Taught course

Terrorism & Counter Terrorism Short Course

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You do not need any formal academic qualifications to apply to join the Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism short course. However, you must meet the requirements below:

Have four years relevant professional experience in a policing or security-related sector

The short course is pitched at Level 6. Remember: an undergraduate degree is composed three levels of learning (Levels 4, 5, and 6), whereby Level 4 is foundation learning and Level 6 is advanced learning. Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism is delivered at Level 6, so even though there are no formal qualifications required to apply, it is important that you are capable of learning at Level 6. We assess your ability to learn at this level through your Personal Statement.

Months of entry


Course content

Mitigating terrorist threats is a top priority in security and policing organisations. As terrorists’ tactics, targets, and motivations have shifted and evolved, so have counter-terrorism response methods.

The Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism short course helps you develop the skills to understand these changes and meet the counter-terrorism response demands, as well as provide you with accredited knowledge that will help you earn promotion, specialisation, or gain deeper knowledge in your career.

This short course explores the complicated and interconnected nature of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. Looking both historically and globally, this module will analyse different types of terrorism and how terrorism trends such as tactics, targets and motivations have developed over time. It will also explore government responses to such violence, looking globally but with a deeper focus on the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.

About the Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism Short Course

This part-time, twelve-week short course is only open to working professionals from the policing and/or security-related sectors. It is flexibly delivered in compressed blocks to enable students to balance personal and professional demands.

The Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism short course provides a cost-effective, inter-professional, flexible, and employment-centred approach to professionals in the policing and security sectors. It enables professionals to build on their existing professional knowledge and earn an accredited qualification from a reputable university in Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism.

Who is this course for?

Professionals from the following sectors may be interested in this short course:

Law Enforcement (Police, Borders, NCA, HMRC, Prisons, Probation, IOPC, CCRC, HMICFRS)

Security Services (MI5, MI6)

Military and Rescue Services

Finance and Risk Management

Airport and Airline Security

Coastguards, Maritime and Shipping

Private Security Companies and Contingency Planners

Crisis and Emergency Managers

Local Authorities

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    part time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team