Terrorists and cybercriminals are a growing and constant menace to world security.
Learn how to fight this threat on the international stage as you study in the UK and Australia on this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree.
You'll develop the skills, knowledge and tech know-how to help protect communities, businesses and government organisations from terrorism and cybercrime. In year 3, you'll experience how Australian authorities deal with these threats when you spend a year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia.
What you'll experience
On this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree, you'll:
- Graduate with 2 degrees – a BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from ECU alongside a BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from the University of Portsmouth
- Study with academics whose research in areas such as incel culture and the security of smart devices are shaping the future of the sector
- Develop knowledge and skills that intelligence services employers value in specialist topics like intelligence analysis, physical security, online terrorism, cyberlaw and cybersecurity, international security, radicalisation and extremism
- Get practical experience in the computing labs at Portsmouth and ECU's Security Operations Centre (SOC) while you explore fields such as network security and digital forensics
- Learn from staff who have worked as intelligence analysts, investigators and police officers
- Enhance your career prospects by building a professional network in the UK and Australia during your course
Advantages of dual degrees
This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).
When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from University of Portsmouth
- BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University
- Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.
You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which helps you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.
All of this helps you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.
Location – Portsmouth and Perth, Australia
You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.
You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.
Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.
Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. 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. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.
In years 1, 2 and 3 you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
In your final year (which lasts 6 months), you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits, plus a module worth 20 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- interactive workshops
Teaching staff at Portsmouth and Edith Cowan University in Perth are from relevant law enforcement and security backgrounds.
Teaching staff at both universities are also engaged in research. This means you learn about the latest theories and concepts, which is especially important in the fields of counter terrorism and cybercrime where new technologies and types of crime are constantly emerging.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
You'll be assessed through:
- project plans
- case study work
- annotated bibliographies
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.
Terrorism and cybercrime are among the biggest threats to international security. In the 18 years from 2000 to 2018, it's estimated that terrorism has cost the world economy more than $800 billion and resulted in thousands of deaths. The economic cost of cybercrime is even higher, estimated at $1 trillion a year in 2020.
Graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience to identify and manage the threat posed by terrorists and cybercriminals are in high demand, in the UK and abroad.
When you complete this course, you'll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime and counter terrorism units in police, government agencies and private organisations.
The international perspective and additional knowledge you gain at an overseas university should give you a distinct advantage when progressing your career after the course.
You could work in areas such as:
- counter terrorism
- crime prevention
- criminological research
- intelligence analysis
- digital investigations
- security consultancy
You could also work in the prison system or further your studies at postgraduate level.