Mode of StudyFull-time with year abroad
Duration3.5 years full-time with year abroad
Start dateSeptember 2023
Terrorists and cybercriminals are a growing and constant menace to world security.
Learn how to fight this threat on the international stage as you study in the UK and Australia on this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree.
You'll develop the skills, knowledge and tech know-how to help protect communities, businesses and government organisations from terrorism and cybercrime. In year 3, you'll experience how Australian authorities deal with these threats when you spend a year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia.
- Graduate with 2 degrees – a BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from ECU alongside a BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from the University of Portsmouth
- Study with academics whose research in areas such as incel culture and the security of smart devices are shaping the future of the sector
- Develop knowledge and skills that intelligence services employers value in specialist topics like intelligence analysis, physical security, online terrorism, cyberlaw and cybersecurity, international security, radicalisation and extremism
- Get practical experience in the computing labs at Portsmouth and ECU's Security Operations Centre (SOC) while you explore fields such as network security and digital forensics
- Learn from staff who have worked as intelligence analysts, investigators and police officers
- Enhance your career prospects by building a professional network in the UK and Australia during your course
This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).
When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from University of Portsmouth
- BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University
Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.
You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.
All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.
You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.
You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.
Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.
Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.
Why study the Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree?
Meet your Course Leader, Dr Leah Fox, as she explains what you'll study on this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree.
Dr Leah Fox: This course is bachelor of honours in Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime, and it's a dual award degree course, and in this case, students will be able to graduate with two degrees. Within the three and a half years, the first two years will be spent in the University of Portsmouth following that, students will study their third year in Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, and then they'll come back to complete their studies.
It's a multidisciplinary course that will allow students to gain a good, in-depth knowledge in three specific subject areas: counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime. They'll be covering cybercrime related subject areas or topics whilst they're studying in Portsmouth. The counter terrorism and intelligence aspects of the course will be covered whilst they're studying in Australia. Some of their modules that look into physical security, intelligence analysis, some of the applications of the intelligence techniques in relation to counter terrorism operations.
We're looking for an applicant who wants to make a change, who is open minded and prepared to be confronted with a number of challenges. But overall, someone who is curious and wants to learn. Studying in Australia brings a number of benefits. In addition to getting a more comprehensive and enhanced knowledge, students also will be able to get to network with other individuals from different countries.
They will enhance their overall experience. They'll be exposed to different cultures and it will help them tremendously in their future career prospects. They'll have access to an intelligence analysis in cyber security. They'll be able to become analysts, or they'll be able to pursue their career in policing. This will create an immense benefit in terms of their employment opportunities.
Even though they're geographically away, they'll still be able to get access to that same level of support as they were getting in the University of Portsmouth, so they'll have access to wellbeing, they'll have access to financial services, they'll have access to personal tutoring. In addition to that, students are able to still gain access to student loans in order to get support with traveling and accommodation. When the students come back from any study abroad, they are transformed. They're immensely competent. They are able to bring in their knowledge and share it with other students here locally.
They're confident and immensely proud for students and and to be able to see that achievement is fantastic.
- A levels – AAB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- T levels – Merit – Distinction
- Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.
You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't 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.
Careers and opportunities
Terrorism and cybercrime are among the biggest threats to international security. In the 18 years from 2000 to 2018, it's estimated that terrorism has cost the world economy more than $800 billion and resulted in thousands of deaths. The economic cost of cybercrime is even higher, estimated at $1 trillion a year in 2020.
Graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience to identify and manage the threat posed by terrorists and cybercriminals are in high demand, in the UK and abroad.
What sectors can you work in with a Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime degree?
When you complete this course, you'll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime and counter terrorism units in police, government agencies and private organisations.
The international perspective and additional knowledge you gain at an overseas university should give you a distinct advantage when progressing your career after the course.
You could work in areas such as:
- counter terrorism
- crime prevention
- criminological research
- intelligence analysis
- digital investigations
- security consultancy
You could also work in the prison system or further your studies at postgraduate level.
Ongoing career support - up to 5 years after you graduate
Using your skills in the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
Put what you learn into practice and enhance your CV by providing advice to individuals, community groups, schools, colleges and businesses in our Cybercrime Awareness Clinic.
What is a dual degree?
Learn about our dual degree programmes with Edith Cowan University in Australia.
Chris Chang: We have a strategic partnership with Edith Cowan University in Australia, particularly for students who have not travelled abroad or lived abroad, that gives them the opportunity to experience a dual degree. The design of our programs means that we have developed the program from the ground up, which doesn't require you to study that much more time for a degree program.
Heather Massey: There's lots of reasons why people might want to come and study this dual award course at the University of Portsmouth. Learning in a different environment from different tutors and the facilities that they have at Edith Cowan are absolutely first-class.
Chris Chang: Students have the opportunity to travel for a year and the question that some students will have is "how will I be able to afford this?" Now the UK Government has launched the Turing program and what this program does is fund them to do study abroad, internships, placements. It makes it accessible to all students from different groups, whether they are international students or students from the UK.
