Security and Terrorism - PDip, MA


Security and Terrorism is a unique programme of research-led teaching in which you investigate the most pressing problems in international terrorism. You gain the advanced theoretical and empirical skills required to understand and analyse issues around terrorism and security.

The programme is designed to explore terrorism and political violence as perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. You analyse the implications of international terrorism for the security of individuals, societies, states and the international system, along with the measures taken by states to deter political violence.

Teaching in the programme is offered by world-leading specialists in traditional and critical approaches to the study of terrorism and its implications. The programme equips you with a range of research-based and more practical skills, and offers a springboard for careers in government, international organisations, journalism, the security sector and advocacy groups. It also gives you the resources to go onto further study in the field.

Why study an MA in Security and Terrorism at Kent? 

About the School of Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment.

The School is cosmopolitan, with staff originating from eight different countries, and over half of all postgraduate students come from outside the UK. We pride ourselves on our global outlook, which is reflected in a wide range of international partnerships. We are the only politics and international relations school in the country with a postgraduate centre in Brussels, which allows students on some of our programmes to follow part, or their entire, programme in Brussels.

All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field. The School has over 30 academic staff based at two locations, Canterbury and Brussels.

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.


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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (90 ECTS credits) or 2 years full-time (120 ECTS credits).

Full-time students complete the MA in Security and Terrorism over 12 months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.

The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.

The programme is also offered in a two-year 120 ECTS credit format (comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation) and as a Postgraduate Diploma (comprising six taught modules only) worth 120 Kent credits (60 ECTS credits). Both the 120 ECTS credit version and the Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

Compulsory modules currently include

This module focuses on contemporary security issues in the context of the changing global political environment and the evolving discipline of International Relations (IR). We examine a range of theoretical contestations and empirical issues that provide students with the basis for analysing pressing questions related to war, security, and order in the world today. The module provides a solid grounding for understanding contemporary and forecasted security challenges and how to 'manage' security within institutions, regimes, and in regional contexts. The module engages with debates thematically and empirically, combining traditional notions of security and insecurity with the 'broadening' and 'deepening' agenda of Security Studies. In this way, the module provides tools for students to address a wide array of security actors and dynamics.

Find out more about PO916

The purpose of the module is to develop an understanding of the complex relationships between terrorism, counter-terrorism efforts, and human rights, both at home and abroad. Central to the module is the role of the state in responding to terrorism, in attempting to prevent terrorism, and in itself using and sponsoring terrorism. In this regard students are encouraged to re-evaluate assumptions about the state and its place in domestic and international politics, focusing particularly on crimes by the state. Students will be introduced to competing approaches to the study of terrorism, many of which are grounded in wider theories and approaches common to International Relations and Security Studies. One of the challenges of the module is to think critically about the implications and consequences of those various approaches. The module will begin by looking at the various methodological, theoretical, and definitional challenges associated with the study of terrorism. Building on this grounding, students will then begin analysing terrorism, counter-terrorism and the role of the state through a number of case studies drawn from the 20th and early 21st Centuries. They will be encouraged to relate each of the case studies to the broader methodological and theoretical debates explored in the first few weeks of the module.

Find out more about PO917

Students of politics 'have not been, in general, sufficiently reflective about the nature and scope of their discipline. They just do it rather than talk about it' (G.Stoker). Given that political scientists study people – individuals, groups, states, nations, cultures – rather than 'things',PO825 moves from the assumption that politics students ought to be reflective about their research. The module aims to provide an opportunity for reflection by presenting some of the key theoretical and methodological debates in politics and international relations. These debates deal with issues such as: the concept of 'the political' and the concept of power; the relationship between structure and agency; the causal and constitutive role of ideas and discourse; biopolitics; an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, and to research design and research ethics. The module is designed to guide and inspire students through their first term as an MA/PhD students by encouraging them to grasp the practical relevance of key philosophical and methodological debates in politics and international relations for identifying new research questions and different ways of approaching them, and to think about the philosophical underpinnings of particular research methods, the relationship between methodology and conceptual analysis and the appropriate ways to incorporate these into research design.

