Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years
Distance without attendance, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Online
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.
This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.
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.
Year 1: Semester 1
Year 1: Semester 2
Year 2: Semester 1
Year 2: Semester 2
Year 2: Semester 3
Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 11 July 2018
FZ4701 Research Methods for Crime & Criminal Justice
Investigators are required to have a wide range of skills beyond expertise in their specialist subject. This module provides the necessary skills in research techniques appropriate to the discipline, project management, data analysis and retrieval etc. and equips the student to undertake primary research by acceptable and valid methodologies, some of which will be used in the dissertation module.
FZ4707 MSc Dissertation
You will undertake a project which uses and enhances many of the skills learnt on the course, including undertaking primary research. Following the conclusion of the work, you will complete a 10,000 word report on the project as well as give a presentation of your findings; you will be expected to justify your choice of research methodology and comment on your work’s validity and reliability.
FZ4708 Policing Terrorism
Terrorism is an area of criminality that established investigative agencies such as the police are required to investigate. This policing area is subject to much attention because of world-wide events such as 9/11 and the UK has developed the CONTEST strategy as a response. The module aims to provide students with detailed knowledge of UK law and policy on terrorism.
FZ4709 Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century
This module is designed to expose student to the tools and techniques associated with terrorism and those countermeasures which are employed to tackle the problem. In addition students successfully completing the module will have a knowledge of UK criminal law in relation to the topic.
FZ4710 Religion and Radicalisation
History shows that extremism comes in many forms and is motivated in a variety of ways. This module critically examines how faith affects radicalisation in context and what this might mean for counter terrorism methodologies and leadership of organisations responsible for this task. Approaches to reducing the likelihood of young people being radicalised into violent extremism are explored and the module aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the difficulties involved and to develop and apply solutions.
FZ4711 International Terrorism
This module critically reviews appropriate legislation and policy illustrating these by use of significant case studies and examination of the resulting investigations. The relationship between organisations tasked with investigative responsibilities and the wider political landscape are considered. Emerging international threats and the factors which drive terrorism are explored and students successfully completing the module will have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter.
FZ4712 Investigating Terrorism
This module describes how students might understand the investigation of terrorist crimes operating at a complex level. Students apply legislation, policy and techniques appropriate to investigations into terrorist incidents. Examining issues in respect of intelligence-led working with partner agencies students successfully completing the module will have a comprehensive understanding of relevant investigative strategies.
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.
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
Part-time Distance Learning fees: £3,180 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.
Criminal Investigation Postgraduate , MSc/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Criminal Justice Postgraduate , MSc/DProf, Full-time and Part-time
Cybercrime Investigation Postgraduate , MSc/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Financial Investigation Postgraduate , MSc/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Professional Practice (Early Action) Postgraduate , MSc/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
The entire course delivery team are serving or former practitioners in the various fields of counter terrorism . The full-time academic tutors are engaged in subject-relevant research while associate tutors keep relevant in their specialist area by working with national and international organisations and various North West police services. 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.
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 can be taken full or part time and also as an attended or online option. The full-time attended option has face-to-face teaching of six hours each week at Preston. However you can also complete the course part-time, over two years. There is also a full-time and part-time option of completing the degree online which means you do not need to attend classes at Preston, but meet other students and tutors in an online environment.
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.
Ian Palmer lecturer in Counter terrorism (undergraduate and postgraduate)
Having completed thirty years police service and reaching the rank of Superintendent, Ian joined the lecturing team in February 2017 having been a guest lecturer since 2014. Ian’s policing focused on divisional policing in Greater Manchester’s inner city areas and strategic leadership in the areas of Criminal Justice, Performance Management and Evidence Based Policing. Ian completed European Baccalaureate studies in Valladolid, Spain in 1985 prior to commencing a policing career with Greater Manchester Police. He was awarded a Masters in Criminology from Cambridge University in 2011 where his research area was the use of evidence based practice in policing. He was a founding member of the British Society of Evidence Based Policing and his Master’s thesis has been cited in a number of academic journal articles and books. Ian is currently undertaking Doctoral research into the phenomena of ‘Suspect Communities’ within a counter-terrorism context.