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Terrorism, Policing and Security: Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / Masters

Study the role security and policing play in fighting terrorism - by distance learning with Liverpool John Moores University

Starts: 13th September 2021 / Application Deadline: 3rd September 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

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Your Qualification in Terrorism, Policing and Security

Why Terrorism, Policing & Security?

Police are often the first line of defence against terrorist attacks, and the growing role of policing in counter-terrorism means new challenges for police officers. In both national and international circles, there is an increasing need for personnel to have a strong understanding of the interdisciplinary links between security and counter-terrorism.

Our postgraduate course in Terrorism, Policing and Security is designed to provide police officers with the necessary skills to help combat terrorism and international crime. Focusing on international security issues such as intelligence, military response and criminal justice, you will also analyse security closer to home and identify community policing’s role in combatting radicalisation. Learn how policing theory, governance and policymaking connects to global security via distance learning to better understand the international policing community.


When: 13th September 2021
Where: Delivered online via Liverpool John Moores University
Duration: 11-28 months dependent on route chosen


Training in terrorism and security goes hand in hand with policing studies. Benefit from the experience of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, headed up by Sir Jon Murphy QPM, who have a wide network within the fields of policing, crime prevention, and security policy. During your postgraduate study, you will learn how to analyse the current issues facing the global police force, and the role of police intelligence to counter radicalisation and terrorism.

Who studies the MSc in Terrorism, Policing and Security?

This programme is designed for current and aspiring police officers and law enforcement professionals to develop their understanding of the security industry, defence policy, international crime, foreign policy, and the associated governmental and non-governmental institutions. It is also well suited for those in related sectors of international security and counter-terrorism, as well as academics looking to better understand the response against terrorism.


Course Modules | About Online Learning | Tuition Fees


The course syllabus is designed to provide a comprehensive insight into the current issues facing the security industry and police forces. As the terrorist threat increases in numbers and complexity, professionals need a strong understanding of policework’s role in counter-terrorism.

  • Security Studies
  • Military and Security Responses to Terrorism
  • Policing and Society
  • Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
  • Terrorism, Security & Policing Dissertation

Download the full course syllabus to find out more about each module and what you will learn on the course.

Choosing your level of study

The course is available at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master of Science level. Those studying the PGCert will take the first three modules, whereas PGDip students will take the first six modules. Those choosing to study the course at MSc level have the opportunity to complete a dissertation on a topic of interest, allowing students to engage in an industry-focused research project to apply their knowledge and skills to their own career aspirations.

Download the prospectus for more information.

Learn online with the support of industry experts

During your study, you will have access to the faculty at Liverpool John Moores University. Learn from experienced counter-terrorism professionals, academics, and subject experts, including: Professor Mick Creedon, Brian McNeill, Dr Ian Stanier and Dr Tim Parsons.

To find out more about your course tutors, click here.

Give yourself the toolkit to progress in your career with Liverpool John Moores University’s specialist vocational postgraduate study. Distance learning allows you to gain a Master’s degree in Terrorism, Policing and Security without having to take time from work and personal commitments. Progress your career with the expertise of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies and gain a recognised qualification in law enforcement’s role in counter-terrorism.

This is a Liverpool John Moores University programme and qualification, with enrollment and delivery administered by Informa Connect. The course is taught, assessed, quality assured and awarded by Liverpool John Moores University.