The online MSc in International Security and Risk Management is delivered in partnership with the University of West London.
The programme explores critical issues in security management and combines theoretical knowledge with professional best-practice. Throughout the course, you will continue to develop a set of soft skills, such as writing reports, developing business cases and research proposals relevant to the professional security and risk management sector. You will cover both theoretical concepts and the application of theory in practical scenarios, with an interesting and diverse set of modules.
This master’s degree equips the modern security professional with skills to address a range of complex challenges within contemporary security management at a senior level. You’ll be encouraged to think critically and demonstrate your ability to back up arguments with research.
The programme is developed and delivered by PerpetuityARC Training (part of the Linx International Group) and is completed online. Enabling you to undertake studies from any location, working at your own pace. This flexibility means you can work around other professional commitments, whilst gaining a highly regarding academic qualification backed by a renowned university.
Course Detail & Modules
The online MSc in International Security and Risk Management explores critical issues in security management and combines theoretical knowledge with professional best practice.
Throughout the course students will continue to develop a set of soft skills, such as writing reports, developing business cases and research proposals applicable to the professional security and risk management sector and cover both theoretical concepts and the application of theory in practical scenarios.
This course equips the modern security professional with the appropriate skills to address a range of complex challenges within contemporary security management at a senior level.
During the course, you will be enrolled with the University of West London – the awarding body – which gives you access to the online university e-library.
Students will interact with their cohort through an online virtual learning system, which includes virtual forums and discussion groups. Students have full access to course tutors throughout the course as well as scheduled 1-1 tutorials and live webinars. As part of their studies, students will undertake 5 modules and a dissertation.
Security Management: Prevention and Design
To provide students with the essential knowledge and the core skills to enable students to plan, design and manage corporate security operations in a risk-commensurate, cost-effective way and to provide an environment to exercise those skills.
Strategic Security Management and Leadership
To provide strategic-level skills and knowledge, enabling students to research, examine and design security policy and strategy at corporate level. This module allows strategy to be combined with the latest international best practice, to ensure that operations are effective and appropriate in a multi-site, multi-disciplinary environment.
Security Management: Risk Management and Loss Prevention
To provide a critical understanding of what International Security and Risk Management is and how it works, including understanding the needs of International Security and Risk Management Producers and Consumers. Exploring the application of Security and Risk Management in a corporate environment.
Security Management and Delivering Value
This module looks at how security adds value through traditional financial models such as cost-benefit analysis. It covers key financial concepts and examines financial planning and budgeting. The module also explores how marketing and sales functions operate in relation to income generation; and how security works interacts with these areas, as security and privacy are increasingly important to consumers and businesses. The module also examines effective business decision making, taking into account: operating in a global risk economy, emerging markets, government policy and change management.
This module teaches the skills required to research and examine issues in crime, risk and security. It also covers how to critically evaluate the effectiveness of current International Security and Risk Management interventions and consider improvements based upon the evaluation undertaken.
The dissertation module enables students to further develop the knowledge and skills acquired during the course. It provides an opportunity for independent research of a relevant topic of the student’s own specific interest.
A good honours degree or appropriate professional qualification(s); or HND/Level 5 qualification in a relevant discipline with relevant experience; or equivalent international qualifications.
For academic year 2020/21 EU/EEA Students will have the same entry requirements as UK Students. This is applicable for the February 2021 intake.
How much time should I dedicate to my studies?
You have the option of following one of two routes on this programme; full-time for 1 year, or part-time for 2 years. The route that you choose should be based on how much time you can realistically dedicate to study, and we are always happy to talk your options through with you, prior to submitting your application.
In terms of average weekly hour study commitment for the full-time MSc Course, we would typically recommend 7-10 hours per week, and 5-7 hours per week for part-time, however this depends on you as the course is very much self-study. We typically advise learners who are in full-time employment to choose the part-time route.
To find out more about the qualifications accepted from your country, please click here: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country
International applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening), or equivalent, for example: Cambridge, TOEFL, Password or Michigan (C1 in all components).
In addition, if you have studied a degree in English, you may be exempt and not required to submit an English language qualification. Pre-masters qualifications studied within the UK may also be accepted. Certificates must be dated within the last three years. Applicants who have previously studied at this level in English will generally be accepted.
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be made and will be assessed. Holders of the Security Institute Advanced Diploma (Level 7) in Security management may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning of up to 40 credits.
All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
How to Apply
Intakes for this master’s degree are twice a year: February and September. For the academic year 2020/2021 the first cohort will commence in February. Those interested in undertaking the MSc can complete a contact form here and a friendly member of the team will contact you. We will then contact you to discuss your application and you will be asked to complete a full application form and return this along with any required documentation. Required documentation could include certificates, written references, details about your work history and copy of passport/photo ID. Applicants will also be required to participate in a video call in order to confirm their identity as part of the application process.
Once your application is complete, Perpetuity Training will validate your qualifications and work history and if all is satisfactory you will be invited to finalise your application and your details will be passed to the University. The University will issue you with a link and instructions on how to set up your university account and payment is then directly to the University.
International students will be asked to confirm their English language skills. We recommend that if you have questions regarding eligibility, you should contact us in the first instance. We will discuss your situation with you and will help, in any way that we can.
Linx International Group and the MSc International Security and Risk Management has been validated through the University of West London and is subject to the academic quality and standards of the University. As the awarding body for this qualification is the University of West London, Professor Alison Wakefield serves as the Link Tutor, moderating and verifying the assessment marking before they are submitted to the annual examination board for final approval and awarding of grades. Queries relating to quality assurance can be directed to Professor Alison Wakefield.