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Course content

*Please note that the MSc Security Sector Management course is currently being reviewed. This may mean some changes for the next academic year. Please check the website for the latest information.

Course Description

The objectives of this programme are for participants to be able to develop and implement strategic security sector plans and analyse, communicate and evaluate the broader implications for related areas within state and regional frameworks.

Course overview

By the end of the MSc, students should be able to:

- Display knowledge of the players, processes and structures across a state’s wider security sector
- Understand the skill sets required to implement and manage the effective governance of national security policy and resources
- Fully comprehend the way in which national security requirements and development priorities are managed in a mutually supportive way
- Develop transferable skills in areas such as strategic management, project, and leadership challenges
- Critically analyse and evaluate strategic national security policy, donor policy and the development agenda
- Produce workable sector strategies, programme plans, change management schemes and performance assessment criteria
- Implement national security plans within identified constraints
- Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate projects and programmes in the security and development sector

Programme options:

- Postgraduate certificate: Requires the completion of Module 1 and 2, plus 4 other modules
- Postgraduate diploma: Requires the completion of all modules
- Masters of Science: Requires the completion of all modules as well as a 20,000-word research dissertation.

This course is offered as an executive part-time residential course and it is also the intention to launch a blended learning variant of this course in September 2016, combining residential sessions at either end of the taught phase of the Course with distance learning for the remaining 8 modules. The awards of MSc, PgDip and PgCert would all apply to the blended learning option.

The Security Sector Management programme is suitable for those who work in any security or development related organisation – as a policy maker or practitioner. The programme is also relevant to those who may wish to enhance their knowledge and skills based on a related 1st degree or those seeking to pursue careers in the field of security sector management.

You will be taught by faculty from Cranfield University, many of whom are world leaders in their field. These experts will share knowledge on a wide range of current global security-related challenges (such as governance, the environment, information security and institution-building), as well as ideas and frameworks to respond to these challenges. Modules are taught in the UK at Cranfield Defence and Security, Shrivenham, which is co-located with the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, as well as at the University’s central campus at Cranfield in Bedfordshire, UK.

Individual Project

A 20,000 word researched based dissertation will take the student approximately 6 months to complete. The dissertation phase of the MSc programme provides an excellent opportunity to further explore cutting edge issues in the broader security sector debate, and the way in which these issues impact on both theory and practice.


Core -

Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
Building State Capacity
Change Management and Leadership
Governance and Oversight
Managing Intelligence Reform
Managing Public Security and Rule of Law
Managing Risk
Managing Security Sector Projects and Programmes
Study Skills and Research Methodology
Strategic Planning for Security and Development
The Economics of Security


Examinations, assignments, presentations, and project dissertation.


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Career opportunities

This course gives students the skills and knowledge to be able to contribute to security sector management as a practitioner or policy maker in government, the private sector, or the not-for-profit sector. The course is set at the national and regional strategic level.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Security-Sector-Management

Visit the Security Sector Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!





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