Counterterrorism MSc

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Counterterrorism MSc

Never before in history have the issues of what causes terrorism, how to combat it, and how to assess and manage the risks associated with it, attracted such wide international attention and controversy. The need for accessible, comprehensive and reliable research and education on terrorism and counterterrorism remains profound. This new MSc addresses those needs drawing on Cranfield’s expert staff and unique facilities to offer students an exceptional and cutting edge programme in this critical area.

Start date: Jan 2021

Duration Full-time: MSc 11 months, PgDip and PgCert 1 year. Part-time: 2 years (PgDip and PgCert) or 3 years (MSc).
Delivery By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam.
Qualification MSc, PgDip, PgCert
Study type Full-time / Part-time
Campus Cranfield University at Shrivenham

Course details
Course delivery
By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam.

Individual project
The individual project takes four months from April to July. The student selects from a range of titles, or may propose their own topic. Most are practically or experimentally based using Cranfield’s unique facilities.

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Course modules
Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Course modules
Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course
Applied Counterterrorism

  • Research Project - Counter-Terrorism
  •  Strategies, Ideologies and Tactics of Terrorism
  • Understanding Terrorism & Counter-terrorism

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability
  • Courtroom Skills
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Digital Crime and Investigation
  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
  • Firearms Investigation
  • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
  • Forensic Ballistic Investigations
  • Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
  • Global Security: Emerging Challenges
  • Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
  • Investigation and Evidence Collection
  • Reasoning for Forensic Science

Teaching team
You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts with many years' industrial experience as well as external speakers from industry and forensics.  

Your career
We have entered an era where society faces critical issues in relation to terrorism and the fight against terrorism. The MSc Counterterrorism Studies provides a rigorous, evidence-based qualification which will assist graduates to start careers in a wide variety of fields, including those related to security, policing, military, government policy, and international work. Beyond this, the MSc will help assist the careers of graduates who are already working in these and related fields.

Fees and funding
European Union students applying for university places in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (28 May 2019).
Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.
Students from the UK/EU are eligible for a departmental bursary of £2,000 for MSc and £1,200 for PgDip award. For further information on the funding of this course, please see the Fees and Funding section.
Course fees
Home-EU fees
MSc Full-time £10,000
MSc Part-time £10,000 *
PgDip Full-time £8,000
PgDip Part-time £8,000 *
PgCert Full-time £5,000
PgCert Part-time £5,000 *
* Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced


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