Security Management

Informed by the latest thinking in the security sector

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Why take this course?

Security management has become an increasingly important issue in organisations, with many now employing specialists to protect their people, assets, information and reputation from risks such as crime, fraud, accidents and protesters. This course is therefore designed to meet this increased need for enhanced professionalism.

The course can be studied through campus-based learning or through a combination of distance learning and block teaching.

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What will I experience?

  • Develop your knowledge and skills to meet new guidelines and regulations
  • Improve your career prospects for employment or promotion

What opportunities might it lead to?

Who should attend the course?

  • Graduates seeking a specialist qualification to secure a job in security
  • Security and fraud risk professionals holding a good honours degree
  • Policy-makers with a responsibility for security with a good honours degree

How do I apply?

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

Will Smith, MSc Security Management student

The course is designed in such a way that you can pace yourself and spread it over a long period. Support, advice and help were always at hand from the lecturers and other students.

Will Smith, MSc Security Management student

Key Facts

1 year full time (campus-based), 2 years part time distance learning (with some attendance)
2017 entry requirements
A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components. Distance learning applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in Reading and Writing components.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £4,700

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600

Distance Learning students (All fee regions)
2017/18 entry: £2,100 p/a* 

* Fees are subject to annual increase.

Full-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Distance learning course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

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MSc Security Management

Academic staff and former students from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies talk about their experience of studying for a Master's degree in Security Management and of professionalising the security industry.

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  • Security Management (Campus Block Teaching)
  • Research Methods and Research Management (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
  • 15,000-word Dissertation
  • Two options from:
    • Crisis Management and Governance (Campus Block Teaching)
    • Investigation and Psychology (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
    • Countering Fraud and Corruption (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
    • International and Transnational Offending (Distance Learning)
    • International Fraud and Corruption (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
    • Managing Justice and Security Organisations (Distance Learning)

Please note that all options are subject to minimum student numbers and may not all be available. In addition, the course structure may vary from year to year. However, course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Teaching and Assessment

Full-time campus-based

This course is delivered on campus via lectures, seminars and the latest e-resources. Some of the core units are shared with distance learning students over intensive teaching blocks.

Part-time (distance learning and block teaching)

This mode is delivered by a combination of campus-based intensive teaching, distance learning and the latest e-resources. You will need to attend on campus for the teaching of the following core units:

  • Security Management 
  • Crisis Management and Governance (optional unit)
  • Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (optional unit)

Academic support

All ICJS campus-based students will be assigned a personal tutor, responsible for pastoral support and guidance, and have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing and counselling etc.

All ICJS distance learning students are supported in the initial stages by the extended Induction Programme (online and face-to-face). Immediately following induction, an ‘engagement officer’ proactively ensures any issues are resolved rapidly, and thereafter personal support is provided by your course leader for the duration of your studies.

Academic support will be delivered by the relevant academic unit coordinators and the course leader via the internet, telephone and email. All students have access to the formal and informal support areas of the online course discussions areas (Graduate Common Room), student peer support and library support services in specific discussion rooms.

How are you assessed?

Assessment will be based upon a range of written assignments including essays, reports, a presentation, a dissertation proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Professor Mark Button

Tutor's view

Professor Mark Button
Security Management

The course has been designed with the help of professionals and introduces you to the diversity of security management as well as some of the latest cutting-edge ideas and research to enhance your employability.

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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.

Meeting Professional Needs

Designed with input from security professionals and delivered in partnership with Portsmouth Business School, this course prepares you for employment in the diverse security management sector. You will explore the latest cutting-edge ideas and research in security, improving your core transferable skills in security management, crisis management and governance, with options covering fraud, investigation, cybercrime and organisational risk. 

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.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

David Davey, MSc Security Management student

Portsmouth provided the environment necessary for me to develop and succeed. The support I received from the tutors and lecturers was invaluable. I relied heavily on the extensive catalogue of books and journals available in the library. The staff in the library were always accommodating, helpful and generous with their time.

David Davey, MSc Security Management student

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Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.

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Career prospects

Risks and new regulation have increased the needs for enhanced professionalism in the field. This course is designed to help those working in the field to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet these needs. It may also be followed by those wishing to enter employment in this sector.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Apply now

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.