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PhD in Terrorism Studies and Deradicalization (Online)

Program Type

Program Type: PhD

School / Institute

School of Diplomacy and Global Affairs

Study Mode

Online + Full Time and Part Time

Overview

EUCLID’s online PhD in terrorism studies and deradicalization is unique in that it is offered by an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a university mandate. EUCLID has specialized expertise in global affairs, including interfaith studies. EUCLID is a partner of several organizations that are relevant to this program, notably the World Mediation Organization (Berlin) and two affiliated institutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IsDB, ICCIA).

This new program addresses a tremendous global need for truly qualified professionals able to serve at all levels of government and civil society as experts in the field of what is generally referred to as Islamic radicalization leading to the clear and present threat of violent extremism or even terrorist actions. EUCLID’s approach to delivering the highest possible level of competency in terrorism studies as well as deradicalization solutions is both multilevel and multidisciplinary.

  • Multilevel means that MTSD and DTSD graduates will be able to function at various levels, global, national, local (city), communal and inter-personal.
  • Multidisciplinary means that the program brings together knowledge from various areas of competence, including psychology, sociology, and religious studies.

EUCLID is uniquely qualified in terms of educational philosophy because it does view this field of study from US-centric or Euro-centric perspectives. It frankly tackles the issue of Islamophobia as well as realism, "laïcité" and cultural imperialism in order to form well-informed and balanced experts who may come from a variety of national and religious backgrounds.

Academic Presentation

Radicalization and terrorism are foremost threats  globally, not only in Western Europe but also in Muslim-majority countries such as Iraq and Jordan. Although the percentage of Muslims that are radicalized in the sense of being willing to engage in terrorist acts is extremely small, the fact that there are more that one billion Muslims in the world today, many living in very adverse circumstances, has led to tragic events associated with the phenomenon known as Islamic radicalization.

This program aims precisely at training highly knowledgeable and competent experts who will be able to meet the tremendous demand for professionals at all level of society, academia and government. It is important to note that this programs covers not only violent Islamic radicalization but also other forms of terrorism and radicalization, including but not limited to far-left, far-right, neo-nazi, islamophobic, national Hindu, Christianity-inspired, State-sponsored and eco-terrorism.

These are some of the critical topics covered in EUCLID’s unique online master in terrorism studies and radicalization – unique because offered by an international intergovernmental organization committed to facilitating dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as unique for being delivered completely is distance / online format. This program is also unique for blending personal level psychology with high-level issues (diplomacy, inter-religious dialogue) and practical skills (mediation), the purpose being to offer comprehensive coverage of this broad topic.

EUCLID + WMO= GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT AND EXPERTISE

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Photo above: EUCLID Secretary-General with Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad (Jordan)

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Photo above: EUCLID Prof Daniel Erdmann lecturing on Mediation and Peace Building

Requirements

Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook/database or otherwise duly recognized/accredited. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered for Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) who may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

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Program Outline

PRIMARY COURSES
Code
Course Name
USCH

International Academic Writing (Doctorate)

2

Argumentation and Critical Thinking

2

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Leiden)

3

Islamic Terrorism in Africa

3

Studies in Modern Islamic Radicalization

4

Studies in Deradicalization

3

Global Counter-Terrorism

3

Doctoral Directed Studies

3

DDIA Thesis 1/5 Bibliography + Outline

5

DDIA Thesis 2/5 Draft

5

DDIA Thesis 3/5 Completed Draft

5

DDIA Thesis 4/5 Editing

5

DDIA Thesis 5/5 Final Review

5
Total Credit Hours (USCH):
48

Employment Outlook

This EUCLID PhD in Terrorism Studies and De-Radicalization provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career in this challenging but high-demand field of work. Career opportunities exist at the international, local and inter-personal levels in the public sector as well as academia. EUCLID’s alumni have been successful in securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations.

Why Study @ EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

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