Risk and Security Management (Distance Learning), University of Portsmouth

the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
54 Months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
September

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About Risk and Security Management (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth

Overview

In an increasingly global society, understanding crime and the risk it presents is critical to managing security and preventing threat.

If you’re already working in security, or want to break into the field, this flexible BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management distance learning degree course will give you an advanced understanding of topics that have a critical impact on society. Study anywhere that suits you while developing your potential as a security professional in disciplines such as strategic and operational management, risk management, security management, business continuity management, cyber security, investigations and counter fraud.

Developed by leading researchers in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in collaboration with the private security sector, you'll learn to understand crime and risk at a specialist level through study of the latest security and risk management techniques, processes and approaches. You'll graduate with enhanced career opportunities and the ability to contribute more value to your current employer. 

What you'll experience

On this Risk and Security Management course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in the security sector
  • Specialise in areas that are relevant to you, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions on topics such as organised crime, victimisation, rehabilitation and contemporary terrorism
  • Be taught by leading academics from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, including Professor Mark Button, Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies and Dr Nick Pamment, whose team has adapted forensic fingerprinting techniques to fight illegal wildlife trafficking
  • Study on a course that inspired an Imbert Prize award-winning dissertation from the Association of Security Consultants, on the topic of the use of handcuffs and restraints in the private security industry
  • Have the option to convert relevant prior learning or work experience from previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses into credits and complete the course in less time
  • Get a Certificate of Higher Education after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education after 36 months, if you're unable to complete the full course

Work experience and career planning

Get experience while you study with suppor to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.

Module Details

Year 1

Core modules include

  • Essential Skills for Criminal Justice Studies (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Criminal Justice and the Legal System (Level 4; 40 credits)

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Year 2

Core modules include

  • Organisational and Security Management (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Risk and Crisis Management (Level 5; 40 credits)

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Year 3

Core modules include

  • Research Methods and Analysis (Level 5; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

Year 4

Core modules include  

  • Global, State and Corporate Security (Level 6; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

Year 5

Core modules include

  • Dissertation (Level 6; 40 credits)

Programme Assessment

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework

Student Destinations

When you finish the course, you’ll boost your career prospects and be prepared to take on professional roles across any sector that requires risk and security management.

Areas you could go into include:

  • the civil service and armed forces
  • intergovernmental organisations (such as the United Nations)
  • international charity organisations
  • intelligence
  • law enforcement and local authority
  • security risk analysis
  • crisis and disaster management
  • counter fraud
  • private security
  • information security

Previous graduates have gone onto roles with companies such as Control Risks (global risk consultancy) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyPart-time, DistanceHow long you will study54 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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