MSc International Security and Risk Management

This Masters course will develop the practical and theoretical skills needed to operate in today’s challenging national and international policing and security environment.

You will have the opportunity to examine key security issues including terrorism, political violence, cyber security and warfare and the threats to national infrastructure posed by transnational organised crime.

There is a strong practical element: we will teach you how to obtain intelligence from a range of reliable and credible sources and how to analyse this intelligence in order to inform and influence investigations both on and off line. You learn about covert operations and develop interviewing techniques, investigation skills and investigation management techniques. 

The course makes full use of state-of-the-art technology for immersive learning, as well as guest speakers from the CIA, FBI and UK Foreign Office and independent security sector. 

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
  • International Security Theories and Methods - 20 credits
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe and the Wider World - 20 credits
  • Governing and Securing Cyber Space - 20 credits
  • Intelligence Studies - 20 credits
  • European Union Security - 20 credits
  • Risk Management and Analysis - 20 credits
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resources - 20 credits, optional
  • International Security of Drugs, Human Trafficking and Organised Crime - 20 credits
  • Dissertation - 40 credits


Face-to-face teaching sessions include tutorials or seminars to provide students with additional opportunities to discuss topics and confirm their understanding of lectures and reading. 

Each student will be allocated a research supervisor and be invited to a weekly supervision meeting. Students can access our virtual learning environment (Blackboard) 24/7. This contains teaching and learning resources, assessments and additional reading materials.

To contextualise your higher-level learning, you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of immersive and simulated learning experiences. These will be generally formative in nature but may form part of the preparation of an assessment.

Scenarios will be created through the Hydra Simulation Centre and will make use of state-of-the-art technology in terms of VR and AR. Real-life case studies, guest speakers and operational practitioners will also be used.



You'll be assessed through written exams, practical exams and coursework as well as through real-life simulations (e.g., Hydra Minerva, Crime Scene Training Facility, engaging in covert activities – surveillance, anti-surveillance, intelligence analysis, decision making etc.).



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.


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.

A 2:2 Honours degree a relevant subject or appropriate professional qualification(s).

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.

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:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14300 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2021 - July 2022 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.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

At the end of the international security course, students can forge exciting careers in law-enforcement, intelligence and security agencies; investigative journalism; civil service and private security businesses, or research.