The BSc (Hons) International Security and Risk Management course will prepare you for a career protecting people, societies and resources from risks and security threats.
You will learn how to mitigate risk using contemporary intelligence and security theories. You’ll also gain the skills to obtain and analyse intelligence from reliable sources to influence investigations.
Your studies will combine the theory and practice of international security and risk management. You’ll learn about intelligence gathering and analysis, modern day policing, terrorism and counter-terrorism, geopolitics, and cyber security. You’ll also able to distinguish between police-led intelligence activities and those of the intelligence and security agencies.
You’ll gain practical skills through simulations based on real-life scenarios, working in our Hydra Simulation Centre, Crime Scene Training Facility and Moot Court.
The BSc (Hons) International Security and Risk Management course makes full use of state-of-the-art technology and is packed full of opportunities to develop skills in realistic, simulated environments using virtual reality.
Your modules are underpinned by the latest research and taught by academic staff and practitioners with experience of working in counter terrorism, police and the military.
Real-life case studies will be used as well as guest speakers and operational practitioners.
Various assessment techniques will be employed including written assignments; reports; portfolios; oral assignments; vlogs and even conference papers and academic posters.
There will be exams and essays too but we favour challenging authentic assessments which prepare you for the workplace.
Students will have the opportunity of attending the Policing and Security International Summer Schools organised each year with partner Universities in Germany (National Police University in Munster), Netherlands (National Police Academy) and Australia (Charles Sturt University).
You will gain practical skills in our Hydra Simulation Centre, where you can experience a range of scenarios that will develop your techniques in decision making, interviewing and investigation management.
You will also make use of the Crime Scene Training Facility and Moot Court.
Your tutors will be experts in their field, with many carrying out cutting-edge research into national and international security and risk while others have years of experience in policing and in security and counter terrorism.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions. Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|DBS (Compulsory) *||£57.20||
A DBS check may be required, depending on your choice of work placement. This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|Field Trips (Optional)||£140 - £400||
Students have the opportunity to participate in an International Police Summer School. The costs for this activity will vary depending on the hosting country. This is optional.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment) (Optional)||£20 - £30||
Students may have the opportunity to borrow laboratory coats on site but they may wish to purchase their own.
|Assessment submission (Compulsory) *||£0 - £10||
Some assessments may need to be printed (e.g. academic posters) and this will incur a cost to be shared amongst a work group.
|Dissertation (Compulsory) *||£0 - £10||
One hard copy of the students' final 10,000 word Dissertation is required.
|Field Trips (Compulsory) *||
During the course students will be required to travel to venues in the South Wales area in order to take part in learning activities.
|Field Trips (Compulsory) *||
Students will be required to travel to Cardiff to participate in an assessment at the Atrium Campus.
Students may wish to purchase their own copies of Police related text, however, reference copies are available in the Library.
|Other: Travel to Placement||
In year 2 of the course, the 'Professional Practice and Employability' module requires students to complete 70 hours of recognised work experience. Some travel costs may be incurred depending on the placement chosen by the student.
|Other: Work Placement (Optional)||
Costs may be incurred while completing the student work placement. These costs may be associated with expected workplace attire and will vary according to the placement.
Students' material is generally available online and in digital format. Some students may wish to produce hard copies for their personal use.
|Storage for electronic submissions and work (Optional)||£5 - £50||
Cloud storage is available for use by students. Some students may wish to purchase additional storage devices to back up their work.
UK and EU students
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The BSc (Hons) International Security and Risk Management will appeal to those who are interested in learning about interviewing techniques and covert operations together with investigation management techniques. Such skills are sought after by a range of organisations in the public and private sector.
At the end of the international security course, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of different aspects of security and risk management and can forge exciting careers in law-enforcement, intelligence and security agencies; investigative journalism; civil service and private security businesses.
Graduates could also apply to the UK Police under the new Degree Holder Entry Scheme, pursue a career in academic research or progress to the MSc International Security and Risk Management.