School of Society and Culture

MSc Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security

Programme code 7548
Duration 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.

You will examine a range of topics including the online environment and how its infrastructure is exposed to and counters attacks such as, phishing, malicious software, and distributed denial of service (DDOS) as well as the risks faced by the professional security sector. You will also 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.

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.


    • Cybercrime and cybersecurity
    • Terrorism and counter terrorism
    • Security management and organisations
    • Security risk and resilience
    • Dissertation

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

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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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.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

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.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage 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 weeks of 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:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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