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Terrorism, Policing and Security (Distance Learning) - MSc

Why study this course?

Policing and security policies are increasingly dominated by acts of national and international terrorism. This distance learning course studies the growing threat of extremism and the responses from law enforcement and security bodies. The master's course is invaluable for individuals or organisations who have a duty to protect people, infrastructure, supply chains and the community at large. It's also ideal for anyone curious about the topic or interested in a career in law enforcement, security, counter-terrorism operations, international relations, diplomacy or homeland security. The distance learning course is taught in partnership with IBC academy via its online learning platform.

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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.

This course explores the potential causes behind the recent rise in extremism and the sociological, ethical and legal issues that accompany it. You will develop your understanding of contemporary theories surrounding terrorism and security, and evaluate key policies and philosophies.

You’ll also look at responses to terror threats from militaries, lawmakers and police, and study the different tactics and techniques that can be used to combat these threats.


You'll be assessed through essays and a dissertation. 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
  • Military and Security Responses to Terrorism
  • Police and Society
  • Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime. Safety and Security
  • Terrorism, Security and Policing Dissertation

This course prepares you for a career in the security and intelligence field, particularly within international relations organisations. You may wish to pursue a career in organisations such as the United Nations or as part of a national government.

You'll also develop skills to support you in a law enforcement or homeland security role or even working in security for large, international companies.

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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