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The ONLY academic Programme in Greece in the field of Terrorism and Crime

This MA Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security is a programme that builds upon Coventry University’s expertise in the fields of Politics, International Relations, international crime and global security and City Unity College expertise in Social Networking Analysis and Economics.

This programme is born out or a collaborative European effort and focuses on both local and global aspects of Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security. It has been designed to take account of ways in which the nature of the study of International Relations has changed in the twenty-first century. This particularly applies to the post 9/11 emphasis on the ‘war on terror’ and the emergence of transnational organised crime as a key threat to the stability of society, alongside a growing number of factors that threaten global security (such as pandemics, economic inequality, poverty, environmental pollution, diseases, natural disasters, state collapse and the re-emergence of racial and religious tensions).

The programme examines these key issues in a thematic manner through the three mandatory courses: International Organised Crime, International Terrorism and Threats to Global Security. This thematic approach is complemented by other courses addressing individual case studies focussing on human trafficking, governance in the developing world and the nature of war. A distinctive feature of this programme is the inclusion of a course on Social Network Analysis (SNA), that provides an overview of major network theories and metrics with emphasis on practical SNA applications across different areas: for example, criminal intelligence analysis, criminal/terrorism investigations, national security, military intelligence, business intelligence, security risk management, and organisational behaviour and management.

Rationale

Since the end of the Cold War there has been a widening in the number of threats affecting individual, group, state and international security. The programme seeks to provide students with an informed understanding of terrorism, organised crime and global security from an integrated perspective by combining traditional notions of military security with contemporary non-military threats of terrorism and trans-national organised crime. The programme provides students with an up-to-date set of courses that examine these threats. The programme has been designed to take account of the way in which the nature of the study of International Security has changed in the twenty-first century. This particularly applies to the post 9/11 emphasis on the ‘war on terror’, the emergence of international organised crime as a key threat to the stability of society and the growth in the number of factors that threaten global security, including economic inequality, poverty, environmental pollution, diseases, natural disasters, state collapse and the re-emergence of racial and religious tensions. The programme examines these key issues in a thematic manner. This thematic approach is complemented by individual case studies within the relevant courses.

The programme has been devised as both a one-year full-time programme and a part-time programme taken over 2.5 years. The mode of attendance is normally face-to-face contact with some use of online tasks/formative work (subject to pandemic restrictions if applicable). Normally the sessions are delivered intensively in afternoon classes to allow students who work to attend.

There are two entry points for this programme: October.

The interdisciplinary approach to the study of Global Security offered by this programme is expected to provide a wide range of career opportunities for its graduates. These are anticipated to be in the following areas: National and international policy development, government and corporate security planning, international organisations, the armed and uniformed services, business management, and non-governmental organisations. The degree will provide students with generic skills that will be relevant to broader employment opportunities in the public and private sector.

The MA Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security is a programme that builds upon Coventry University’s established expertise in the fields of Politics, International Relations, History, Peace and Reconciliation and African Studies.

The distinctive features of the programme are:

  1. An integrated study of terrorism, organised crime and global security;
  2. Research-informed teaching delivered by our many experts on peacekeeping, foreign policy, criminal mafias, security and policing.
  3. Academic expertise complemented by the input of international security practitioners (Armed forces, FRONTEX, Embassies etc.).
  4. The stress on the links between theory and practice;
  5. Its task-based/problem-based approach to International Security;
  6. Its varied and innovative assessment tasks;
  1. To provide a research-inspired programme where students can acquire up-to-date knowledge and develop a critical understanding of international organised crime, terrorism and current threats to global security
  2. To introduce students to a counter-crime community of practice, providing opportunities to learn from individuals and groups within this community
  3. To develop the students’ powers of analysis and judgement with a focus on international organised crime, terrorism and current threats to global security, including social network analysis;
  4. To provide a creative, innovative and inclusive academic programme that is accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds;
  5. To provide a stimulating learning environment, with a strong international and inter-cultural outlook, where students can access appropriate resources and different learning contexts enabling them to work both independently and in diverse groups;
  6. To provide opportunities for all students to fulfil their potential through careful student support and guidance;
  7. To produce graduates who possess key subject, professional and intercultural skills geared towards a variety of career paths (in the public, private and voluntary sectors) and community engagement

Successful applicants must normally hold a first or a second-class Honours Degree or equivalent. Candidates with degrees in subjects other than International Relations/Politics or related subjects may apply.

Applicants with non-standard qualifications, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Coventry University staff.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English need to have a proficiency level equivalent to GCSE Grade C or IELTS 6.5 (N.B.: with a minimum score of 6 in writing); Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; Certificate of Advanced English Grade A or B.

  • The School of Humanities at Coventry University has a strong portfolio of academic research, and submitted a ‘Politics and International Studies’ return in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014;
  • Coventry University has regularly been named Modern University of the Year by the Sunday Times, and by the Times Higher Education.
  • The University was awarded a Gold ranking in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • High levels of student satisfaction in the subject of ‘Politics’, 100% overall compared with the sector average of 84% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019).
  • Coventry University has consistently recorded an above average ‘overall positive student experience’ score in the 2016 national Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) undertaken by the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
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Coventry University is a global, modern university with a mission of Creating Better Futures. We were founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843 as the Coventry School of Design and we continue to have strong links with the public and private sector, providing job-ready graduates with the skills and creative thinking to improve their communities.

With a proud tradition of innovative teaching and learning, Coventry University has world-class campus facilities, the UK’s first standalone 5G network and a digital community of learning. Our students are part of a global network that has 50,000 learners studying Coventry University degrees in more than 40 different countries and partnerships with 150 higher education providers worldwide.

We have greatly increased our research capacity and ability with a focus on impactful research, delivered for and with partners, to address real-world challenges and support business and communities to develop and grow.

Over two centuries, we have flourished in Coventry and Coventry University Group now also delivers access to our range of high-quality services and partnerships through bases in London, Scarborough, Belgium, Poland, Egypt, Dubai, Singapore and Africa.

In recent years, we have won many awards and vastly improved our rankings in the league tables that matter to students – but what matters to us is delivering transformational change for our students, partners and communities around the world.

No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Guardian University Guide 2021

1st for Overseas Student Experiences
based on student trips abroad from HESA 2018/19 UK data

Top 30 in the World for International Students
QS World University Rankings 2021

University of the Year for Student Experience 2019
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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