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Security Studies - PG Cert

Why study this course?

Security is one of the fastest growing areas of concern in the academic, corporate and public domains, due not only to the threats of war and terrorism but also issues related to crime, safety, global strategy and political upheaval. This distance learning programme is delivered by Informa and will give you a solid grasp of the of problems facing the international community today.

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More than ever before, 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 of research and analysis.

We'll not only equip you to analyse these types of issues but will also help you 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 platorm. It will give you a solid academic grounding in the fields of criminology, terrorism and intelligence, which will provide you with the critical thinking skills needed to make sense of the ever-changing global security agenda. Thsi expertise will enable you engage with institutions and individuals central to this area.


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 security and security studies. They address critical areas of contemporary concern within security studies, covering issues ranging from US foreign policy through the role of radicalisation in international politics to the evolving dangers of financial and cyber crime.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) forms part of the MSc programme. The MSc is comprised of seven modules and you can apply direct for the MSc level. You also have the option to enrol at Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) level.

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

Those modules are as follows:

  • Security Studies
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Strategic Change in the Global Environment
  • International Financial Crime and Security
  • Security Studies Dissertation

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

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

Typical career destinations include education, marketing, local and public services, journalism or positions within institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. The course is also particularly valuable if you're interested in policy issues or if you career plans 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 spaces on the course.

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