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MSc International Security and Risk Management

MSc International Security and Risk Management

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Full time | Glyntaff Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Security Risk Management

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in International Security and Risk Management will facilitate the development of strategic skills and advanced knowledge in the concepts and theories that underpin global security challenges including cyber threats, terrorism, complex and organised crime and the challenges posed by states and non-state actors.

Embedded through practical and simulated learning, students will develop specialised and transferable skills in preparation for employment in public or private sector services, while having the opportunity to develop new solutions to complex challenges by undertaking wide interdisciplinary study.

This course, by leading academics from the International Centre for Policing and Security, is aimed at those who seek to develop their career prospects in the world of public, private and military security sectors.


You'll be assessed through written exams, practical exams and coursework as well as through real-life simulations (e.g., Hydra Minerva, Crime Scene Training Facility, engaging in covert activities – surveillance, anti-surveillance, intelligence analysis, decision making etc.).


Our Careers and Employability service can assist in helping you find employment that reflects your career goals.

You will also be supported by the team here at the International Centre for Policing and Security who will support the development of a CV and provide a range of career development opportunities.

At the end of the international security course, students can forge exciting careers in law-enforcement, intelligence and security agencies; investigative journalism; civil service and private security businesses, or research. Our careers and academic teams will provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. Many students decide to progress on to a PhD or Masters by Research at the International Centre for Policing and Security. You can study full or part time, on campus or remotely.


International Security Theories and Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (40 Credits) - Core
Intelligence Studies (20 Credits) - Core
Governing and Securing Cyber Space (20 Credits) - Core
Risk Management and Analysis (20 Credits) - Core
European Union Security (20 Credits) - Core
Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Europe (20 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 Honours degree a relevant subject or appropriate professional qualification(s). Those without the formal qualifications above are encouraged to apply if they have relevant experience in the sector. You will be considered on an individual basis where appropriate experience is taken into account.

University information

The University of South Wales (USW) is progressive and career-oriented university, which provides high quality tuition and course content developed in collaboration with key employers and industry-leading professional partners. The university offers a huge selection of courses, over 500 in total, and a comprehensive selection of postgraduate taught and research programmes which are internationally regarded. Courses are designed with the needs of...more

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