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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc Executive/Part-time Blended Learning Programme: two years, plus a dissertation. PgDip: Up to 18 months. PgCert: Up to one year.

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    16 April 2018

Course content

This course is specifically designed for those needing strategic level skills and knowledge to effectively develop and implement plans in the security sector. Enabling participants to analyse, evaluate and communicate emerging security challenges within state, regional, national and international frameworks.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for those with a keen academic and practical interest in responding to the challenges associated with security sector reform. You might be an official in a government department or a member of the security forces, or an aspirant for leadership in an international organisation, an international NGO or in civil society. The course is also relevant to those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills based on a related first degree, or those seeking to pursue a career in the fields of human security or national security.

Why this course?

By the end of their course of study, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of security challenges at a strategic level for greater stability in a national and international context;
  • Know how to evaluate, plan, implement, monitor and manage the effective governance of national security policy;
  • Harness human, and other resources, in response to security challenges and lead in their management, including when transformation is the object;
  • Demonstrate transferable skills in project and programme management for effective state-building in the security sector;
  • Underpin their knowledge and skills with authoritative, evidence-based understanding of the discourse, theories and good practices of security sector management and communicate these in written and spoken form with effect.

Course details

NOTE: Cranfield University believes that our academic provision should remain current and relevant and to achieve this we periodically review and update our courses. The MSc Security Sector Management course is currently undergoing such a review and this may mean some changes are made before the next academic year. Applicants will be kept informed of these exciting new developments before an offer of admission to the course is made.

This course is offered as an executive part-time blended learning programme combining residential sessions, each consisting of two modules, 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 all apply to the blended learning option.

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.

Individual project

The dissertation phase of the course for MSc students gives them the opportunity to research and write up to 20,000 words on a security topic of their choice. It could well be related to their regular work and will take approximately 6 months to complete. It will allow the student to explore their chosen interest by thought, wide reading, research, debate and discussion, supported by an academic supervisor with knowledge of the general topic, in order to produce a document of academic and practical value.


Comprehensive online learning resources with opportunities for collaborative group work at residential schools, together with assignments and an individual project dissertation.

Visit the Security Sector Management - MSc page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!





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