guidance Centre provides excellent careers training and advice, including 1-on-1 consultations https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

In addition, the Graduate School holds a variety of training classes and other skills-based lessons that are valuable in the MA education.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/graduateschool/PostgraduateResearcherDevelopm...

QUB also has language learning opportunities for students. https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/LanguageCentre/

Completing any of these and gaining other skills, such as second or third languages, can also dramatically contribute to the prospect of gaining employment upon graduation.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 ranks Queen's 26th for graduate prospects and graduate employment, which helps to explain why Queen's graduates play a leading role in the senior management of Northern Ireland's security sector, Northern Ireland's top companies and NGOs as well as around the world.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Employment after the Course
We are proud that many of our graduates have gone to serve in the most senior ranks of a number of National Police Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies, Border and Immigration Control, National Armed Forces including the US Army, US Air Force, US Secret Service, British Army and Irish Defence Forces. Our graduates also work as senior government policy advisers in a variety of different countries, including the State Department in the USA, in international NGOs in diverse parts of the globe including major conflict zones, other graduates have gone into international security consultancy, and many have worked in the media, and others have gone on to successful careers working for international business in a variety of capacities. The MA also provides the research skills and knowledge to carry out a PhD to pursue, as a number of our graduates have done, an academic career.

Further enquiries

Dr Andrew Thomson
Lecturer
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics - Lecturer
Politics and International Studies
The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
email: a.f.thomson@qub.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2526

Subjects taught

Course Details
Six taught modules, plus a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Course Information
Core modules are so students acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in this field, students will take three core modules covering the theories, debates, and issues in the study of political violence, conflict, terrorism and security.

MA and Post-Graduate Diploma Degrees
There are two different degrees available in Violence, Terrorism and Security.

The Master's degree (MA) in Violence, Terrorism and Security is awarded to students who successfully complete six core taught modules/classes and the MA dissertation.

The Post-Graduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of all the above six core taught modules/classes, but students do not complete an MA dissertation. The PgDip is a credit-bearing and internationally recognised post-graduate degree, but it is not the equivalent to a Master's degree. It is both an entry and exit route.

Moving from a PgDip to an MA: Students who are registered on the PgDip are invited to register and complete the MA upon successful completion of the six core taught modules/classes.

Modules (Autumn)
Core Modules
PAI7028 - Violence, Terrorism and Security
HAP7001 - Approaches to Research Design
PAI7051 - Contemporary Security

Modules (Spring)
Core Spring Modules

One core module
PAI7007 - Global Terrorism

Elective Spring Semester Modules - Elective modules offer the chance to specialise in a particular area of interest, build on foundational knowledge, and develop focused expertise.

Plus student must take two modules from the following list:

LAW7815 – Counter Terrorism and Human Rights
LAW7816 – Comparative Human Rights
PAI7027 – Conflict Intervention
PAI7030 - International Political Economy
PAI7032 – Gender, Politics and Democracy
PHL7038 - Philosophy of Conflict and War
PAI7050 - Ethnic Conflict and Consensus: The Power of Institutions

Over the summer term students: Dissertation
Over the summer term students complete a 15,000 word MA dissertation
Some recent MA VTS dissertation topics have included:
• ISIS and discourses of violence
• Gender, agency and terrorism
• UK Counter-terrorism policy
• Counter-insurgency and targeted assassinations
• Covert Intelligence and Collusion
• Cultures of Youth Violence
• Cyber-terrorism
• Gender and Counter-terrorism
• Light arms proliferations
• NATO expansion and Ukraine
• New Terrorism and ISIS
• Paramilitary recruitment
• Policing Private Military Companies and Africa
• Radicalisation and Recruitment
• Religious Diplomacy and Paramilitary movements
• Security and Development
• Security Sector Reform
• State power and the intelligence community
• Taliban, counter-insurgency and narco-terrorism
• Transitions from terrorism: ETA and the IRA compared
• UK Government PREVENT policy
• US Counter-terrorism strategies
• US Domestic Terrorism

Comment

World Class Facilities
•Outstanding campus facilities and student support and guidance. You will be a member of the brand new Graduate School which is ranked 1st out of 159 universities worldwide. For more on the Graduate School see http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/graduateschool/

Internationally Renowned Experts
•Our teaching staff have global standing as experts in their field. They regularly interface with policy-makers, state governments and sectoral actors giving expert advice and expertise to the field. Outstanding research institutes, campus facilities, and student support and guidance. The Research Excellence Framework 2014, a UK-wide research assessment of higher education institutions, has placed Queen's in the top 20 for research quality and impact. Queens has an excellent academic record: Queen's University Belfast is a Russell group university, in the top ten for research intensity (REF 2014). In the Sunday Times "Good University Guide" 2016, Queen's was ranked number 31 in the UK.

Student Experience
•Queen's University, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland offers a unique opportunity for our students to access and engage with a community context previously challenged by violence, terrorism and security as part of the programme of study. Our students have the opportunity to live and study in a post-conflict environment as well as meet people involved in Northern Irish conflict and the peace process, from researchers and policy makers to ex-combatants. Study with like-minded student from various backgrounds: Some of our students have previous experience in the United Nations, national police forces, military, among many others, before coming to study with us. There is an excellent and diverse student body, and you will also learn quite a lot from fellow students. Excellent student satisfaction and employment: The MA in VTS has excellent student satisfaction ratings according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016 conducted by the Higher Education Academy. Queen's University Belfast has been placed 15th overall for Student Experience and 28th for Graduate Employment.
•It is anticipated that internship opportunities in Belfast will be made available to students. These possible internships or voluntary placements are not part of the formal curriculum. Instead, they are student-initiated voluntary placements additional to the curriculum.
•Our programme attracts international award holders of the highest calibre, including Marshall and Mitchell scholars. Study with like-minded students from various backgrounds in VTS. Some of our students have previous experience in the United Nations, national police forces, military, among many others, before coming to study with us.

Teaching Times
Morning / Afternoon / Evening

Assessment method

Essays
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Essays
Policy reports
Simulations
Presentations

Assessment and Feedback are continuous throughout the course of study.

Students are provided a range of assessment approaches, both formal and informal as well as formative and summative, in order to enhance the student learning experience and improve student attainment. Each module typically consists of two or three main pieces of assessment.

Students are provided a range of assessment approaches, both formal and informal as well as formative and summative, in order to enhance the student learning experience and improve student attainment. Each module typically consists of two or three main pieces of assessment.
Feedback is provided throughout the VTS programme for continuous student reflection and growth. Teachers provide thorough and systematic feedback on assessed work. Feedback is also available from your personal tutor as well as via various support mechanisms and training courses in the university, such as via the Student Guidance Centre.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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