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.

Department
Criminology

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Course description

Course description

This world leading course has been running for over 20 years. Starting in March 2019 we are proud to be offering a newly redeveloped course in MSc Security and Risk Management.  The structure and content of modules has been updated, study materials are now fully online and we are excited to offer two new modules in Cyber enabled and online crime and Terrorism. At the University of Leicester we are always trying to improve our teaching in response to the demands of employers, advances in subject knowledge, and the responses of our students. This is a modern day course for the modern day security professional.

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.  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 distance learning degree will provide you with a thorough knowledge of security and crime risk analysis and management. You will develop an understanding of a range of theoretical models that explain why and how people commit crime, how to analyse and assess risk, and how to manage security. 

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. You will also be invited to attend two study schools 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. Your first study school will be in April 2019.  Attendance is optional and there is no additional cost for study school attendance, this is included in the course fees. However, students are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. 

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.

Our links to the security industry – free Security Institute Membership 

Our Department has long-establishment links to the security industry.  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.

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 have at least five years' practical/professional experience and borderline qualifications, you may be considered or asked to complete the Department's entry assessment in support of your application.

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

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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

MSc

MSc

Plus your Dissertation

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.

PGDip

PGDip

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.

PGCert

PGCert

Core module

Option modules

or any two modules from:

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

Teaching

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 either by phone, Skype or email.

All course assessments will be submitted online via the University of Leicester’s Virtual Learning Environment: Blackboard, which will also enable you to exchange information and discuss topics with your fellow students and staff, as well as giving access to the University’s impressive and extensive e-library. You will also benefit from a number of supported learning events – ranging from an Induction Programme to Online Academic Skills Programmes and Study Schools.

We are aware of the specific challenges and benefits of studying at a distance and tailor our support to meet these needs. Support is available from dedicated academic and support staff and you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to discuss any aspects of your study either by phone, Skype or email.

Around September and April each year the Department of Criminology and the School of History, Politics and International Relations host a collaborative study school. All students who enrol on distance learning courses offered by these Departments are invited to attend this Study School. The event offers the opportunity to come onto campus, meet, share experiences with and learn from staff and fellow students in an informal setting as well as in the classroom.

The Study School is made up of two separate strands:

Developing your Academic Skills

Sessions in this strand will; 

  • Cement the academic skills and knowledge you have developed to date and explore the issues faced when integrating vocational and academic knowledge. 
  • Consider how the skills and knowledge gained from practice can be drawn on in academic research and, conversely, how the skills and knowledge gained from academic work can benefit the practitioner. 

Studying Towards Your Dissertation

  • This strand will concentrate on the knowledge and skills you will require to complete your dissertation and covers topics such as questionnaire design, getting the most out of literature, writing up your findings and using the University library services.

Both strands also offer an opportunity to meet with either an assigned course tutor or another academic member of staff to discuss any individual study issues or queries and an opportunity to receive face to face tuition on aspects of assignment writing, planning and referencing source material.

Attendance is not a requirement of the course and materials presented at the Study School are made available via the courses virtual learning environment. Student feedback has shown us that the event is rewarding, enriching and a useful supplement to online study.

Assessment

The MSc Security and Risk Management is based on continuous assessment, with each of the modules comprising up to three assessments. The assessments range from formal essays to preparing poster presentations and reflective journal exercises. The final stage towards your MSc degree is the completion of a dissertation of 15,000 words. 

Key dates

Start date: 4 March 2019
Application deadline for March 2019 start: 25 February 2019

Start date: 2 September 2019
Application deadline for September 2019 start: 26 August 2019

Start date: 2 March 2020
Application deadline for March 2020 start: 24 February 2020

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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