Find out more about PO825

Optional modules may include

This module will examine how conflict research has evolved within the field of political science and International Relations. It will initially investigate competing theories on conflict and violence highlighting specific case studies and new security concerns. The theoretical reflections will focus on the understanding of modern nationalism in world politics as well as different aspects of conflict ranging from inter-state to intra-state conflict. Moreover, students will be exposed to a detailed and critical analysis of the political and constitutional options in societies facing (the prospect of) violent ethnic conflict, with particular emphasis being given to mechanisms directed at the achievement of reconciliation, power-sharing and human rights.

Find out more about PO828

This module focuses on the position of the EU - what it does and how it does it - in the world, through its relations with other regional/global actors. We will first conceptualise the EU as an 'actor' through the governance lens, to understand its nature as economic, normative and security power. We will then examine EU actorness with reference to its interactions with regional and global actors – e.g. the neighbourhood, US, Russia, China and the developing world. The objective is to compare EU rhetoric and practice, to draw conclusions about the potency of the EU as a global actor.

Find out more about PO831

The module aims to introduce current thinking and practice in the field on conflict resolution, conflict management and conflict transformation, including conflict prevention and peace-building. Can protracted violent conflicts be prevented, and how are they brought to an end? Is it possible to deal with the root causes of conflict? How do the wider conflicts in the international system impact on local and regional conflicts, and under what circumstances are conflicts transformed? We will explore these questions with reference to theories of conflict resolution, comparative studies and case studies. The module will focus mainly on international and intra-state conflict. There will be opportunities to discuss conflicts at other levels, such as the role of diasporas and the media in conflict and its transformation. You are encouraged to draw on your own personal knowledge of conflict situations.

Find out more about PO832


The course provides an overview and a framework for considering the field of international conflict resolution. The students have the opportunity to explore conflict resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving, and alternative dispute resolution. The approach is interdisciplinary and juxtaposes traditional approaches in conflict management with the scientific study of conflict and cooperation. Across the term students will be exposed to a range of different theories and approaches to conflict management and be required to practically apply the course content in a number of simulations.


The course provides an overview and framework for considering the evolving field of international conflict resolution with an emphasis on negotiation and mediation. The module will focus primarily on the practical as well as on the theoretical aspects of negotiation and mediation, or more broadly third party intervention in conflicts. Its aims are to give the students an overview of the main problems involved in negotiation and mediation (broadly defined), but also to give them a chance to work individually and in groups on case studies and material related to the resolution of conflicts. The course is designed to introduce the students to theories of negotiation and bargaining, discuss the applicability of various tools and techniques in problem solving real cases of international conflict, and allow them to make use of such techniques in role playing and simulations.

Find out more about PO848

This course is designed for graduate students in Political Science and will serve as an introduction to quantitative methods for social science research. Given that a great deal of the research in Political Science is conducted in the language of quantitative methodology, students will learn the use of quantitative research methods as a tool to further their research and participation in social scientific debates. Students can further expect to be introduced to not only the means for conducting rigorous, empirical, and quantitative research in social science fields but also how this methodology adheres to the scientific accumulation of knowledge about these phenomena. The course is intended to develop core competencies in quantitative research. These competencies include methodological literacy (the ability to read, understand, and critically assess quantitative research); statistical abilities (the ability to determine, apply, and use the appropriate statistical techniques to inform and/or support an argument as well as understand the limitations of statistical techniques); and research skills (the ability to use and present quantitative methodology to address a research question).

