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Security Management (Distance Learning) - PG Cert

Why study this course?

Security management is a rapidly growing profession, with companies under increasing pressure to combat regulatory and actual risks. This distance learning course provides you with the skills and expertise to overcome these challenges through the insights of intelligence professionals, the police service and security studies.

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Taught via Informa’s online learning platform, this course allows you to set your own schedule and to fit your studies around work or other commitments.

But flexible distance learning doesn’t mean missing out on high-calibre tuition. This course is taught by leading experts in each of the relevant fields, who deliver their lectures via video and audio files and tutorial discussions.

Throughout this course, you’ll examine security threats such as cybercrime, corporate espionage and identity theft on both a theoretical and practical level. You’ll look at strategies to combat these risks and how they’re implemented.

You’ll also look at security on a broader scale, relating to terrorism, intelligence analysis and the domain of public protection. This will involve studying government agencies and law enforcement, and the way intelligence can be obtained and used.


You are assessed with essays. Many modules have two essay assessments and the first essay provides formative feedback for the second essay. The course work is submitted online via Turnitin.

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant second class honours degree (such as in criminology, social or political science), or an overseas equivalent qualification

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

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who have English as a second language will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

The MSc programme is comprised of seven modules. You can apply direct for the MSc level but also have the option to enrol at Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) level as well.

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

The modules include:

  • Security Studies
  • Security Management
  • International Financial Crime and Security
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
  • Security Management Dissertation

This course prepares you for a role working in the security and intelligence field, whether for diplomatic organisations or international companies. With the experience gained through your studies, you’ll be particularly suited to due diligence work.

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.

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