Risk and Security Management (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
4.5 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you’re already working in security, or want to break into the field, this flexible BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management distance learning degree course will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to take on ambitious roles and realise your potential.

We've developed this course with the private security sector, so the skills and knowledge you develop are relevant and valuable to your career. You'll study topics including strategic and operational management, risk management, security management, business continuity management, cyber security, investigations and counter fraud.

With your expertise in the latest security and risk management techniques, processes and approaches, you’ll graduate from this course with enhanced career opportunities and the ability to contribute more value to your current employer. You'll also learn skills you can apply to your current role before you graduate.

Read more about our distance learning crime and criminology degrees in this downloadable leaflet.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in the security sector
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Have optional opportunities to attend the University
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Develop academic and professional expertise in the security sector
  • Have full access to the University Library's online resources
  • Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Specialise in areas that are relevant to you, by choosing units that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
  • Get a Certificate of Higher Education after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you’ll boost your career prospects and be prepared to take on roles across the public, private and military security sector.

If you're not already in work or want to take on a new role, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

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

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each stage, you need to study units worth a total of 80 credits. For example, 2 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year currently include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year currently include:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • 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 Operations and Policing Processes
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Core units currently include:

  • Corporate Security
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Dissertation

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Administration in the Security and Justice Sectors
  • Contemporary International Policing Systems
  • 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

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, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies and enhance your CV. We can also help you plan the next steps in your career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

We'll invite you to an optional event in Portsmouth each September. On this 2-day induction event, you'll meet staff and students, and participate in lectures, seminars and workshops

These allow you to meet staff and other students, and take part in traditional forms of learning such as lectures and tutorials.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. 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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework
  • Entry requirements​

    Entry Requirements

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2019 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students and International students:
      • Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 (80 credits a year): £3,080
      • Year 5 (40 credits): £1,540
    Fees may be subject to annual increase

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

    Additional costs

    You’ll study up to 4 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

    If your final stage 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.

    You may need to pay additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, of £50–£500 to attend our optional campus induction events and study days.

    Apply

    How to apply

    Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

    Not quite ready to apply? Attend a Virtual Open Day to explore our course facilities.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.