Find out more about PO8100

The main purpose of lectures and discussions is to introduce and critically evaluate a range of theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. The module begins with a reflection on the discipline of IR theory and the rise to predominance of the interwar, idealist and Realist schools of thought. The course then goes on to examine the importance of the second and third debates that revolved around which epistemology IR should employ. After Reading Week (Week 5), the course turns its attention to theories that emerged from or in opposition to these central debates. Neorealism and Neoliberalism emerged from the revolutionary efforts of those in the discipline to emulate standards and methods typical of the natural sciences. The English School rejected these efforts and instead proposed a classical approach, incorporating history, sociology and political theory. The third debate also revolves around the question of how best to do IR theory, with Critical Theory and Marxism offering alternatives to Neorealism and Neoliberalism concerned with emancipation and the structural analysis of the International Political Economy (respectively) being key categories for these schools of thought. In weeks 9 and 10, the course turns to post- structuralism/ postmodernism and constructivism, two key theories that also emerge in the wake of the third debate. Post- structuralism rejects the positivist/ rationalist grounds of knowledge sought by the Neoliberals and Neorealists and instead seeks to uncover the power/knowledge nexus that underpins the claim to 'truth making' and reality in IR. In contrast, mainstream social constructivism (represented by Alexander Wendt) while rejecting elements of the positivist theories, seeks to accommodate many of the claims of the previous theories in a new intellectual context. The final weeks encompass a discussion of ethics and IR and a final week that seeks to determine whether or not we have reached the end of IR theory.

Find out more about PO824

In this module we will be looking at the theme of resistance from the perspective of practice and action, with a particular focus on artistic practice and activist-art. We will begin by discussing the changing relationship between art and politics in contemporary forms of protest. This investigation will then be theoretically framed by consideration of the legacy of the philosophers of suspicion (Nietzsche, Marx, Freud), thereby enabling an exploration of the relationship between psychological, social and political theory and activist practices. We will also address various examples of artistic practices of resistance (including how they have been theorised) in order to explore how ideas of creativity and resistance have been translated into political action. Key questions include: What is the relationship between art and politics, especially from the perspective of practices of resistance? What makes certain practices of resistance effective, or not? Do practices of resistance need to be creative if they are to avoid being subsumed within that which they are seeking to challenge? Is there an art to resisting authority? Does art intrinsically resist power or is it irremediably conservative by nature? How has contemporary arts practice changed in response to the commodification of the art market and the dominant role of art institutions? Do popular uprisings necessarily have an artistic dimension to them?

Find out more about PO936

The module draws from comparative politics, international relations, and political thought to analyse the past, present, and future of the democratic national state, the dominant form of political system in today's world. It addresses questions such as: Why are some states federal and others unitary? What explains the resilience of nationalism? Does economic integration lead to political disintegration? Why has regional integration gone much further in Europe than elsewhere? Is multi-national democracy possible? The module first charts the emergence of the modern state and its transformation into a national and democratic form of political system. Subsequently, it explores some key aspects of the formation, structuring, restructuring, and termination of states such as the unitary/federal dichotomy, processes of devolution, the challenge of secession, the question of the connections between the economic environment and the number and size of states, the phenomenon of supra-state regional integration, and the connections between nationality and democracy. It concludes by assessing the challenges facing the democratic national state in the 21st century.

Find out more about PO951

This module complements the core programme module ('Political Psychology') by providing students with a detailed introduction to the nature and study of public opinion. Opinion and attitudes are central to the choices that citizens make and to the way they behave, which in turn are core outcomes in politics. Yet the nature and formation of those attitudes are complex, and shaped by a range of individual and contextual factors, which are central subjects within psychology. This module therefore brings together perspectives from both political science and psychology, in helping students to understand how citizens form attitudes and opinions, the processes and considerations that underpin attitude formation, the factors and actors that influence these formative processes and the effect that citizens’ attitudes have on their behaviour. The module will also consider the principal ways in which we identify and measure public opinion. Underpinning the module will be the central question of whether the nature of citizens’ opinions are consistent with the assumptions and demands of modern democratic states.

