The MSc International Security and Risk Management course develops and enhances critical theoretical knowledge, security management skills and understanding in an area which presents significant demand for professionalisation worldwide. Run in partnership with Perpetuity Training Academy, who specialise in the fields of security, crime and risk management worldwide, this online course is aimed at practitioners in international security and risk management who are striving to embrace modern approaches to their line of work.
The MSc International Security and Risk Management will provide industry-accredited security management qualifications to enhance your career, increase market value and demonstrate professional development. This Masters programme is delivered through online distance learning, which enables learners to combine their studies with work-based learning. There are three exit points – Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc.
Security Management: Prevention and Design – 20 credits
To provide participants with the essential and advanced knowledge and the core skills so as to enable him/her to plan, design and manage corporate security operations in a risk-commensurate, cost-effective way and to provide an environment to exercise those skills.
Security Management: Protection Study – 10 credits
To enable participants to apply the essential and advanced knowledge and the core skills relating to planning, design and managing corporate security operations in a risk-commensurate, cost-effective way and to provide an environment to exercise those skills.
Security Management: Risk Management and Loss Prevention – 20 credits
To provide students with a critical understanding of what International Security and Risk Management is and how it works, including understanding the needs of International Security and Risk Management producers and consumers. To provide learners with advanced skills and knowledge so as to enable them to research, examine and improve their management of corporate security operations. Learners will be able to enhance these operations using the latest international best practice, ensuring that they are effective in a multi-site, multi-disciplinary environment.
Security Management: Corporate Security Study – 10 credits
To provide students with an opportunity to further explore critical understanding of what International Security and Risk Management is and how it works, including understanding of the needs of International Security and Risk Management producers and consumers. It will develop critical analysis, appraisal and judgment skills and written presentation at postgraduate study level. It will enable learners to apply and demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in a case study requiring them to research, examine and improve their management of corporate security operations. Learners will be able to enhance these operations using the latest international best practice, ensuring that they are effective in a multi-site, multi-disciplinary environment.
Strategic Security Management and Leadership – 20 credits
To provide the learner with strategic-level skills and knowledge so as to enable him/her to research, examine and design security policy and strategy at corporate level. This programme will enable such strategy to be informed with latest international best practice in security management, ensuring that operations are effective and appropriate in a multi-site, multi-disciplinary environment.
Security Management and Delivering Value – 20 credits
This module looks at how security adds value through traditional financial models such as cost benefit analysis, it explains key financial concepts and examines financial planning and budgeting. The module also explores how the marketing and sales functions operate in relation to income generation and how security can work alongside these functions as security and privacy become increasingly important to consumers and businesses alike. The module also explores effective business decision making taking into account operating in a global risk economy, emerging markets, government policy, and change management.
Research Methods – 20 credits
To critically analyse knowledge and evidence available to the security and risk manager underpinning protecting all forms of assets and maintaining a secure environment. To critically evaluate the effectiveness of current International Security and Risk Management interventions and consider improvements based upon the evaluation undertaken
Dissertation – 60 credits
The dissertation module allows students to further develop the knowledge and skills acquired during the programme. It provides an opportunity for independent research; a critical examination of a relevant topic of the student’s specific interest.
Student assessment will be 100% coursework in all modules.
Ken Livingstone BA, MSc, FSYI – After a career as an officer in the Royal Military Police, Ken was appointed as a lecturer in security management at Leicester University. In that role Ken was one of the leads in the creation and development of Leicester University’s online learning programme for MSc degrees in Security and Risk Management. Ken was a lecturer in security management at Leicester and Loughborough Universities and was Deputy Director of the Scarman Centre at Leicester University. Ken has held numerous appointments as a visiting lecturer, external examiner and adviser to various universities and colleges.
David Gill, MSc CSyP FSyI, Group Managing Director of Linx International Group Security Consultants and Training Specialists – After a successful 10-year career in the Police Service, David moved into the commercial security sector, forming his own consultancy business, Linx International Ltd. David’s commissions include personal protection assignments, high-level security risk assessments, development of policies and procedures, investigation, crisis management, vetting and coordinating security measures for asset protection and corporate events. David is a Fellow of the Security Institute and Registrar of the UK’s Register of Chartered Security Professionals (RCSP).
Gary Rice, BSc, FdA, MCSD – Gary is a professional Learning and Development Training Manager, experienced in operational continuous improvement initiatives, coupled with international experience in operations, threat and risk management, security and health and safety. In previous jobs Gary has trained and mentored clients and employees on bespoke software products and encrypted telecommunications/military equipment. Gary has a military background (Royal Signals), and utilises his skills in business, marketing and communications to assist the Royal British Legion with fundraising and charity events.
Charles Swanson, MSc, PG, Dip CSyP – A former member of the British Royal Military Police, Charlie is an influential and industry renowned Chartered Security Professional. Since leaving the British Armed Forces, Charlie has been intrinsically involved in maritime and aviation training since the introduction of the introduction of the UK Aviation and Maritime Security Act (1990), and has carried out a number of related security surveys and risk assessments. Charlie has been involved in the writing, development and delivery of several high profile security and risk training programmes and has published security and counter terrorism articles.
Angus Darroch-Warren, BA, MSc, CSYP, FSYI – Following a career in public sector law enforcement, Angus has successfully transferred his skills to the commercial sector, working in a multi-disciplined consultancy role.
A good Honours degree in a relevant discipline or appropriate professional qualification(s); or HND/HNC and relevant experience; or equivalent international qualifications.
Those without the formal qualifications above are encouraged to apply if they have relevant experience in the sector. You will be considered on an individual basis where appropriate experience is taken into account. The University mechanism for this is called Recognised Prior Learning which includes experiential learning. You need to state that you are applying based upon RPL. You may also apply for RPL to exempt you from some of the studies on the Masters course; to do this we will have a dialogue with you to help you through the process.
Please contact Perpetuity Training firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance to discuss the application before filling in the application forms on the link provided on this page.
International applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. Applicants who have successfully studied at this level in the Medium of English will be deemed eligible.
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.
There is currently significant demand for professional development in the area of international security and risk management and this field is moving toward the postgraduate arena in order to ensure that the body of academic knowledge and the international security and risk management skill-base increases.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.