Dr Sarah Reynolds: Experiencing life in a different country. You would mature and develop your confidence during that time and definitely walk out of the degree, I think standing up a bit taller than if you hadn't.
Chris Chang: Now the benefits of this is that you can actually show to employers that you have two degrees from two different universities in two different countries. Jobs these days have changed quite substantially. Your future job may not be in the UK and employers are looking for the kind of employees that are able to work in different contexts, different cultures be able to work in multidisciplinary and multinational teams.
One of the other benefits of this program is that you can actually travel around, not just, Australia but around the ASEAN region because from Perth it's a very short flight to Hong Kong; to Singapore; to Malaysia.
Heather Massey: It's an amazing opportunity to learn both from experts in their field, but also learn about how different people in a different culture operate.
Chris Chang: There are inter-semester breaks of two-three months and you should use that opportunity to see the world. The other thing that you have is having studied a year abroad, you will make friends who could in the future be your supporters, be your allies, and be your collaborators of the future.
Dr Leah Fox: Even though they're geographically away. They'll still be able to get access to that same level of support as they were getting in Portsmouth. They'll have access to wellbeing, they'll have access to financial services, they'll have access to personal tutoring.
Chris Chang: These courses that we have delivered so far: Global Sport Management, Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Environmental Science and Management are all in very specialist and niche areas. Means that wherever you end up working or living, you're prepared for it. The demand for these courses are high, so we want highly motivated students who will benefit from this program and benefit from a year abroad.
Dr Leah Fox: We're looking for an applicant who wants to make a change, who is open minded and prepared to be confronted with a number of challenges. But overall, someone who is curious and wants to learn.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.
In years 1, 2 and 3 you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
In your final year (which lasts 6 months), you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits, plus a module worth 20 credits.
In Years 1, 2 and 4, you'll be studying at the University of Portsmouth.
In Year 3, you'll be studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
- Understanding Criminology — 20 credits
- Essential Skills for Criminologists — 40 credits
- Criminal Justice —20 credits
- Cyberspace, Subculture and Online Deviance —20 credits
- Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations — 20 credits
- Cyber Security and Forensic Computing — 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights — 20 credits
- Questioning Criminology — 20 credits
- Researching Criminology — 20 credits
- Community Justice — 20 credits
- Crimes of the Powerful — 20 credits
- Cultural Criminology — 20 credits
- Cybercrime Clinic — 20 credits
- Engaged Citizenship in Humanities and Social Sciences — 20 credits
- Forensics Fundamentals — 20 credits
- Forensics Investigations — 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation — 20 credits
- Gang Crime — 20 credits
- Global, State and Corporate Security — 20 credits
- Global Environmental Justice — 20 credits
- Hate Crime — 20 credits
- Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) — 20 credits
- Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare — 20 credits
- Penology and Prison — 20 credits
- Policing and Society — 20 credits
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation — 20 credits
- Professional Experience — 20 credits
- Psychology and Society — 20 credits
- The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses — 20 credits
- Underworlds: Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 — 20 credits
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice — 20 credits
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response — 20 credits
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice — 20 credits
- Applied Intelligence
- Physical Security
- Counter Intelligence
- Counter Terrorism
- Intelligence Foundations
- Terrorism and International Security
- Radicalism and Political Extremism
- Intelligence Analysis
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Dissertation / Major Project — 40 credits
- Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice — 20 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- interactive workshops
Teaching staff at Portsmouth and Edith Cowan University in Perth are from relevant law enforcement and security backgrounds.
Teaching staff at both universities are also engaged in research. This means you learn about the latest theories and concepts, which is especially important in the fields of counter terrorism and cybercrime where new technologies and types of crime are constantly emerging.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
This is a unique opportunity to develop an international perspective of counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime in a global environment. Studying in a new country enables countless opportunities to experience new cultures and values, develop interpersonal skills and build connections.
How you're assessed
- project plans
- case study work
- annotated bibliographies
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.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.
In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 7–9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 but this depends which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
You'll finish your final year in December.
The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:
- February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
- June – exam period 1
- July to October – semester 2
- November – exam period 2
You'll start year 3 at ECU in semester 2 in July, finishing in semester 1 in May.
Where you'll study (year 3)
You'll study at Edith Cowan University's Joondalup Campus during your third year and student accommodation is available on the Mount Lawley Campus. Both campuses offer a library, computer labs, cafes, bars, a fitness centre, student support and counselling services.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face, video and phone support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Types of support
You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.
Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You’ll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
As well as support from faculty 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
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2023 start)
- Year 1 and 2 – £9,250
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
- Year 1 and 2 – £9,250
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Includes Transition Scholarship. Fees may be subject to annual increase.
- Year 1 – £17,200
- Year 2 – £17,200
- Year 3 – £1,800
- Year 4 – £8,100
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 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.
You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.
The Edith Cowan University website has information on your accommodation options.
During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.
Tuition fees for that year are:
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)
The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.
How to apply
To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – L312
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar course once you're at Portsmouth or study this course as a single degree if you decide not to attend Edith Cowan University in year 3.
Come to an Open Day
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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.