MSc International Security and Risk Management – Course information

Course Overview

Full-Time – 1 year

During this year, you will undertake all five modules plus the dissertation, and upon successful completion, you will receive the final award of MSc International Security and Risk Management.

Part-Time – 2 years

In Year 1, you will undertake the following modules:

  • Security Management: Prevention and Design (20 credits)
  • Strategic Security Management and Leadership (40 credits)
  • Security Management: Risk Management and Loss Prevention (20 credits)

In Year 2, you will undertake the following modules:

  • Security Management and Delivering Value (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Students who successfully complete all modules and the Dissertation will be awarded the MSc International Security and Risk Management qualification (180 credits).

Students who do not or are unable to complete the full course successfully will be able to claim either the PGCert or PGDip award if the correct number of credits has been completed:

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – 60 credits

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – 120 credits

Entry Requirements

UK Students

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.

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.

EU/EEA Students and International Students

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. To find out more about the qualification entry requirements, please click here: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country

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.

If you are from a country that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have not defined as majority English speaking, you will need to provide evidence of your language ability to study this course.

If you are a national of a majority English-speaking country or have completed an undergraduate degree in one of these countries, you may be exempt from submitting an English language test.

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, please refer to the link below.

To find out more about the English language requirements accepted from your country, please click here: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country/english-language-requirements 

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

How will I study?

This MSc programme is delivered by distance learning via an online learning platform. Online learning gives you the freedom and flexibility to study at a location of your choice, whether at work or home, without the need to travel and at a time that suits you.

Students will study the modules in the sequence shown above, with set start and end dates. Live Tutorials and Webinars are typically scheduled for each module and delivered via suitable media such as Zoom, Skype, or Teams. Students are encouraged to interact with their cohort via the learning platform allowing them to join virtual forums and discussion groups, enabling them to gain support and advice from their peers.

Self-discipline is key, but the team at Perpetuity Training are here to support and guide you through the learning.

What support will I get?

Making learning accessible is our priority. We have a dedicated MSc Coordinator on call to answer any questions that you may have. All students will have access to a tutor via phone, email or video conference from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT or BST depending on the time of year), Monday to Friday. Additionally, you will have access to the Course Tutor via scheduled tutorials and ad-hoc tutorial requests.

All students enrolled on this MSc have access to the University of West London’s e-library resources to assist with your studies, as well as a virtual online student forum where you are encouraged to interact with your cohort through discussion groups, enabling you to gain support and advice from your peers.

I am thinking about undertaking an academic qualification, what career opportunities could the MSc offer me?

Operational experience with underpinning qualifications are highly sought-after competencies for roles at senior management and director level. A quick review of advertised roles will show that upper-level qualifications, such as an MSc, are increasingly a preferred requirement for senior roles.

Our previous learners have found that through gaining this qualification, doors have opened for them and they have been presented with opportunities they may not have otherwise received. Achieving an MSc also grants professionals the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the academic field of security and risk management and the overall professionalisation of the sector.

When does this course start?

There are two intakes a year: February and September. The next intake commences in February 2024. Applications should be made in advance of these dates.

How much does it cost to study the MSc?

£7,200 for full-time study

£3,600 per year for part-time study.

How do I apply?

Intakes for this master’s degree are twice a year: February and September. For the academic year 2024/2025 the first cohort will commence in February. Those interested in undertaking the MSc can complete a contact form here and a 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 made 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 or visit: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country/english-language-requirements.

Quality Assurance

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.

When should I submit my application?

Applications should be made in advance of the start date.

Once your application is complete, Perpetuity Training will validate your qualifications and work history to check that the entry requirements have been met.  In most instances, a member of our team will contact you to discuss your application.

Funding options

Payment is made directly to the University of West London, and payment options are available.

This course is eligible for Post Graduate Loans. Applications for the Post Graduate Loan can be made in advance of registration.

You can use ELCAS funding for this course, for all eligible service leavers.

The University offer a payment plan, which enables payment to be split into three instalments per annum.

UK and EU students may be eligible for student finance.

We will be happy to discuss your funding options – just get in touch.

Students who do not or are unable to complete the full course will be able to claim either the PGCert or PGDip award, if the correct number of credits have been completed:

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – 60 credits

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – 120 credits

Who do I contact if I have a query about the course?

For all enquiries relating to the master’s programme, please email training@linx-group.co.uk or call +44 0116 277 3313 to speak to a member of our team.

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