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Counter-Terrorism Studies (Distance Learning) - PG Cert

Why study this course?

In a globalised world, the threat from terrorism is either immediate or a constant part of our lives. This distance learning course in counter-terrorism studies explores the strategies and controversies of those agencies tasked with fighting this threat. It also equips you to analyse these types of problems and helps you to grasp the important inter-disciplinary links with security studies. These skills will open up a wide range of career opportunities and enable you to engage with institutions and individuals central to this area.

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This postgraduate degree will explore all aspects of counter-terrorism including responses from the community, the security services and the military, situating them within a contemporary legal and ethical framework.

National governments, international agencies and major corporations recognise the need for personnel with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate exceptional skills in research and analysis. We'll teach you to analyse these types of issues and to place them in the context of broader military, strategic and political considerations.

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It will assess important terrorism events and issues of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, analyse justifications for the increasing securitisation of social life and connect the conceptual basis of the discipline to some of the practical issues facing the international community.

Course modules provide opportunities for a review of emerging terrorism threats and the issues pertaining to counter-terrorism, law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector. You'll develop your own area of expertise within the fields of terrorism and counter-terrorism studies and gain an understanding of how the concept of counter-terrorism and security has been rearticulated and challenged in our contemporary context by engaging with some of the most pressing issues of our day.

In particular, you'll focus on understanding and applying intelligence and analytical thinking to practical problems by looking at current and emerging terrorism issues and potential solutions. You'll discover how policing, law enforcement and politicians are trying to counter and combat threats in a global environment.


To successfully complete the course you must pass each module. Assessment will incorporate coursework, online examinations, research assignments and essays. You'll be expected to participate in the virtual learning environment with tutors and fellow students.

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification

Alternatively a graduate level professional qualification and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) may be accepted.

Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

Modules on this course examine key themes and debates shaping the concepts of counter-terrorism and security studies. They address critical areas of contemporary concern within counter-terrorism studies, covering issues stretching from US military policy and countering the threat from radicalisation, to the evolving dangers from the financing of terrorism.

The PGCert level is three modules of study, the PGDip comprises the same three modules plus three others and the MSc is all six modules plus a dissertation.

You can apply direct for the MSc level but also have the option to enrol at Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) level as well.

If you enrol at one of the lower levels you also have the option of continuing your studies at a higher level on the same or future intakes. Further fees will apply.

The modules are as follows:

  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
  • Military and security responses to Terrorism
  • Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism
  • Understanding Terrorist Finance
  • Counter-Terrorism Studies Dissertation

For full details of the programme syllabus or to download a prospectus, please visit our course partner’s website.

This distance learning course will benefit anyone wishing to work for a public, private or international organisation.

Typical career destinations include military, security services, local and public services, journalism or positions within institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. The course is particularly valuable if you're interested in policy issues or if your career plans will involve dealing with international security affairs and you'd benefit from a solid academic grounding in the field.

The fees include an application fee which is due when you apply and is then deducted from the fees once you have been accepted. There is normally a discount on the fees if you apply early in the process.

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How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

Applications for this course are processed via our partner Informa (you should not apply to the University direct as you can only apply via Informa).

When you apply, you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a scanned copy of your passport and the application fee. These can all be uploaded via the online application form.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

The application deadline is 26 August 2016.

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