Security and Risk Management MSc, PGDip, PGCert, by distance learning, 2 years

This is for you if... you have, or aspire to have, responsibility for crime prevention, risk and security within your organisation.


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Course description

Course description

Please note that the September 2018 course was the last one in this current format. From March 2019 the content and structure of the degree will be substantially different. Details of the new content and structure will be available on this page shortly.

The increasing professionalisation of the security industry has meant that both existing security professionals and those seeking entry into the profession view a postgraduate degree as essential to their career ambitions. This world leading distance learning degree has been running for over 20 years and has recently been newly designed to provide you with a comprehensive contemporary study of risk and security management, combined with flexibility. The course will not only enable you to develop your academic knowledge of crime, risk and security management, but it will also strengthen your professional skills and abilities. This is a modern day course for the modern day security professional.

You will gain a thorough grounding in theory and practice of security and risk management. The course will equip you with the skills to engage in informed debate about major issues in security and risk management and to design, conduct and critically appraise research and develop new approaches to problem solving which can be applied in practice.

You will also benefit from a number of supported learning events – ranging from an online Induction, to Academic Skills Programmes and Study Schools.

The course will be of immense professional value if you are working within a security context, either in the private or public sector and want to further your career. Our MSc will support your professional work experience with an academic qualification which will enhance your CV and be used as evidence to demonstrate to your current or potential employer your skills and abilities.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

The Security Institute

We offer free membership to The Security Institute to all our distance learning students for the duration of their studies. The Security Institute is the UK's largest membership body for security professionals and there are several benefits of membership including: access to the Security Institute Mentoring Programme, the opportunity to participate in the Security Institute CPD Scheme and access to the Research Directorate Knowledge Centre.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification.

Special consideration will be given to applicants without an undergraduate degree who can demonstrate significant work experience and knowledge.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree, you may be asked complete an entry assessment (in the form of an essay) to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. We will provide you with clear guidance on the assessment criteria.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in March 2019, September 2019 or March 2020

  • MSc: £11,000
  • PGDip: £7,700
  • PGCert: £3,630

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you're eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in March 2019, September 2019 or March 2020

  • MSc: £11,000
  • PGDip: £7,700
  • PGCert: £3,630

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

A postgraduate distance learning qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform to move into a new area or to simply become more effective in your current role.

Within Criminology at Leicester, distance learning is part of our core educational provision and our programmes are flexible, high quality and focussed on you and your needs.

The MSc in Security and Risk Management is designed for those working or intending to work in security and risk related areas or those interested in this field. The course will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills and move up the career ladder or make a career transition. This course will help to provide an academic context and qualification that relates to your work experience in this area.

Students are based worldwide and most have a security function in common. They may be likely to be from the following sectors (although this is not exhaustive):

  • The Armed Forces – serving, or those shortly leaving or who have left. We are an ELCAS learning provider
  • The Police – serving or retired police officers
  • The United Nations, aid agencies and international development bodies
  • Private security companies
  • Prison security management – public or private sector
  • Healthcare security management – public or private sector
  • Private sector organisations – including retail, finance, the energy sector – those responsible for the security function in these types of organisations
  • Public sector organisations – those responsible for a range of security functions
  • Security providers – guarding and specialist security services
  • Security consultants

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure



  • Understanding Security and Risk Management
  • Exploring Risk
  • Managing Security in the Workplace
  • Regulation, Standards and Governance
  • Research Methods
  • Leadership and Management

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Criminology at Leicester has established itself as a thriving and internationally-renowned environment. We are one of the very few universities in the country to have its own area exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology.

Our students benefit from learning in an environment exclusively dedicated to researching and teaching criminology, which is home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists.

Our teaching is inspired by the findings from our cutting-edge research. Lecturing staff have a wide array of research interests ranging from community policing and offending behaviour to hate crime.

We are regularly called on by local, national and international private, public and non-governmental organisations to assist with policy development, and by journalists needing information and advice on crime issues.

Criminology at Leicester

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Teaching and learning

All of your course material will be available electronically through our Blackboard site. Support is provided by our dedicated distance learning team and support staff. When you register you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss any aspects of your study by phone, Skype or email. 

Study schools

You will be invited to attend two study schools in Leicester where you will be able to get face-to-face support from academics and also meet other students on your course. Study schools run in April and September. There is no additional cost for study school attendance; this is included in the course fees. However, you will need to pay your own travel and accommodation costs.  


The MSc in Security and Risk Management is based on continuous assessment, with each of the six modules comprising a two-part assignment. Each module lasts approximately 12 weeks. The final stage towards your MSc degree is the completion of a dissertation of 15,000 words and you will have approximately five months to complete this.

Key dates

Start date: 4 March 2019
Application deadline for March 2019 start: 11 February 2019

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Security and Risk Management Qualification MSc Duration 2 years by distance learning Start Dates March and September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Security and Risk Management Qualification PGDip Duration 18 months by distance learning Start Dates March and September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Security and Risk Management Qualification PGCert Duration 1 year by distance learning Start Dates March and September each year Availability Apply Now