MSc in Counterterrorism


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Program Description

This course is subject to University approval.

Never before in history have the issues of what causes terrorism, how to combat it, and how to assess and manage the risks associated with it, attracted such wide international attention and controversy. The need for accessible, comprehensive and reliable research and education on terrorism and counterterrorism remains profound. This new MSc addresses those needs drawing on Cranfield’s expert staff and unique facilities to offer students an exceptional and cutting edge programme in this critical area.

Course details

Individual project

The individual project takes four months from April to July. The student selects from a range of titles or may propose their own topic. Most are practically or experimentally based using Cranfield’s unique facilities.


By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam.


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Applied Counterterrorism
  • Research Project - Counter-Terrorism
  • Strategies, Ideologies and Tactics of Terrorism
  • Understanding Terrorism & Counter-terrorism
Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Analytical Techniques
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability
  • Courtroom Skills
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Digital Crime and Investigation
  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
  • Firearms Investigations
  • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
  • Forensic Ballistic Investigations
  • Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
  • Global Security: Emerging Challenges
  • Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
  • Investigation and Evidence Collection
  • Reasoning for Forensic Science

Entry Requirements

A first or second class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, law, politics, psychology, forensic science, etc.) or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the elements of the subject will also be considered

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Your career

We have entered an era where society faces critical issues in relation to terrorism and the fight against terrorism. The MSc Counterterrorism Studies provides a rigorous, evidence-based qualification which will assist graduates to start careers in a wide variety of fields, including those related to security, policing, military, government policy, and international work. Beyond this, the MSc will help assist the careers of graduates who are already working in these and related fields.

Last updated Jan 2020

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