Find out more about PO956

The module aims to address topical events in European societies and in the process of European integration, taking crises as a potential engine for change. Students are asked to engage in this process of change through scholarly investigation that uses textual sources from multiple critical perspectives. The module is intended to be both theoretically sophisticated and accessible to students, thus providing invaluable knowledge for understanding and analysing the contemporary policy practices of the European Union. This hands-on approach should prove both stimulating and pedagogically useful as students explore how policies create crises, how crises are constructed and how crises may inform new approaches to governance.

The module assesses European policy themes in the light of the different interpretative and heuristic tools provided by the theories drawn from European Studies and International Relations. There is a core emphasis on locating the emergence of crises, their politicisation, and on identifying processes of change or transforming crises. The critical nature of the module allows for the exploration of competing theoretical perspectives and interpretations of contemporary crises in the European context and their political implications for the future of the European Union and European societies.

Find out more about PO959

This module explores topics and themes in post-colonial sub-Saharan African politics, with a particular focus on conflict and peacebuilding. We will look at colonial legacies, processes of state formation, and the nature and dynamics of political development at the national and local levels. We will also critically reflect on theories and concepts developed in the fields of comparative politics, peace and conflict research, and international relations and apply them to the study of Africa. In this module, we aim at offering solid foundations to the understanding of politics and conflict in Africa, which include colonial legacies, societal characteristics and economic challenges that shape the politics of sub-Saharan African states until today.

Find out more about PO961

Compulsory modules currently include

This module offers an introduction to writing a postgraduate dissertation, which forms a major assessed element of the Masters programme. The dissertation is on a topic that falls within the scope of each student's MA programme. The purpose of the dissertation is to give students the leeway and time to follow and develop their own particular research interests, while receiving guidance from members of staff. Supervision of work on the dissertation is concentrated in the second half of the academic year (spring-summer). The lecture elements of the module offer a general overview of the components of the dissertation, along with identifying methods and techniques for writing a successful dissertation.

Find out more about PO998

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by coursework plus the dissertation for MA students.

Programme aims

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).

Learning outcomes

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.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Security and Terrorism 120 ECTS - MA at Canterbury

  • Home/EU full-time £5133
  • International full-time £10800
  • Home/EU part-time £2567
  • International part-time £5400

Security and Terrorism - MA at Canterbury

  • Home/EU full-time £7900
  • International full-time £16200
  • Home/EU part-time £3950
  • International part-time £8100

Secuity and Terrorism - PDip at Canterbury

  • Home/EU full-time £5133
  • International full-time £10800
  • Home/EU part-time £2567
  • International part-time £5400

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs associated with this course. All textbooks are available from the library, although some students prefer to purchase their own.

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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Please see the University League Tables 2020 for more information.

Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Politics and International Relations was ranked 15th for research power and in the top 20 in the UK for research impact.

An impressive 96% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

Research areas

Our research interests span a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution, political theory and European politics. The strength of the School’s research culture is reflected in the numerous books and articles published and in the existence of its three University-recognised research centres: the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Global Europe Centre (GEC) and the Centre for Critical Thought (CCT).

All members of staff can supervise theses leading to research degrees. We encourage potential research students to refer to our postgraduate research handbook (pdf) for detailed information.

In 2011, the University successfully applied for ESRC recognition as a provider of doctoral training in political science and international studies (and other areas of the social sciences) as part of a consortium. As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK. Further details can be found on the South East DTC website.

Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC)

Kent has been at the forefront of conflict negotiation and resolution for almost 50 years. The Conflict Analysis Research Centre brings together academics working on different aspects of conflict and security as well as PhD and Master’s students studying International Conflict Analysis, International Law and International Relations. Current research includes an investigation into how migrant communities can support peacebuilding in their home society and how South Africa and the UK treat refugees and security. The Centre is also at the forefront of trying to resolve actual conflicts – for example, it played a role in the Moldova-Transnistria peace process and has supported reconciliation efforts in Africa.

