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Security and Terrorism Law (distance learning) - PG Dip

Why study this course?

Our Security and Terrorism Law (distance-learning) postgraduate diploma explores the concepts of security, policing and counter-terrorism in conjunction with international law, human rights law, security and counter-terrorism law.

You'll benefit from our course if you're working in the security and intelligence communities, or are in the policing arena and have an interest in security and intelligence.

Leading experts will share their latest legal insights with you. This will provide you with an excellent foundation for employment or career progression in security and terrorism law.

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Security and terrorism are no longer just matters for the police and national governments. Security services, diplomats and international organisations are now heavily involved in combating these daily challenges, and the situation is impacting increasingly on the lives of ordinary citizens.

Much of this impact comes about through legal mechanisms that address security and counter-terrorism issues. By understanding the legal foundation of these mechanisms, you'll be better placed to alter the impact of security and terrorism on our citizens and society.

The aims of the course are to:

  • introduce you to international law and its main issues, methodologies and institutions such as the United Nations and The International Court of Justice
  • provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of legal methods, legal arguments and concepts
  • develop your skills in written and oral legal arguments and understand how to use materials including law textbooks, journal articles, statutes and case law
  • help you develop thorough knowledge and understanding of the main principles of law in the security and terrorism arena
  • train you to evaluate the process by which law is produced
  • stimulate discussion on how national, regional (eg the European Union) and international law interact
  • develop your knowledge of dealing with legal principles including, where appropriate, international conventions, statutes and case law


You'll be assessed through essays and a final year dissertation. Many modules have two essay assessments, where the first essay provide 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 in touch with the Securities Institute, which a key regulatory body. This helps keep the team is aware of the latest industry developments.

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

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

In special circumstances, you may be allowed 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.

You’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.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

You'll study six modules (120 credits).

Year 1 modules include:

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

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

You must pay an application fee when you apply. We’ll deduct this application fee from the overall course fee once you’ve been accepted on to the course.

There is normally a discount on the fees if you apply early in the process.

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 on Informa.

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.

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