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Security and Terrorism Law (Distance Learning) - PG Cert

Why study this course?

Study international law, human rights law, security and counter-terrorism law with our Security and Terrorism Law (distance-learning) postgraduate certificate course. You’ll discover how you can use these fields of law to tackle the security, policing and counter-terrorism issues our society faces today.

Like our other applicants, you’ll benefit from this course if you already work in the security or intelligence communities, or come from the policing arena and have an interest in security and intelligence.

You’ll learn the latest insights and ideas from our expert teaching team. Their knowledge will provide you with an excellent foundation for employment or career progression in security and terrorism law.

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Police forces and governments can no longer handle security and terrorism issues alone. The security services, foreign diplomats and international organisations are now contributing to this daily challenge. And it is the ordinary civilian whose life is most affected by this struggle.

With our course, you will learn the legal mechanisms that help protect the lives of innocent civilians.

You’ll achieve this through our key teaching and training goals:

  • Introducing you to the main issues, methodologies and institutions in international law, including the United Nations and The International Court of Justice.
  • Providing you with an understanding of the basic principles of legal methods, legal argument and concepts, so you’ll to develop skills in written and oral legal arguments. You’ll also come to understand legal materials including law textbooks, journal articles, statutes and case law.
  • Helping you develop a thorough and systematic knowledge and understanding of the main principles of law in the security and terrorism arena.
  • Training you to evaluate the process by which law is produced and evaluate that process in turn.
  • Stimulating discussion on how national, regional (eg the European Union) and international law interact.
  • Developing your knowledge of dealing with legal principles, including, where appropriate, international conventions, statutes and case law.


You'll be assessed through essays and the final year dissertation. Many modules have two essay assessments, where the first essay provides formative feedback for the second essay. You’ll submit the coursework online via Turnitin.

Professional accreditation

No formal accreditation is needed to specialise in this area of law. However, our course team are in touch with the Securities Institute, which are a key regulatory body. This keeps the teaching team – and the course content – fresh with the latest thinking, research and ideas around security and terrorism law.

You will be required to have at least one of the following:

  • a relevant first degree, such as criminology or the social and political sciences; or
  • specific experience related to crime and security such as police or military work; or
  • relevant professional qualifications

In special circumstances, we may allow you to enrol on the course at the discretion of the course leader if you do not possess the standard entry qualifications. Contact our enquiries team for more information.

The course will be taught in English. If English is not your native language, then evidence of your proficiency in the English language will be required.

vYou’re welcome to apply if you’re an overseas student, and we consider all applications on individual merit regardless of your gender, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background.

You will study three modules for the PGCert (60 credits).

Modules include:

  • Security Studies
  • International Law and International Human Rights Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Military and Security Counter-Terrorism
  • International Security and Terrorism Law

You’ll have career opportunities in the security and intelligence field and in related diplomatic or policy areas. This can include performing due diligence work in the main international banks, non-governmental organisations and financial institutions.

You must pay an application fee when you apply for the course. We’ll deduct this application fee from the remaining course fee once you’ve been accepted onto the course.

There is usually a discount on the fees if you apply early for the course.

See the Informa website for more information on fees and loans.

How to apply

Applications for this course are only processed through our partner Informa. You cannot apply through the University.

When you apply, you’ll need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a scanned copy of your passport and the application fee. You must upload all of these 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 spaces on the course.

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