BSc (Hons)

Risk and Security Management

Developed in conjunction with the private security sector

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Why take this course?

The BSc Risk and Security Management has been developed in conjunction with the private security sector. It aims to equip security practitioners, and those working in occupations with a significant security role, with the ability to understand and apply relevant approaches, techniques and processes from both general management and their own specialist management field. It includes questions of strategic and operational management, risk management, security management, business continuity management, cyber security, investigations and counter fraud.

People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for a range of reasons, such as to gain a qualification, broaden their skills, enhance their career prospects, change career direction or challenge themselves. There are no formal entry requirements for this course, and individual applications are assessed based on the candidate’s experience and educational background.

All applicants should apply as soon as possible to reserve a place and ensure adequate preparations are made for the start of your studies.

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Will this course suit me?

Students on the BSc Risk and Security Management range from 18 to 60 in age and come predominantly from the private security sector, military or police at a wide variety of career stages. In other cases our students are working in non-security fields and looking to build an entirely new career in security risk management. Most are seeking to progress within commercial or organisational security or make a transition into the private sector from the military or police, sometimes after 30 years’ service and in other cases much earlier in their careers. Our students come to us from across the UK and all corners of the globe, and are a diverse and interesting group.

We are keen to broaden the range of people who study with us, and offer a system to convert your prior learning in work or volunteering into university credit. Those who have completed an appropriate foundation degree can do the final year of this course and gain a full honours degree.

Students can also exit after 18 months of study and achieve a nationally recognised Certificate of Higher Education or exit after 36 months and achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Higher Education.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates progress to a variety of career destinations in risk and security management, or take advantage of both their degree qualification and the learning they have achieved to advance more quickly within their organisations. Students frequently report transferring the knowledge they have gained in their studies into the workplace and receiving positive feedback from line managers about their progression.

You may earn the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing, vital to a career in a UK police force, on this programme.

How do I apply?

Complete the University's online application form (not a UCAS form)

Neil Peacock, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management

From the onset I quickly realised I had made the right choice; not only was the instruction and guidance academically first class, the back office support was exceptional.

Neil Peacock, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management student 2017

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Key Facts

4.5 years part time by distance learning. Start date: September.
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score ENTRY
Individual applications are assessed based on their experience and educational background. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
Individual applications are assessed based on their experience and educational background. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man students and International students
2017/18 entry: part time: £3,080 p/a* and £1,540* in year 5

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

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BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management

Find out why our degree in risk and security management is the ideal opportunity to combine work and study that will boost your career prospects.

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Stage one

  • Studying Criminology
  • Introduction to Security Management
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Investigation
  • Introduction to Counter Fraud Studies
  • Introduction to Research Skills

Stage two

  • Risk Management
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Information Security
  • Research Methods

Choice of two options from:

  • Anti-Fraud Strategies
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Frameworks of Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Investigation, Psychology and Law
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Penology
  • Police, Law and Community (successful completion leads to Certificate of Knowledge in Policing)
  • Police Operations and Policing Processes
  • Project Management
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Stage three

  • Corporate Security
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Dissertation

Choice of two options from:

  • Business Administration in the Security and Justice Sectors (from 2017-18)
  • Counter Terrorism and UK National Security
  • Criminal Justice and Minority Groups
  • Critical Issues in Public Protection Policing
  • Dangerousness and Dangerous Offenders
  • Interviewing and Evidence
  • Major Crime Investigation – Success And Failure
  • Organised Crime
  • Private Policing
  • Victimology and Victimisation

Teaching and Assessment

You will receive high-quality course materials via our online learning environment. You will also be able to communicate with the tutors and other students through it, as well as present your work. Induction material received at the beginning of the course will introduce you to our online learning environment and the distance learning facilities offered by the University Library.

You will be invited to two annual events in Portsmouth: a two-day induction each September and a study event early in the new year. These allow you to meet staff and other students, as well as participate in more traditional forms of learning, such as lectures and tutorials.

Computer use

You will need to have use of a computer and access to the internet. You do not need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are obviously useful.

Course materials, discussions and seminars are contained in an online learning environment called Moodle. The tools and resources available in Moodle are designed to guide and support your learning and study. You can to access the resources in Moodle whenever or wherever you are (as long as you have access to the internet).

You will be introduced and shown how to access and make use of the tools and resources in Moodle during the induction period though ongoing support and assistance is available throughout your study on the course.

If you don’t have access to the internet you will be at a disadvantage since you won’t be able to make use of the tools and resources available. Moodle is designed to be used via a computer. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smart phone but the functionality will be limited and slower than if you use a computer.

How are you assessed?

All the units in this course are assessed by means of essays and reports. Assessment titles are provided at the beginning of the academic year. Unit materials often contain interactive exercises to encourage you to think and write about the issues being discussed, to test and encourage your learning.

You will receive feedback on your assessed essays, which will indicate what you need to do to obtain better marks in your next essay, alongside the criteria against which your essay was marked. As marks obtained in stage one do not count towards the classification of the degree, you will have time to hone your essay writing skills.

Dr Alison Wakefield

Tutor's view

Dr Alison Wakefield
Risk and Security Management Course Leader

As academic qualifications in security risk management become increasingly important, we are proud to offer a degree tailored to the needs of today's security practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds. Its strengths include a relevant, up-to-date curriculum, excellent administration and support, and a strong, full-time teaching team with acknowledged expertise in the field.

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The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally- renowned focal point for the study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.

Professional Links

Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You will benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.

Distance Learning

Our distinctive approach to supported distance learning, robust procedures for the accreditation of prior learning and modular award framework not only help facilitate access to higher education but also offer flexible and transferable platforms for life-long learning.

Certificate of Knowledge in Policing

The Institute is an accredited provider of the CKP qualification, a prerequisite to applying for a UK police career. Read more: Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You may be required to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend our optional campus induction events and study days. These may be in the region of £50 - £500.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

This degree has been developed to meet the requirements of the expanding security industry, whose roles are becoming increasingly complex. This qualification will give you the skills required to enhance your professional capabilities and will also help to prove these skills to future employers.  The PLC option offers the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing, which may support entry to a police career.

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, you will graduate with a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports a diverse range of career development opportunities in this field.

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Oneil Wildgoose, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management

Each course through research opened my eyes to a changing world and provided me with the tools necessary to be a better security manager in this dynamic domain

Oneil Wildgoose, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management student 2017

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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

Visiting opportunities for distance learners


If you want to know more about undergraduate distance learning courses in ICJS, you will be welcome at our Virtual Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the academic and administrative staff:

  • 18 May, 10am-12pm
  • 27 June, 1pm-3pm
  • 24 July, 7pm-9pm
  • 31 August, 7pm-9pm

Visiting opportunities

Postgraduate Information Days are held twice a year and give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with subject tutors. Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry have now finished.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.