Global Europe Centre (GEC)

The Global Europe Centre is a pioneering research-led learning centre focusing on the study of Europe and its relations with the outside world. The GEC’s research focus is on contemporary policy challenges to Europe and its nation states, the engagement with policy-makers and policy-shapers is at the core of its activities. The GEC mission is to promote excellence, through innovative research and knowledge exchange and to facilitate research-driven impact through its learning and teaching activities. The GEC’s activities include dissemination of policy-relevant research via publications, research-led knowledge transfer workshops, conferences and public lectures, and keynote addresses by leading public figures. The Centre has a strong commitment to the creation of the next generation of ideas innovators and policymakers and pursues these through its learning, teaching and knowledge exchange activities and via the Global Europe Student Forum. GEC is an interdisciplinary research centre aiming to develop synergies across Politics and International Relations, Economics, Law, Business, History, and European Languages and Culture.

Centre for Critical Thought (CCT)

The Centre for Critical Thought is an exciting multidisciplinary initiative across both the Social Sciences and Humanities Faculties, co-ordinated by staff in Politics and International Relations, Law and Italian Studies. It enables staff and students interested in cutting-edge critical thought to discuss their work together and to explore the insights of interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition, it serves as a forum for distinguished lectures, seminars and an annual workshop. The Annual Kent Lecture in Political and Social Thought is the headline lecture series and recent speakers have included Professor Bernard Stiegler, Professor Chantal Mouffe and Professor William Outhwaite. All students interested in contemporary critical thought are encouraged to become members while at Kent.

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Albena Azmanova : Reader in International Relations

Political traditions and democratisation; globalisation and political identities; European integration.

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Dr Tom Casier : Reader in International Relations

EU as an international actor; EU-Russian relations; Russian foreign policy.

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Professor Feargal Cochrane : Professor of International Conflict Analysis

Conflict studies; Northern Ireland conflict; Irish American diaspora. 

Dr Philip Cunliffe : Senior Lecturer in International Conflict

IR theory; sovereignty; peacekeeping; liberal interventionism; Marxism and critical theory; political theory; social theory.

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Dr Paolo Dardanelli : Senior Lecturer in European and Comparative Politics

Federalism, devolution, secession; nationalism; democracy; state formation and dissolution; European politics.

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Dr Andrea den Boer : Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Human rights and ethics; international political theory; continental political philosophy; feminism.

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Dr Charles Devellennes : Lecturer in Political and Social Thought

Political theory; history of political thought; international relations theory.

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Dr Frank Grundig : Lecturer in International Relations

Power, interests and institutions; regime and rational actor theory; international environmental politics; hegemonic leadership.

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Professor Elena Korosteleva : Professor of International Politics

European politics; EU as a global actor and EU foreign policies studies; Eastern partnership and the new eastern Europe; the concept of democracy and democracy promotion.

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Dr Pak K Lee : Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations

Chinese politics; non-traditional security threats in China (especially energy security and public health security); China’s engagement with global governance.

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Professor Neophytos Loizides : Professor of International Conflict Analysis

Federalism; ethnic conflict; international politics; conflict analysis; negotiation and mediation; referendums.

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Dr Iain MacKenzie : Senior Lecturer in Politics

Critical political theory and philosophy.

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Dr Luca Mavelli : Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

International relations theory, social theory; security and political violence.

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Dr Sean Molloy : Reader in International Relations

Realism; international ethics; democratic peace theory; cosmopolitanism.

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Dr Edward Morgan-Jones : Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics

Parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes; Cabinet composition and termination; West and East European Politics.

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Dr Jane O'Mahony : Senior Lecturer in European Politics

European integration; EU policymaking; Europeanisation; Irish politics.

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Dr Adrian Pabst : Reader in Politics

Political theory and political economy; political philosophy and history of ideas; European thought; religion, politics and ethics, with a special focus on Christian social teaching.

