Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Terrorists and cybercriminals are a growing and constant menace to world security. Learn how to fight this threat on the international stage as you study in the UK and Australia on this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and tech know-how to help protect communities, businesses and government organisations from terrorism and cybercrime. In year 3, you'll experience how Australian authorities deal with these threats when you spend a year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia. Course highlights

  • Graduate with 2 degrees – a BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from ECU alongside a BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from the University of Portsmouth
  • Study with academics whose research in areas such as incel culture and the security of smart devices are shaping the future of the sector
  • Develop knowledge and skills that intelligence services employers value in specialist topics like intelligence analysis, physical security, online terrorism, cyberlaw and cybersecurity, international security, radicalisation and extremism
  • Get practical experience in the computing labs at Portsmouth and ECU's Security Operations Centre (SOC) while you explore fields such as network security and digital forensics
  • Learn from staff who have worked as intelligence analysts, investigators and police officers
  • Enhance your career prospects by building a professional network in the UK and Australia during your course
Advantages of dual degrees This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree). When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:
  • BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from University of Portsmouth
  • BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University
Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years. You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which helps you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds. All of this helps you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate. Careers and opportunities Terrorism and cybercrime are among the biggest threats to international security. In the 18 years from 2000 to 2018, it's estimated that terrorism has cost the world economy more than $800 billion and resulted in thousands of deaths. The economic cost of cybercrime is even higher, estimated at $1 trillion a year in 2020. Graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience to identify and manage the threat posed by terrorists and cybercriminals are in high demand, in the UK and abroad. What sectors can you work in with a Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime degree? When you complete this course, you'll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime and counter terrorism units in police, government agencies and private organisations. The international perspective and additional knowledge you gain at an overseas university should give you a distinct advantage when progressing your career after the course. You could work in areas such as:
  • counter terrorism
  • crime prevention
  • criminological research
  • intelligence analysis
  • digital investigations
  • security consultancy
You could also work in the prison system or further your studies at postgraduate level.


Modules Year 1 (at Portsmouth) Core modules:

  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Cyberspace, Subcultures and Online Deviance (20 credits)
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations (20 credits)
  • Understanding Criminology (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 (at Portsmouth) Core modules:
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response (20 credits)
  • Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare (20 credits)
  • Researching Criminology (20 credits)
Optional modules:
  • Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)
  • Cybercrime Clinic (20 credits)
  • Drugs and Society (20 credits)
  • Forensic Linguistics: Language As Evidence (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation (20 credits)
  • Gang Crime (20 credits)
  • Global Environmental Justice (20 credits)
  • Global Security (20 credits)
  • Hate Crime (20 credits)
  • Penology and Prison (20 credits)
  • Policing and Society (20 credits)
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience L5 (20 credits)
  • Psychology and Security (20 credits)
  • Questioning Criminology (20 credits)
  • The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses (20 credits)
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 (20 credits)
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response (20 credits)
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice (20 credits)
Year 3 (at Edith Cowan University) Core modules:
  • Intelligence Foundations (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Physical Security (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Terrorism & International Security (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Applied Intelligence (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Counterterrorism (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Counter Intelligence (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Intelligence Analysis (Ecu) (15 credits)
  • Radicalism & Political Extremism (Ecu) (15 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 4 (at Portsmouth – 6 months)
  • Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Dissertation / Major Project (40 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: Reports Essays Annotated bibliographies Case study work Project plans Presentations 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 all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1385 EU – £1385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS