MSc in Security Sector Management

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Security Sector Management

Cranfield University

The MSc in Security Sector Management is currently suspended for 2018/19. The course will be undergoing a review during 2018/19 and subject to approval will re-launch with a new syllabus in 2019/20. This page will be updated in due course but if you want to be advised when that happens please submit an enquiry and we will advise you when the page is updated.

This course is specifically designed for those needing strategic level skills and knowledge to effectively develop and implement plans in the security sector. Enabling participants to analyse, evaluate and communicate emerging security challenges within state, regional, national and international frameworks.


  • Start date: See website for updates
  • Duration: MSc Executive/Part-time Blended Learning Programme: two years, plus a dissertation.
  • Delivery: Comprehensive online learning resources with opportunities for collaborative group work at residential schools, together with assignments and an individual project dissertation.
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Executive/Part-time
  • Campus: Online, Cranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for those with a keen academic and practical interest in responding to the challenges associated with security sector reform. You might be an official in a government department or a member of the security forces, or an aspirant for leadership in an international organisation, an international NGO or in civil society. The course is also relevant to those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills based on a related first degree, or those seeking to pursue a career in the fields of human security or national security.

Why this course?

By the end of their course of study, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of security challenges at a strategic level for greater stability in a national and international context;
  • Know how to evaluate, plan, implement, monitor and manage the effective governance of national security policy;
  • Harness human, and other resources, in response to security challenges and lead in their management, including when the transformation is the object;
  • Demonstrate transferable skills in project and programme management for effective state-building in the security sector;
  • Underpin their knowledge and skills with authoritative, evidence-based understanding of the discourse, theories and good practices of security sector management and communicate these in written and spoken form with effect.

Course details

NOTE: Cranfield University believes that our academic provision should remain current and relevant and to achieve this we periodically review and update our courses. The MSc Security Sector Management course is currently undergoing such a review and this may mean some changes are made before the next academic year. Applicants will be kept informed of these exciting new developments before an offer of admission to the course is made.

This course is offered as an executive part-time blended learning programme combining residential sessions, each consisting of two modules, at either end of the taught phase of the course with distance learning for the remaining 8 modules. The awards of MSc, PgDip and PgCert all apply to the blended learning option.

Postgraduate certificate: Requires the completion of Module 1 and 2, plus 4 other modules. Postgraduate diploma: Requires the completion of all modules. Masters of Science: Requires the completion of all modules as well as a 20,000-word research dissertation.

Individual project

The dissertation phase of the course for MSc students gives them the opportunity to research and write up to 20,000 words on a security topic of their choice. It could well be related to their regular work and will take approximately 6 months to complete. It will allow the student to explore their chosen interest by thought, wide reading, research, debate and discussion, supported by an academic supervisor with knowledge of the general topic, in order to produce a document of academic and practical value.


Comprehensive online learning resources with opportunities for collaborative group work at residential schools, together with assignments and an individual project dissertation.


  • Home-EU/Overseas fees: £19,000*

*Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including the UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Entry requirements

A first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent, plus relevant postgraduate professional experience.

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 a security clearance to this level or higher.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 30, 2018
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