Taught course

Counter Terrorism and Security

Canterbury Christ Church University · Law and Criminal Justice Studies

Entry requirements

Our standard offer for accepting students onto this programme is a good honours degree (2.2 or above). Applicants from a range of undergraduate subjects will be considered.

This is in addition to a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact our Post Graduate admissions team at pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

Connecting the complex terrorism landscape with a range of security threats, this course provides the opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of 21st Century issues.

Understanding the challenges and risks from the threat from terrorism, what motivates terrorist activity and what the global response has been to the varied threats will be key elements of this course and will ensure that students have the knowledge and analytical skills to contribute meaningfully to solutions in these areas.

We have a track record of high student satisfaction relating to our knowledge of counter-terrorism and security issues, as well as speakers directly working in the field. The course is taught and facilitated by academics, as well as professionals from varied backgrounds.

Why study MSc Counter Terrorism and Security?

You will be studying within the School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences which will enable you to gain a well-rounded understanding of social justice from inter-disciplinary perspective. This course includes several taught modules which cover key legal, social, and political issues.

Two further modules will allow you to develop a foundational understanding of key threat landscapes globally and in the UK, as well as a three-dimensional understanding of key issues in counter-terrorism globally. Your dissertation then enables you to research a counter-terrorism and/or security topic of your choice and you will be supervised by an expert in the area.

As part of the course, you will be immersed into the topics via taught inputs as well a number of speaker events, critical incident simulations (e.g. using Hydra Suite simulations or model United Nations table top exercises) and other activities.

To reflect the dynamic topics we will be exploring together, the content of the modules is continuously reviewed and updated, ensuring you are provided with the most up-to-date knowledge.

The course is suitable for a range of career pathways, as well as further research and/or learning. This could include current working professionals who would like to deepen their understanding or update their knowledge on counter-terrorism and security, as well as for those just about to embark on a career within counter-terrorism and security. It enables careers in a wide variety of sectors, including public, private and third sector organisations. Further, upon successful completion of the course, you can continue your studies with us – we provide supervision within the counter-terrorism and security area at a PhD level.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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