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Dr Stefan Rossbach : Senior Lecturer in Politics

Political theory and methodology; history of political philosophy; religion and politics.

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Professor Richard Sakwa : Professor of Russian and European Politics

Russian government and politics; communism and postcommunism; democratisation. 

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Dr Ben Seyd : Senior Lecturer in British and Comparative Politics

Political institutions; electoral systems; public attitudes to the state and trust; British politics.

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Dr Harmonie Toros : Reader in International Conflict Analysis

Conflict resolution, conflict transformation, terrorism studies.

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Professor Richard G Whitman : Professor of Politics

European studies; international relations; international role of the European Union.

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Dr Andrew Wroe : Senior Lecturer in American Politics

Direct democracy; trust in politics; immigration; race/ethnicity; American politics and government.

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Dr Toni Haastrup : Lecturer in International Security

Human security discourses; gender and feminist international relations; regional security; EU external relations and African peace and security architecture. Recent publications include: Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary EU-Africa Relations (2013).

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Dr Ingvild Bode : Lecturer in International relations

United Nations peacekeeping; thematic mandates at the Security Council; US use-of-force policy; conflict narratives

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Professor Trine Flockhart : Professor of International Relations

International order; European security and transatlantic relations; constructivist theory

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Professor Matthew Goodwin : Professor of Politics and International Relations

Political parties; electoral behaviour; Euroscepticism and immigration.

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Dr Yvan Guichaoua : Lecturer in international Conflict Analysis (Brussels)

The dynamics of insurgency formation; rebel governance and state responses in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Niger since 2004.

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Dr Bojan Savic : Lecturer in International Relations (Brussels)

Game theory; qualitative and quantitative research strategies in relation to conflict and development.

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Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels : Reader in Migration and Politics

Dr. Klekowski von Koppenfels' current research interests focus on the concept of diaspora and transnational engagement of migrants, in particular with respect to Global North migrants, although she remains interested in the phenomena more broadly.

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Dr Laura Sudulich : Senior Lecturer in Politics

Effects of new media on electoral behaviour; electoral campaigns; election forecasting and processes of politicisation.

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Dr Nadine Ansorg : Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis

Post-conflict transformation and institutional reform, Security sector reform, Regional dynamics of conflict and violence and Conflict analysis.

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Dr Maria Malksoo : Senior Lecturer in International Security (Brussles)

Main research interests: The intersection of security, memory and identity politics, and critical IR theory. Previous research has covered social theoretic perspectives of the EU and NATO’s eastern enlargements, liminality in IR, and the conflicts over historical memory between Russia and its former Soviet/East European dependants. Current research focuses on (i) the nexus between transitional justice and foreign policies on the example of post-communist Russia and (ii) NATO’s ‘back to the roots’-policy in re-strengthening its collective defence arm and its eastern flank.

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Dr Yaniv Voller : Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East

The geopolitics of the Middle East, the foreign policies of Middle Eastern states, ideology and practices in shaping international politics

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The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability Coordinator who organises employability events within the School as well as providing students with assistance in securing graduate opportunities. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Politics at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2017. Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Students have access to an excellent library and extensive computing facilities. You also have access to online resources; inter-library loans; video library; online book renewals and reservations; laptop and netbook loan facilities; more than 1,300 study spaces/seats; more than 27,500 books and 10,500 bound periodicals catalogued under politics and international relations and related class marks plus British Government Publications and 50,000 online journals also available off-campus.

The School’s resources include a European Documentation Centre, with all official publications of the EU institutions, and a specialised collection on international conflict and federal studies as well as the University’s collection of political cartoons. In addition, postgraduate research students have their own designated room with 12 computer terminals.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Recent contributions include: Contemporary Political Theory; International Political Sociology; Journal of Human Rights; New Political Economy; Political Studies; Telos. Details of recently published books can be found within the staff research interests section.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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