Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree) (BSc (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree) at University of Portsmouth

Do you have an interest in international security, technology and the causes of modern crime? Do you want to use the latest criminal investigation techniques to protect society against cybercriminals and terrorists?

On this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree, you'll:

  • Explore the evolving area of international terrorism and cybercrime
  • Develop foundational knowledge in crime and criminal justice
  • Examine theories, processes and models for managing the risks and threats of terrorism and cybercrime
  • Learn about the methodologies and strategies security and law enforcement and intelligence agencies use to fight terrorism and cybercrime
  • Examine current practices and immerse yourself the latest research into new forms of crime
  • You'll be based in Portsmouth and spend a year studying in Australia at Edith Cowan University, experiencing another culture and gaining an international perspective that will help you stand out when you embark on your career.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be armed with the latest knowledge and skills, allowing you to start a career in the intelligence and international security sectors.

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.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get a grounding in criminology and criminal justice, providing a foundation for your degree and career
  • Spend 1 year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia
  • Develop knowledge and skills that intelligence services employers value in specialist areas such as intelligence analysis, physical security, online terrorism, cyberlaw and cybersecurity, international security, radicalisation and extremism
  • Get practical experience in computing labs while you explore fields such as network security and digital forensics
  • Put what you learn into practice by providing advice to businesses in our Cybercrime Awareness Clinic.
  • Learn from cybercrime, policing, criminology, intelligence and counter terrorism experts, whose research projects are informing the future of security-related disciplines
  • Develop transferable teamwork, decision making, communication and time management skills
  • Graduate with a BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from ECU alongside your BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from the University of Portsmouth

Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Putting work experience towards your degree
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study
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.

Modules (indicative)
Year 1 (at Portsmouth)
Core modules:

Understanding Criminology
Essential Skills for Criminologists
Criminal Justice
Cyberspace, Subculture and Online Deviance
Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations
Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2 (at Portsmouth)
Core modules:

Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights
Questioning Criminology
Researching Criminology
Optional modules:

Forensics Fundamentals
Foundations of Economic Crime
Hate Crime
Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP)
Key Issues in Criminal Justice
Learning from Experience
Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
Community Justice
The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses
Victims of Crime
Crimes of the Powerful
Cybercrime Clinic
Forensic Investigations
Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
Global, State and Corporate Security
Learning from Experience
Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare
Penology and Prison
Policing and Society
Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
Wildlife crime: Threats and Response
Youth crime, youth justice
Year 3 (at Edith Cowan University)
Core modules:

Applied Intelligence
Physical Security
Counter Intelligence
Intelligence Foundations
Terrorism and International Security
Radicalism and Political Extremism
Intelligence Analysis
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 4 (at Portsmouth – 6 months)
Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice

Teaching methods on this course include:

Teaching staff at Portsmouth and Edith Cowan University in Perth are from relevant law enforcement and security backgrounds, working in roles including intelligence analyst, investigator and police officer.

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.

How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:

Annotated bibliographies
Case study work
Project plans
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.

Careers and opportunities
Terrorism and cybercrime are among the biggest threats to international security, affecting businesses, governments, military organisations and communities.

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 the course, you’ll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime and counter terrorism units in police, government agencies and private organisations.

You could work in areas such as:

  • Crime prevention
  • Counter terrorism
  • Criminological research
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Digital investigations
  • Security consultancy

You could also work in the prison system or do postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

Typical offers
UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent 

Selection process
Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.

English language requirements

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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