School of Society and Culture

MSc Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security

Programme code 7548

1 year

Course type

Full-time, Part-time route available

Location Plymouth

This course will explore some of the biggest global threats to our society today while scrutinising how technology and the online world are disrupting the way crimes are committed and society's responses to them. This MSc will provide you with an in-depth understanding of cybercrime, terrorism theory, strategy and tactics, and professional security management.

Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security

Careers with this subject

This programme will prepare you for careers across a diverse range of sectors including security management, policing, intelligence services, government services, armed forces, border force and research and academia.

Key features

  • Study serious and emerging threats and examine how security organisations are responding to them.
  • Learn from recognised cybercrime, terrorism, and security experts in both the academic and professional sectors.
  • Engage with guest speakers from a range of sectors and professions.
  • Make use of new digital learning centre and facilities to enhance you learning experience.
  • Develop your understanding of the commercial security sector.
  • Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in security and related fields.
  •  The course will be recognised for membership points with the Security Institute a UK based membership institute for security professionals. 

Course details

  • Year 1

  • You will study the risks faced by the professional security sector and how it is responding. Examine a range of topics including online environments and how digital infrastructure is exposed to, and protected against, attacks such as phishing, malicious software, and distributed denial of service (DDOS).Gain an advanced understanding of terrorism theory as well as terrorist strategy and tactics. Study the overlapping threat posed by both cybercrime and terrorism to the commercial sector, and the role of the professional security manager and security function in combatting these and other business threats. You also study research methods to guide you through writing a dissertation
    You will graduate with a critical understanding of cybercrime, terrorism and security, analysing threats and responses, and developing and conducting research.

    Core modules

    • MSc Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security Dissertation (CTS700)

      The dissertation module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a supervised, self-directed, research project of around 15,000 words on a subject related to cybercrime, terrorism, and/or security. The module also provides instruction and guidance in research methods and individual and group tutorials.

    • Security Management and Organisations (CTS701)

      This module examines the profession and practice of security management. The module provides a critical examination of the cross disciplinary theories, policies, procedures, and practices defining and informing the role of security management. It also examines the architecture of the security function within organisations and the contribution of the security function to commercial practice. The Module forms part of the Cert, Dip and MSc in Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security.

    • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (CTS702)

      This module will critically examine a range of concepts and issues relating to global terrorism. Students will learn to identify, interpret, and analyse a range of problems relating to terrorism and counter terrorism. The module examines the threat of terrorism and political violence at group and state levels and looks at their threat to national and international stability. The challenges, approaches, and techniques of counter terrorism are also examined. The Module forms part of the Cert, Dip and MSc in Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security.

    • Cybercrime and Cybersecurity (CTS703)

      This module provides an examination of debates and issues relating to cybercrime and cybersecurity. Students will study cybercrime and cybersecurity from a national, policing, private security, and individual perspective. Students will identify, interpret, and analyse a range of cyber related issues and problems and examine their impact. The module considers the ethics of cybercrime and the use of legislation to control it, as well as the techniques employed by cybersecurity agencies to counter, mitigate and investigate attacks. The Module forms part of the Cert, Dip and MSc in Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security.

    • Security Risk and Resilience (CTS704)

      This module examines the theory, practice and component processes that make up risk and resilience management within a security context. The module examines how organisations identify and classify hazardous threats and events, and how they seek to mitigate them. The module also looks at how organisations plan and prepare to recover from an event should it occur. The Module forms part of the Cert, Dip and MSc in Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Cybercrime Terrorism and Security Programme Specification 7548

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

Student 2023-2024 2024-2025
Home £9,500 £10,000
International £16,500 £17,600
Part time (Home) £530 £560
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

How to apply

When to apply
Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full.
Before you apply
Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance. 
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International students
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office. Take a look at our how to apply information or email
Submitting an application
Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page). 
What happens after I apply?
You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeksof us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.
We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. 
If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:
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Admissions policy
More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our admissions policy which can be found on the student regulations, policies and procedures page. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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