This module is only offered as part of the Counterterrorism MSc and Counterterrorism Risk Management and Resilience MSc. 

This module provides students with the opportunity to engage in a significant independent research project. Students select the topic of the research but the focus must be on an area directly relevant to the terrorism and counterterrorism focus of the programme. The project must be an original piece of research which can be either empirical or literature based in nature.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


  • Identify relevant areas of previous research, placing them in context with a research project and providing critical appraisal.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles and theories and articulate these through reasoned analysis and discussion.
  • Describe the background to an area of research, justify the research methodologies and discuss the main findings and conclusions in a viva voce examination.


  • Assess new research ideas, concepts or methodologies through the use of techniques such as experimentation, analytical models and numerical models.
  • Plan a research project with aims, objectives, risk assessment and time lines (with identification of critical path and contingencies).
  • Write a dissertation in a clear and concise manner with consideration given to the points above.

Core content

  • Execution of a research project under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff.

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