Counter Terrorism MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Counter Terrorism MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

This programme is designed using a practice-informed perspective and delivered by expert practitioners with extensive experience. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of legislation, policy and the latest methods used to deal with the changing face of violent extremism in the UK and internationally, enabling you to enhance your career prospects. You’ll be taught using a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and self-directed study to develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of counter terrorism. This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.   

Entry Requirements

An honours degree at level 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applications are welcome from individuals with non-standard qualifications.

Proficiency in the use of spoken and written English is required. Students whose first language is not English will need to meet the University’s English language requirement.


Programme at a Glance


Semester 1

  • FZ4711 International Terrorism
  • FZ4708 Policing Terrorism
  • FZ4710 Religion and Radicalisation

Semester 2

  • FZ4701 Research Methods
  • FZ4712 Investigating Terrorism
  • FZ4709 Countering 21st Century Terrorism

Semester 3

  • FZ4707 Research project and report


Year 1: Semester 1

  • FZ4708 Policing Terrorism
  • FZ4710 Religion and Radicalisation

Year 1: Semester 2

  • FZ4712 Investigating Terrorism
  • FZ4709 Countering 21st Century Terrorism

Year 2: Semester 1

  • FZ4711 International Terrorism

Year 2: Semester 2

  • FZ4701 Research Methods

Year 2: Semester 3

  • FZ4707 Research project and report

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Typically, graduates continue in their specialist posts, with enhanced career prospects. Some students move into consultancy, or move careers into CT-related roles within the police or security services.

Progression to PhD is available within the School.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

The entire course delivery team are serving or former practitioners in the various fields of counter terrorism. The course team maintain strong links with counter terrorism agencies and the police service, especially within the North West of England. The programme is designed to improve career prospects and employability.


Learning Environment and Assessment

All modules are assessed by coursework. Each assignment is based upon work covered on the course.
To ensure there is not an excessive amount of assessment at any one time, coursework is spread throughout the course.

The course is delivered by Jim Bonworth, the course leader and retired Chief Inspector in Greater Manchester Police, who has worked in the Prevent strand of the UK Government counter terrorism Contest strategy. Additional material is delivered by a team of subject-matter experts.