MSc Security Management (PgDip, PgCert)

Start date(s)
September 2023
Study mode
Distance learning
Course enquiries should be made to Knect365:
+44(0)20 7017 4483

About this course

Exploring the professional management of security and the protection of people, assets and information.

This 100% distance learning programme is delivered in partnership KNECT365/Informa.

  • Enables students to develop advanced skills and competencies in conducing, evaluating and presenting research relevant to Security Management
  • Provides distance learning programmes in Security Management for full-time employees
  • Allows students to make an original contribution to the discipline of Security Management and the advancement of professional security practice
  • Produces competent, informed reflectively and ethically competent students who have a developed academic understanding the key issues within Security Management and the theories which underpin the discipline

The need for increased global security has grown exponentially in recent years. Whereas traditional security measures were mostly about securing people and places through a variety of physical and human measures, today’s range of threats are far more diffuse.


Technology and the World Wide Web have not only brought societies around the globe closer together, they are both directly and indirectly responsible for creating vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities manifest in many different forms that span a spectrum of issues ranging from cybercrime, political and social upheaval, to recruiting would be terrorists. Moreover, as the world has become reliant on technology, the risk to personal and organisational information has also become vulnerable.

Identity theft, corporate espionage, and electronic transactions have all become vulnerable to those that wish to exploit that environment. The Security Management programme is designed to prepare individuals to work in this vocation whether it be in the public or private sectors.


Fees and funding

Money - postgraduate funding informationHow to fund your postgraduate study

You can enrol straight onto the Masters or you will be able to build up to the full Masters in future years if you enrol for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma first.

Application fee

An application fee of £400 is payable to KNect365 with your application to enrol. This fee must be paid before your application to enrol commences processing. For convenience the online KNect365 Learning registration form includes the ability to pay this fee securely by credit card in GBP, USD or EUR. On acceptance to the course, this application fee is deducted from the full course fee.

Note: The application fee will be refunded if your application for enrolment is rejected by Liverpool John Moores University on academic grounds. It is not refundable if your application is rejected due to incomplete information being provided, if you withdraw your application before all documents have been submitted or before acceptance.

Payment by instalments

There is an interest free instalment plan available. You may pay in 2 instalments for the Postgraduate Certificate, 4 for the Postgraduate Diploma and 5 for the Masters.

If you are a UK or EU national, or have UK ‘settled status’, have lived in the UK or the EU (or wider EEA) for the last 3 years, will be living on the UK on the first day of your course and haven’t been awarded a MSc, MA, MBA or PhD already, you may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,609 from the UK Government to study this course.

Visit the UK Government site for information, download the PDF guide or call the Student Loan Company on +44 (0)30 0100 0031.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This course is ideal for those seeking to enter into or advance their security related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as professionals already engaged in such fields who seek to enhance their knowledge, critical thinking and career prospects through further qualifications.

The student experience

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Security Studies (PgCert)
20 credits

This two-part module addresses a number of fundamental issues, the most important of which defines what we actually mean by the concept.

This pursuit is dominated by debates between a variety of discourses: namely, those who seek to retain the discipline’s focus purely on military conflict and those who argue that in a globalised world Security Studies needs to be expanded to a consideration of economic, environmental as well as social issues. This module will seek to address these debates in the context of national and international security issues. It will show that the debates between the traditionalists and the advocates of “new thinking” are having a profound impact on the discipline as both military and non-military issues begin to compete for the attention of academics and policy elites.

Security Management (PgCert)
20 credits

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the benefits of security management within a business environment and over cyberspace. It includes the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk control techniques, the understanding of security standards and procedures, and the application of technology and security measures in a business setting.

The module aims to support the growing need for more formal, systematic approaches to the core areas of risk/ security management and to provide students with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas. The key theorists and practical methodologies will be covered, including the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk control techniques, the understanding of security standards and procedures, and the application of cyber security technology and security measures in a business setting.

International Financial Crime and Security (PgCert)
20 credits

In an era of huge financial insecurity, this module looks at issues of crime within the international criminal system and dwells on emerging crimes. The module deals with the overall aspect and impact of financial crime in the context of the security of the financial system and wider security related issues, including financing of terrorism. Such fundamental issues will be deployed in horizon scanning of the potential macro-economic impact of illicit finances upon national economies, and the impact upon both the public and private financial sectors.

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (PgCert)
20 credits

This module examines terrorism and political violence conducted by non-state actors. It is equally concerned to analyse counter-terrorism and other responses by the state, the security services and the police. It aims to explore the phenomena of terrorism, including the different historical definitions of terrorism, and the varying motivational factors for terrorist violence. It also aims to provide an overview of the different theoretical approaches to terrorism studies and an overview of the threat from ‘New Terrorism’ and the ‘War on Terror’. The module engages closely with key texts by leading scholars in terrorism studies, critical terrorism studies and pays special attention to criminological approaches to the subject.

Intelligence Analysis (PgCert)
20 credits

This module considers what intelligence and analysis means: its overall role and its application to security related issues of law enforcement, governmental and international agencies, and the private sector. It deals with issues pertaining to the use of proactive intelligence and analysis.

Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security (PgCert)
20 credits

This module aims to introduce you to emerging paradigms within criminology, which tackle safety and security at both local and global levels, and to explore some justifications for the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life. Key theories and policies related to crime, safety and security will be examined and tested and their ethical and legal implications, outlined. 

You will develop your understanding of contemporary trends in security and emerging security threats and how to counter them through relevant scholarly activity, and through reference to the appropriate academic literature and policy documentation. The module also prepares you for further independent research when you embark on your dissertation.

Security Management dissertation (MSc)
60 credits

The dissertation allows you to undertake an independent and sustained piece of research into a substantive topic of your own choosing. The dissertation must include appropriate extended piece of empirical or theoretical research on a topic in the security studies field.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

The course is taught in a distance learning format, with no attendance required on campus. All aspects of the programme are managed over the internet using a dedicated virtual learning environment platform which manages your learning schedule. The course will include access to online study materials plus tutorial and discussion forums for networking and interacting with tutors and peers. Forum discussions allow you to co-operate across time zones and share knowledge, experience or discuss the course content with other students and course tutors.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a relevant honours degree - minimum 2:2 (such as in criminology, social or political science)


  • an overseas equivalent qualification 


  • a graduate level professional qualification of comparable standard and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) 

Additional requirements

  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575
  • In some cases applicants who do not possess the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol at the discretion of the programme leader
  • On application you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a copy of your passport page and the £400 application fee
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You must apply directly to KNECT 365 for this programme. The link will be available via the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.

As part of your application you will be asked to upload the following documents: 

  1. Copies of any academic/ professional certificates
  2. A copy of your CV A personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing the course and your interest in the subject
  3. A copy of the back page of your passport showing the photo and passport number 

These should be uploaded to the application form or can be emailed direct to if you have problems uploading. These must be submitted before you can be accepted.  Once you are ready, please complete the online application form where you will also be asked to submit credit card details for payment of the application fee as detailed above. Students who do not provide credit card details will be invoiced and your 

application will not be submitted for acceptance until the application fee has been paid. The application fee is refundable should your application not be accepted on academic grounds.

Cut-off date

The application deadline for this course is 4 September 2020.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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