BSc (Hons) International Security and Risk Management

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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
F420 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One: International Security and Risk Management degree

  • Digital policing and security - 20 credits
    This will facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of national security strategies in relation to digital crime and countering extremism in a policing context.

  • Geopolitics 1: UK, EU and the West - 20 credits
    This aims to develop knowledge and understanding surrounding the development and functioning of European and Western security. Including policy agendas and the relationship to institutions, such as the UN, NATO and other regional, international organisations.

  • Introduction to international security - 20 credits
    This will develop knowledge and understanding of the main features and concepts of international security; and identify the differing international approaches to security.

  • Securing communities - 20 credits
    This will introduce the concepts and theories involved in community safety and partnership working; and provide an understanding of the application of community safety techniques and theoretical propositions to specific crime and societal anti-social problems.

  • Law, governance and criminal justice system - 20 credits
    This introduces students to the legislative and criminal justice system of England and Wales. You will learn more about the role of the police and associated agencies and examine the role of governance within the policing and security environments and identify how strategies and frameworks influence practice and policy.

  • Understanding vulnerability, risk and threats in society - 20 credits
    This will develop an understanding of the different factors (personal/other) associated with individual, group and societal vulnerability and examine the responsibility of the police and national government organisations in protecting vulnerable people in society.

Year Two: International Security and Risk Management degree

  • Research methods in policing and security - 20 credits
    The module aims to facilitate an understanding of the role of research and evaluation within policing and security; and introduce students to a grounding in formal research methods in preparation for their final year final research project.

  • Geopolitics 2: Eastern conflicts - 20 credits
    The module aims to develop an understanding of the scope and nature of terrorism as it relates to the Euro-Mediterranean Region and the Middle East. Students should be able to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the geo-political and societal context from which they originate.

  • Risk management - 20 credits
    The module will develop knowledge and understanding of the development and functioning of risk management, decision-making, and negotiations within the domestic and international security realms whilst facilitating the comprehension of the political and institutional influences that have shaped security and risk management.

  • Cybercrime investigation - 20 credits
    This module is simulation in format and aims to develop knowledge and skills in the operational management and processes of a Cyber Crime investigation along with the legislation and ethics that underpin such investigations. Additionally, it will develop key skills in the practise, concepts and challenges faced by first responders and investigators in Cyber Crime v traditional crime investigations and processes.

  • Intelligence and covert activities - 20 credits
    This will introduce students to the theory, practice and history of intelligence, intelligence-policy relations and the role of intelligence in decision-policy making and implementation processes. It will serve to develop knowledge and analytical understanding relating to the role of intelligence in international relations, domestic policy crafting and the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

  • Terrorism, radicalisation and migration issues - 20 credits
    This will examine various conceptualisations of terrorism, radicalisation and migration issues; and embed a sound sociological understanding of terrorism, radicalisation and migration issues and their constituent social processes.

Year Three: International Security and Risk Management degree

  • Geopolitics 3: Russia, China and Far East - 20 credits
    This will examine the idea of democratisation as a key ‘discourse’ of globalisation and to explore the rise of China and Russia as global security players and their contemporary security agenda towards the West. Additionally, it serves to familiarise students with the domestic and foreign security policies of China and Russia within the international system.

  • Digital security and management - 20 credits
    This will develop critical thinking and synthesis of knowledge in relation to managing risk and threat in serious and organised Cybercrime

  • Cyber security and warfare - 20 credits
    This will develop and embed knowledge of key concepts and practices relating to internet governance and cyber security to analyse current practices and the national and international influencing factors.

  • Intelligence analysis and INTs - 20 credits
    This will introduce students to the intelligence analysis theory, cycle and INTs and facilitate analytical knowledge in the field of intelligence-policy relations and issues of politicisation. Additionally, to analyse the role of intelligence-tailored information in international relations, domestic policy crafting and implementation, in the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

  • Dissertation - 60 credits
    This will guide and support students to plan, research, and articulate in depth the results of an extended project involving policing and security issues.


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.





Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

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.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
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.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS (Compulsory) * £47.20
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.
Books (Optional)
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.
Printing (Optional)
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. 

International students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

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.