MSc International Security and Risk Management

Our MSc in International Security and Risk Management will facilitate the development of strategic skills and advanced knowledge in the concepts and theories that underpin global security challenges including including cyber threats, terrorism, complex and organised crime and the challenges posed by states and non-state actors.

Embedded through practical and simulated learning, students will develop specialised and transferable skills in preparation for employment in public or private sector services, while having the opportunity to develop new solutions to complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study.

This course, by leading academics from the International Centre for Policing and Security, is aimed at those who seek to develop their career prospects in the world of public, private and military security sectors.

In recognition, you will be able to tailor your study and research interests by choosing from a range of option modules and selecting your main research topic.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

The duration of this course is 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

You are required to complete modules worth a total of 180 credits for the successful completion of the course including 7 modules worth 20 credits each and 1 module (research project) worth 40 credits.

Core 20 Credit Modules:

  • International Security Theories and Methods
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Europe
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Risk Management and Analysis
  • European Union Security
  • Governing and Securing Cyber Space

Optional 20 Credit Modules:

  • International Security of Drugs, Organised Crime and Human Trafficking
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resources

Core 40 Credit Module

  • Dissertation

Teaching

There are two version of the MSc International Security and Risk Management.

1: On Campus

2: Online

With a strong focus on horizon scanning and risk analysis, this MSc offers students the opportunity to use advance simulators, like Hydra, and will give them an advantage in the job market as they will be experts in designing and operating in different scenario building situations, to identify threats and conceiving constructive and tailor-made solutions for complex security scenarios.

As the ICPS is involved in EuroSim, an annual transatlantic simulation of the European Union, bringing together 200 students and faculty from 20 colleges and universities in the United States and Europe, they will also have a unique opportunity to work and learn in an exciting multicultural environment.

Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions.

 

Assessment

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.).

 

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

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.

Our Careers and Employability service can assist in helping you find employment that reflects your career goals.

You will also be supported by the team here at the International Centre for Policing and Security who will support the development of a CV and provide a range of career development opportunities.

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. Our careers and academic teams will provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.