Taught course

Security Management

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

Security management has become an increasingly important issue in organisations, with many now employing specialists to protect their people, assets, information and reputation from risks such as crime, fraud, accidents and protesters. This course is therefore designed to meet this increased need for enhanced professionalism.

The course can be studied through campus-based learning or through a combination of distance learning and block teaching.

What will I experience?

  • Develop your knowledge and skills to meet new guidelines and regulations
  • Improve your career prospects for employment or promotion

What opportunities might it lead to?

Who should attend the course?

  • Graduates seeking a specialist qualification to secure a job in security
  • Security and fraud risk professionals holding a good honours degree
  • Policy-makers with a responsibility for security with a good honours degree

Module Details

  • Security Management (Campus Block Teaching)
  • Research Methods and Research Management (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
  • 15,000-word Dissertation

Two options from:

  • Crisis Management and Governance (Campus Block Teaching)
  • Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (Campus Block Teaching)
  • Investigation and Psychology (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
  • Countering Fraud and Corruption (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
  • International and Transnational Offending (Distance Learning)
  • International Fraud and Corruption (Campus Teaching and Distance Learning)
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations (Distance Learning)

Please note that all options are subject to minimum student numbers and may not all be available. In addition, the course structure may vary from year to year. However, course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Programme Assessment

Full-time campus-based:

This course is delivered on campus via lectures, seminars and the latest e-resources. Some of the core units are shared with distance learning students over intensive teaching blocks.

Part-time (distance learning and block teaching):

This mode is delivered by a combination of campus-based intensive teaching, distance learning and the latest e-resources. You will need to attend on campus for the teaching of the following core units:

  • Security Management
  • Crisis Management and Governance (optional unit)
  • Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (optional unit)

Academic support:

All ICJS campus-based students will be assigned a personal tutor, responsible for pastoral support and guidance, and have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing and counselling etc.

All ICJS distance learning students are supported in the initial stages by the extended Induction Programme (online and face-to-face). Immediately following induction, an ‘engagement officer’ proactively ensures any issues are resolved rapidly, and thereafter personal support is provided by your course leader for the duration of your studies.

Academic support will be delivered by the relevant academic unit coordinators and the course leader via the internet, telephone and email. All students have access to the formal and informal support areas of the online course discussions areas (Graduate Common Room), student peer support and library support services in specific discussion rooms.

Assessment will be based upon a range of written assignments including essays, reports, a presentation, a dissertation proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Student Destinations

Risks and new regulation have increased the needs for enhanced professionalism in the field. This course is designed to help those working in the field to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet these needs. It may also be followed by those wishing to enter employment in this sector.

Fees and funding

UK students
full time: £4,700
International students
full time: £12,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
023 9284 3933