Security Institute Advanced Diploma in Security Management – Online

The Security Institute Advanced Diploma in Security Management

Qualification…………………….. Level 7 (QNUK Endorsed)
Duration…………………………..9 months, 400 learning hours, 400 CPD points

This training course is proudly delivered in partnership with The Security Institute.

Set at Masters level, this online course give you the opportunity to research, analyse and explore a specialist area of your choice within the security management sector. It covers core theory with accompanying methodologies and gives you the skills to think critically – a much sought after skill for today’s security professional. A strategically-focused course, you will develop an advanced level of comprehension of the core subject areas of security management.

From looking at core texts with a critical-eye, to extracting theory from best practice through to developing specialist knowledge in a niche area, this online course takes the study of security management to a very advanced level.

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll earn 40 credits which can be used towards our Masters degree in International Security and Risk Management, delivered in collaboration with the University of West London.

Core modules

    • Critical thinking and critical writing skills

    In order to produce what can be considered a well-researched and fair argument, it can be argued that we cannot believe everything that we read and we must ensure that we consider all factors available to us. In doing so, we are exercising a vital skill for any modern professional; the ability to think critically.

    This module introduces the principles and tools of critical thinking including analysing arguments, understanding how arguments are structured, and identifying flaws and assumptions in one’s own thinking versus the arguments of others within the field. Utilising the skills that they have developed through the user-friendly taught content available on the Virtual Learning Platform, learners are tasked with a written critical analysis of a security journal article of their own choosing. For learners, this module lays the foundations for critical research; a competency heavily relied upon for effective project proposals (module 2) and subsequent, meaningful bodies of research (module 3).

    • Research methods and project proposals

    Conducting effective research is of paramount importance in all aspects of professional public and private service delivery.  In this module, learners will select an area within the sphere of security and risk management that they would like to investigate, fully. In order to assist learners to devise appropriate research proposals suitable for both academic and commercial initiatives, this module examines the purpose of research and provides guidance on the use of common research methods including quantitative and qualitative data analysis, literature-based research and ethnographic study.

    Learners will cover how to match methods of analysis to particular research problems, and the design of data gathering tools such as questionnaires and structured and unstructured interviews for data collection. We encourage that learners select a topic that they are most interested in for either personal development, interest or as a means of addressing a security challenge that they have encountered within their career. The research proposal produced by learners in module 2 will form the basis of their written project in module 3.

    • Conducting research and projects

    Literary contributions to the academic field assist with the ongoing professionalisation of security and risk management. In this module, learners will have the opportunity to contribute to this field by producing their own written research project, focused on a topic of their own selection and guided by their project proposal in module 2. This final module covers the format and conventions for writing-up academic research and projects.

    In this module, learners will cover the construction of projects, the use of supporting evidence, handling and presentation of findings and evidence, as well as conventions of referencing and common formats for both in academic papers and commercial reports. Learners will examine and practice the use of a range of tools for organising and presenting effective arguments and meaningful findings, originating from data that learners have obtained through research.

Eligibility criteria

The course is open to all those who operate within the private and public security sectors and typically meet one of the following criteria:

  • completion of the Security Institute Diploma, and five years experience working in security management or a related management field,
  • or a security-related degree, and seven years experience of working within the security sector,
  • or a non-security related degree plus ten years experience working in security management or a related field.

If you’d like to find out whether course is the right one for you, our team of specialist account managers are here to help you.

You can get started on this course when you’re ready – there are no set in-takes. Just get registered and once the invoice is cleared, you can begin!

If you’d like financial support in paying for your training in monthly instalments, you can apply for credit to do so here: Finance 





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