MSc Terrorism, Policing and Security (PgDip, PgCert)

Start date(s)
September 2022
Study mode
Distance learning
Course enquiries should be made to Knect365:
+44(0)20 7017 4483
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About this course

Examining the role security and policing play in fighting terrorism.

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

  • Provides distance learning programmes in Terrorism, Policing and Security studies for full-time employees
  • Produces competent, informed reflectively and ethically competent students who have a developed academic understanding the key issues within Terrorism, Policing and Security Studies and the theories which underpin these disciplines
  • Enables students to investigate and research key issues within Terrorism, Policing and Security Studies from academic, strategic and operational perspectives.

This cutting-edge Masters aims to offer an unrivalled insight into the current debates and controversies around the subjects of terrorism, policing and security. It will introduce students to emerging paradigms within security studies, policing and terrorism studies at both local and global levels.


The curriculum is designed to be reactive to the latest issues in policing, delivered to include input from experienced practitioners at the most senior levels as well as by publishing academics who are researching in the field.

The programme is taught by distance learning and aims to connect a diverse body of domestic and international students, across time zones, to share knowledge and develop expertise in the field.


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% (Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19) of our postgraduates in work or further study 15 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 programme is ideal for those seeking to enter into or advance their security, policing and intelligence 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 by undertaking further qualifications. The course is also of special benefit to anyone wishing to work in security-orientated careers or gain promotion in public, private or international organisations. 

It is ideal for those whose career plans involve dealing with international security and/or policing affairs and would benefit from a solid academic grounding in the field. The programme will also be of interest to students who seek to develop a deeper understanding of the key aspects of international relations and of the world in which we live.

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.

Military and Security Responses to Terrorism (PgDip)
20 credits

This module will examine and evaluate the recent military and intelligence led responses to counterterrorism. It will outline and evaluate these tactics and techniques in relation to both their ethical justifications and their operational effectiveness. The module will review the wide variety of techniques deployed by the military and security services.

Policing and Society (PgCert)
20 credits

This module provides a philosophical understanding of how the concept of policing has been constructed. It also considers the role of the police and their role in society, from the viewpoint of both police practitioner and the public. The module explores the different paradigms of policing: high and low policing, community policing, and intelligence-led policing. It also explores key contemporary debates within policing such as police legitimisation, accountability, representation and independence, as well as some key issues of controversy, such as undercover policing, police corruption, police complaints, and culture.

Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism (PgDip)
20 credits

In this module, you will examine a variety of approaches and applications of community policing models. These vary widely from state to state depending on how political, social and security structures have evolved. The module then moves on to explore the application of community policing principles to the successful combating of radicalisation and violent extremism leading to terrorism. 

It adopts a practice-based approach to exploring the subject matter with case study examples and reference to government policy and strategy documents. You will be required to take a critical and analytical approach to the topics discussed, considering the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods described. The module considers a range of community-focused responses that can be provided by police organisations. In particular, it weighs the strengths and weaknesses of multiculturalism as an effective antidote to radicalisation and violent extremism that lead to terrorism. It seeks to equip you with an in-depth knowledge of community policing models and how they can be applied in an operational setting.

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.

Terrorism, Policing and Security 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 an 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.

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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
  3. A personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing the course and your interest in the subject
  4. 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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