MSc in Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience

General

Program Description

The MSc Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience is a specialist course designed particularly for those working in the risk management and risk mitigation sectors. Cranfield has a long history of specialising in defence and security subjects and boasts unique facilities for teaching and research in these areas. This course brings together a distinctive mix of different subjects, providing students with the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and evidence-based methodological tools and approaches necessary to understand, analyse, prevent and mitigate terrorism.

Overview

  • Start date: October
  • Duration: Full-time: 11 months; Part-time: three years
  • Delivery: By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Cranfield campus

Why this course?

The MSc Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience pathway is specifically tailored for students interested in developing a career in the risk management or insurance sectors with a focus on protective security against terrorism and related threats. This pathway should appeal particularly to candidates who are either serving or recently retired from government, military or policing agencies, or those who are already in the risk management or insurance space who want to specialise in counterterrorism risk management and protective security.

Course details

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018-2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Course delivery

By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Introductory Studies
  • Applied Counterterrorism
  • Risk, Crisis and Resilience
  • Strategies, Ideologies and Tactics of Terrorism
  • Terrorism Risk Management and Mitigation
  • Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Research Project

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism (CBRN)
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Courtroom Skills
  • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
  • Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
  • Protecting Critical National Infrastructure

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, law, politics, psychology, forensic science, etc) or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the elements of the subject will also be considered.

All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, which is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site require security clearance in order to attend the site.

As one of the core modules of the MSc in Counter-Terrorism Risk Management and Resilience is delivered at the UK Defence Academy security clearance will be required in order to register for this course.

English language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic - 7
  • TOEFL - 100
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 68
  • Cambridge English Scale - 190
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency - C 
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Security clearance for Shrivenham

Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard V4 April 2014) prior to registration on the course or must already hold security clearance to this level or higher.

Last updated Sep 2020

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