Our MA Cyber Crime and Terrorism will expose you to the constantly changing nature of online crimes and criminal behaviour in order to understand the threats, trends, issues and responses in terrorism and cybersecurity as well as the crucial ethical questions.

Key Features

Our MA Cyber Crime and Terrorism offers students the opportunity to:

  • Examine issues related to the cyber-realm from an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional perspective which offers a unique look at the issues.
  • Engage directly with project work and with stakeholders who can provide insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.
  • Choose from a wide variety of modules available across the Hillary Rodham School of Law.
  • The opportunity to specialise in particular areas of cybercrime and/or online terrorism through an MA dissertation.


This programme focuses on the changing nature of online crime and criminal behaviour in order to understand the threats, trends, issues, responses and ethical questions associated with, for example, terrorism or security. The programme will examine issues related to the cyber-realm from an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional perspective, offering a unique look at a range of challenges.

The programme benefits from strong relationships with national and international partners (e.g. policy-makers, government and industrial security practitioners, military organisations, communities, and more). Students will have opportunities to engage directly with stakeholders who can provide insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about countering cybercrime and terrorism, we want to hear from you!

This programme will be of interest to those who are interested in both cybercrime and cybersecurity more generally as well as those seeking specialist study of terrorism. It will be useful for students who have undertaken an undergraduate degree in anything from Criminology or Law to Computer Science and Psychology and who are looking to specialise in this important area. Continuing, mature, international and part-time students would all be welcome for this programme of study.

Ideally, you’ll hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area (such as law, criminology, politics, sociology or computer science – other disciplines may also be relevant).

If English is not your first language, you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £7,000 £15,400
MA Part-time £3,500 £7,700

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include but are not limited to stationery, books, printing, dissertation binding and photocopying costs.


Modules are likely to include:

  • Contemporary terrorism in historical and philosophical perspective
  • Countering violent extremism online
  • Crime in Cyberspace
  • Online propaganda and radicalisation
  • Research methods and ethics
  • Terrorism online and human rights

Careers and Employability

Public Sector

Both cybercrime and online terrorist activities are key areas of priority for government at all levels.

You'll gain: knowledge, understanding and skills applicable to law and policy development, programmatic action, the conduct of government (and industry) through regulation, and the arrangement and provision of public services.

Potential graduate destinations: Civil service, regional, national and sub-national government, local authorities and other public bodies, and, political and policy advice work.

Private sector

Cybercrimes and online terrorism are increasingly the concern of the private sector especially those conducting business in digital space.

You'll gain: skills to work for social media companies as well an array of global businesses conducting work in cyberspace.

NGO sector

Non-governmental agencies are well-established stakeholders in cybersecurity and counter-terrorism. Policy advocacy and lobbying, campaigns, and on the ground intervention are all facets of the NGO sector globally, regionally, nationally and locally.

You'll gain: knowledge, understanding and skills applicable to the breadth of work undertaken by the NGO sector in combatting cybercrime and terrorism.

Potential graduate destinations: International NGOs; regional or local level NGOs.

Research and academia

Research on cybercrime and online terrorism is a growing concern for academia. Students graduating from the programme will be at the cutting-edge of these issues globally, regionally and nationally.

You'll gain: The potential to continue to study at PhD level and the knowledge, understanding and skills applicable to teaching and research in the field.

Potential graduate destinations: law enforcement, policy ‘think-tanks’ and HEIs.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 29, 2018
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1 - 2 years
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