Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


Security Management skills are always in demand in both the public and private sector, with organisations looking to protect their personnel, assets, information and reputation from criminal threats as diverse as fraud and terrorism. This MSc Security Management degree course gives you the tools you need to progress in this in–demand field.

On this course, you'll learn about the key themes in the field of security management, including how changes to policy and legislation inform practice.

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work as a security professional in the public or private sectors, and if you're already working in the field, then you'll have the skills to advance your career.

On this course, you'll:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills to meet new guidelines and regulations in the security industry
  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Draw on the expertise and facilities of our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • Be supported by qualified and enthusiastic staff who are experts in the field

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the skills and professionalism needed for a career in the security management sector.

Career opportunities include:

  • Security Management
  • Risk Management
  • Law enforcement
  • Prison/probation service
  • Criminal Justice
  • Investigation/Intelligence

Depending on the specialist options you choose to study, you'll can also pursue a career in fields such as policing, cybersecurity and counter fraud.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your security management skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study

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

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.



Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • individual and group projects
  • online materials

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • research proposal
  • dissertation/major project

Apply for this course using our online application form.

Note you're applying for MSc Criminal Justice – you'll graduate with a MSc Security Management degree title when you choose the relevant modules at the start of the course.