- TUITION FEES UK – £9,000 / EU/INTERNATIONAL – £13,250
- DURATION 1 Year or 18 months (Full-time), 2 Years (Part-time)
- START DATE September or January
- ACCREDITATION Richmond University QAA / Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)
- LOCATION Kensington Facility (some classes may be taught at our new state of the art campus building in Chiswick Park)
- SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
- INTERNSHIPS Optional 2-6 months internships in UK / US / International via Global Career Center
Radical right extremism is one of the top security concerns for governments on a global scale, with estimates of a three-fold increase in recent years (Global Terrorism Index). Why did this happen? How are terrorism and security evolving today? How can governments tackle extremism and terrorism as well as local and global insurgency and the challenges these pose?
This new MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism is your opportunity to gain an in-depth and cutting-edge understanding of the various approaches to the study of terrorism, security and radical right extremism, as well as how governments are generating public policy responses to these threats.
“Extreme right wing terrorism…is my fastest growing problem. What I am seeing, particularly in the right-wing terrorism space, is an increase in lots of young people being attracted. We are seeing people as young as 13 starting to talk about committing terrorist acts.”
― Neil Basu
The Met assistant commissioner, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer
What makes Richmond special?
Explore what we offer with the help of some of our Master’s students who share their experiences. We give something unique, as the only UK University offering all students a UK and US degree with one programme, providing diversity, choice and freedom.
The MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism, in association with The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), provides a combination of practical and theoretical skills in a highly topical sub-discipline of International Relations, as well as incorporating History, Political Science and Criminology.
Through this programme you will:
- Learn from experts in radical right extremism, global security and strategy who have published extensive research in respected political and historical journals
- Gain a deep insight into global terrorism and security at a time of great change and uncertainty
- Study modules dealing with various aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and security strategies
What you will study
The programme is delivered over one academic year or 18 months full-time from the start of September or January (if taken part-time it is delivered over two years). Students will take six courses, offered over different semesters.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in visits to key institutions, including the Imperial War Museum, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in the UK and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as well as sites of historic interest such as Auschwitz.
At Richmond our postgraduate degree programmes, which are based on the US educational approach, are available as 1 year (full-time) or two year (part-time) options with some programmes offering even more flexibility.
The entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes at Richmond are the same, regardless of your chosen study option, excluding our International Business (MSc) programme
Academic Entry Requirements
- UK first Degree minimum second class honours (2.2)
- US Degree with a minimum CGPA of between 2.5 and 3.0
- or international equivalent
- Academic Interview
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
English Language Entry Requirements
For more information on English Language Requirements visit our How to Apply webpage.
Fees & funding
Undergraduate tuition fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/22 academic year can be found in the table below.
EU / INT / US
|Spring / Fall 2023||Spring / Fall 2023|
|£9,000||£13,250 (Spring 2023)
£13,750 (Fall 2023)
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For more information visit our Tuition Fees & Funding webpage.
This degree will enable students to move into roles which require articulate, clear thinking individuals with a grasp of contemporary events, including government, international organisations, international business, non-governmental organisations, social movements, finance, civil society, public affairs and the media, as well as to doctoral research.
If students wish to specialise, the programme is also designed to facilitate career progression in the field of the radical right and of political extremism, such as counter-terrorism.
We offer support and advice through our Careers and Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your student choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.
Optional accredited internship
Optional Accredited Internship (London or International)
The Internship Programme at Richmond integrates industry knowledge with real working experience. Students will be challenged to relate course projects to the workplace, make contacts which may prove valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills. Internships are designed to be both demanding and rewarding. The internship will provide an opportunity to better understand the marketplace, using the skills learned on courses in a real-world setting, as students produce an assessed record of their experiences.
A broad education of this kind equips graduates for a wide range of careers internationally, while enabling them to develop specialist expertise in areas of particular interest.
Optional Accredited USA Internship (additional cost)
Students interested in gaining work experience in the USA during their last semester and wishing for help to secure a placement can be linked up to Richmond’s partner GCC (Global Career Center).
This organization will offer students comprehensive career training, find them a placement with a hosting company related to their field of studies in the USA and provide all the necessary support to students with their J1 visa application.
This optional internship will incur an additional cost of $3500 (£2600) which will cover: the J1 visa application, site visit and insurance costs ($1820), GCC’s continuous training as well as finding a placement.
The initial cost to start the coaching and training part of the programme is $1,000 and the rest of the fee is only paid once the internship has been confirmed by the host organisation/company and validated by RAIUL’s International Internship Coordinator.
An official certificate of completion will be awarded to every student having successfully completed the programme.
Visit our Careers & Internships webpage for more details on the Host Organisations and examples of Work projects.
For more information contact our Head of Careers and Internships Cecile Loyen.
You will have the choice in the final semester of doing either an internship with a dissertation or an extended research project.
A key benefit of this programme is the potential opportunity to do an internship at some of the UK’s leading counter-extremism governmental agencies, companies and non-governmental organisations – investigating and responding to the radical right extremist threat. It will also include the opportunity to intern at the CARR and – for those pursuing a more journalistic career trajectory – its media partners (Rantt, Open Democracy and Fair Observer).
Potential Internship Partners
- The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right is the leading network of scholars and practitioners working on right-wing extremism. Interns have the opportunity to learn and develop experience across several work strands, including publications, podcasting and updating Fellows.
- Rantt Media is an independent media company that seeks to create community through common understanding with journalism and conversation. Interns will garner experience in content creation, marketing, and social media.
- Tech Against Terrorism works to support the global tech industry in tackling terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. With the support of Public Safety Canada, Tech Against Terrorism is currently building the Terrorist Content Analytics Platform, which interns may be able to assist in developing.
- Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan international human rights organisation with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Interns will learn open source research skills and aid the organisation in investigating extremism in the military and veteran communities in the U.S. Interns will learn open source research skills and aid the organisation in investigating extremism in the military and veteran communities in the U.S.
- The Khalifa-Ihler Institute is a global peace-building organisation working for thriving and inclusive communities. Our key focus rests in the prevention of violence and the celebration of diversity as an integral aspect of thriving communities. Interns have the possibility to work on projects on different topics, such as education in countering hate-speech online and analysis of the global far-right.
- The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) brings together the technology industry, government, civil society, and academia to foster collaboration and information-sharing to counter terrorist and violent extremist activity online. As such, GIFCT is seeking a part-time spring intern to support its research, programming, and technological activities.
How to apply
You can apply for Postgraduate study using our online application form.
Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding.
Visit our How to Apply webpage for more information regarding Entry Requirements, admissions processes and to start your application.
“This innovative programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of a highly topical interdisciplinary subject area incorporating International Relations, History, Political Science and Criminology. It highlights how faculty at Richmond are working with those seeking social change and justice, as a University which is committed to opposing racism and discrimination.””
– Dr Michael F Keating, Professor of International Political Economy