Taught course

Security Studies

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification

Alternatively, a graduate level professional qualification and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) may be accepted.

Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

Months of entry


Course content

Why study this course?

Security is one of the fastest growing areas of concern in the academic, corporate and public domains, due not only to the threats of war and terrorism but also issues related to crime, safety, global strategy and political upheaval. This distance learning programme is delivered by Informa and will give you a solid grasp of the of problems facing the international community today.

More about this course

More than ever before, national governments, international agencies and major corporations recognise the need for personnel with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate exceptional skills of research and analysis.

We'll not only equip you to analyse these types of issues but will also help you place them in the context of broader military, strategic and political considerations.

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platorm. It will give you a solid academic grounding in the fields of criminology, terrorism and intelligence, which will provide you with the critical thinking skills needed to make sense of the ever-changing global security agenda. Thsi expertise will enable you engage with institutions and individuals central to this area.


To successfully complete the course you must pass each module. Assessment will incorporate coursework, online examinations, research assignments and essays. You'll be expected to participate in the virtual learning environment with tutors and fellow students.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

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

Intelligence Analysis (core, 20 credits)

International Financial Crime and Security (core, 20 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

The distance learning course will benefit anyone wishing to work for a public, private or international organisation.

Typical career destinations include education, marketing, local and public services, journalism or positions within institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. The course is also particularly valuable if you're interested in policy issues or if you career plans involve dealing with international security affairs and you'd benefit from a solid academic grounding in the field.

Information for international students

Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0)20 7133 4200