Mode of Study

Part-time by distance learning


2 years part-time by distance learning

Start date

September 2024


Explore different aspects of terrorism and security management from a holistic perspective on this part-time Master's degree, which you can study over two years by distance learning.

You'll gain subject specific knowledge, including a theoretical understanding of crime and offending behaviour, and its national and international contexts. You'll also develop an understanding of the intersection between research and practice and take an evidence-based approach as you delve into terrorism, security management, the global landscape of cybersecurity, and the managing of serious crime investigations.

When you graduate, you'll be equipped to contribute to this important and emerging field of study crucial for global security, ready to enter criminal justice practice anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements

September 2024 start

Qualifications or experience

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (Social Science, Humanities, Law, Psychology, or Management subject). Information Technology or science related subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants with equivalent professional experience in a relevant organisation will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll study

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

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


Core modules in this year include:

  • Terrorism and Security - 30 credits
  • Security Management - 30 credits
  • Research Methods - 30 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation - 60 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity - 30 credits
  • Managing Serious Investigations - 30 credits

Changes to course content

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.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2024 start)

  • Part-time: TBC

Including the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • Part-time: TBC

Part-time: TBC


Standard applications

Start this course in September 2024

Apply now (Part-time, 2 years)

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2022, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.