Terrorism and Security Management (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Explore different aspects of terrorism and security management from a holistic perspective on this part-time Master's degree, which you can study over two years by distance learning. You'll gain subject specific knowledge, including a theoretical understanding of what leads to acts of terror within national and international contexts. You'll also develop an understanding of the intersection between research and practice and take an evidence-based approach as you delve into terrorism, security management, the global landscape of cybersecurity, and the managing of serious crime investigations. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to contribute to this important and emerging field of study crucial for global security, ready to enter criminal justice practice anywhere in the world.

  • Increase your level of specialism in terrorism and security management by exploring these subjects in depth, and choose between optional modules in cybersecurity or serious crime investigation management
  • Be taught by expert academics from our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, many with previous experience as police officers, crime scene officers, probation officers and intelligence analysts
  • Get involved with our criminology research groups, such as the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity group, the Economic Crime group, and the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime
  • Complete a major project based on your chosen area of research, with the support of qualified and enthusiastic experts in the field
Careers this Master's prepares you for Maintaining international security is an increasingly complex challenge in the face of threats that include terrorism, espionage, cybercrime, hostile activity and sabotage. This Master's in Terrorism and Security Management will prepare you for a career taking positive steps against these threats, across a range of roles spanning the criminal justice arena. You’ll graduate with knowledge of practice and theory in the fields of terrorism and security, as well as the research and analytical skills needed for private or public sector careers in the UK or abroad. If you already work in the field of criminal justice, you'll be ready to pursue higher-level roles, or to break into a different area of the discipline. If you're preparing to start your career in criminal justice, you'll gain the knowledge and advanced research problem-solving skills you need to stand out to employers and contribute positively to justice system reform. You could also go on to a graduate scheme such as PoliceNow or the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme. Graduates of this course can go on to roles such as:
  • counterterrorism analyst
  • policing (as an officer or civilian staff)
  • crime, security and intelligence analysis
  • cybersecurity
  • private security
  • data analyst
Graduates of this course can go on to work for organisations such as:
  • the Civil Service
  • national and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • international government agencies and departments
  • probation and prison service
  • the Courts
  • local administration / authorities
  • charities


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits. Part-time Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Terrorism and Security - 30 credits
  • Security Management - 30 credits
  • Research Methods and Research Ethics - 30 credits
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Dissertation - 60 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity - 30 credits
  • Managing Serious Investigations - 30 credits
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • reports
  • oral presentations
  • projects and portfolios
  • seminar participation and engagement
  • dissertation / major report
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Law, Psychology, or Management subject). Information Technology or science related subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with equivalent professional experience in a relevant organisation will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

**Postgraduate fees for 2024 entry will be available shortly.** For further fee information please see the corresponding University of Portsmouth course page or visit https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding
Terrorism and Security Management (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS