Please note that this degree is now closed for 2020 entry. Please see our alternative Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies.
This course is currently under development and may be subject to change.
The MSc Disinformation Studies course will provide you with in-depth knowledge and a thorough understanding of all aspects of disinformation.
The interdisciplinary nature of the course utilises the expertise from world leading academics in the fields of Criminology, Information Security, Politics and International Relations, Media and Psychology.
You will be equipped with transferable technical skills in information security combined with an understanding of the sociological and political implications of disinformation and skills learned can be applied to a number of areas of employment such as the military, the civil service, policing, academia, security and criminal justice. The course aims to provide:
- An interdisciplinary understanding of the motivations for, and manifestations of, disinformation
- An overview of core concepts and debates within disinformation and misinformation studies
- A theoretical appreciation of disinformation and misinformation that is directly applicable to practice and policymaking
- All modules are optional
There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.Year 1
In this module you will develop an understanding of computer crime and its history, looking at legal measures such as computer misuse, data protection, criminal damage, software piracy, forgery, and investigative powers. You will examine case studies with emphasis on investigations into hacking, computer misuse and forensics, considering malware such as computer viruses, denial of service attacks and trojan horses. You will also gain an insight into issues that may arise in the future for example, the expansion of the internet, pornography, unsuitable material, and social engineering.
- Human Aspects of Security and Privacy
In this module you will examine the theories, concepts and issues surrounding the role of media in war and conflict in the early twenty-first century. The post-9/11 global security situation and the 2003 Iraq war have prompted a marked increase in interest in questions concerning media, war and conflict, and you look at the relationships between media, governments, military, and audiences/publics, in light of old, new, and potential future security events. You will develop an understanding of the theories of media effects in conflict situations, covering a number of important themes, including embedding, sanitisation, legitimacy, and terrorism and publicity. You will explore the role of ethics, technology, and professional norms that inform war reporting, analysing a range of media with consideration for conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in light of ongoing conflicts around the world.
This module will provide you with an introduction to contemporary debates about the role and influence of new technologies on the values, processes and outcomes of global governance institutions, public bureaucracies, representative institutions including political parties and legislatures, and pressure groups and social movements. You will examine persistent and controversial policy problems such as the digital divide, privacy and surveillance, intellectual property issues, and the power of the new media sector in domestic and global economies. You will primarily consider the politics of the United States and Britain, but will also look at examples from around the world, including developing nations.
- Terrorism, the Media and Communication
Teaching & assessment
- 1 Full time: 6 Taught Units (20 Credits each)
- 2 Each unit one lecture and one seminar.
- 3 Individual supervisionfor the dissertation.
- 4 One dissertation worth 60 credits
- 5 A mixture of assessment methods, reports, presentations, portfolios, peer assessment and a thesis.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
Future career prospects include working with public bodies and organisations concerned with the challenge of disinformation and misinformation including the Civil Service (such as the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office), academia and think tanks with a focus on understanding and countering disinformation.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £7,900
International students tuition fee per year**: £17,900
Other essential costs***: TBC
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions.
Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.