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  • Develop your understanding of the nature and causes of radicalisation
  • Examining theories of radicalisation provides you with a basis for a critical approach to policy-making strategies
  • You’ll be able to investigate social and political concerns for security and will critically assess these against traditional institutional formats
  • Examine the social psychology of intelligence
  • You’ll develop an appreciation of the relationship between academic theories conceptualising terrorism and the practical and ethical considerations of social realities
  • You’ll be able to assess the impact on freedoms and critically evaluate the legal and practical implications for counter terrorism policy in the UK and elsewhere.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding Radicalisation addresses one of societies major challenges, socially, psychologically, politically and environmentally. This course gives you the opportunity to practice conceptual theory across the fields of terrorism studies, including examining security and intelligence through the use of critical academic analysis and using applied sociological and criminological perspectives.

The course offers 60 credits at level 7, developed through three modules: Understanding Radicalisation, Concepts of Global Terrorism and Contemporary Issues in Intelligence and Security, each separately assessed as 20 credits per module.

The PG Cert currently stands alone in a growing suite of programmes leading to Masters qualifications and is uniquely focused on the practical application of academic theory. This course supports the continuing professional development of those who seek careers, or are already engaged in, sectors significantly impacted by the issues of radicalisation, vulnerability, security, intelligence, safeguarding and policy.

The academic input from sociology, criminology and intelligence includes additional expertise from the International Policing and Justice Institute and Derby Law School at the University of Derby. Guest speakers include professionals in the fields of policing, intelligence, security, and intervention.

How you will learn

Learning, teaching and assessment includes block teaching using face-to-face and blended methods at the Kedleston Road and Friar Gate Square sites. These include lecturers, seminars, workshops and practical classes, as well as scenario testing and analysis.

There are three modules, which will run separately but overlapping; the latter stages of one coincides with the start of the next.

How you're assessed

Each module is assessed formatively through feedback on performance in seminar paper presentations, and critique of approaches to contemporary issues.

Summative assessment uses coursework, which includes a portfolio of evidence, an abstract and journal article, critique of theoretical models of terrorism and a position paper.


Careers in statutory services, civil service, policing, intelligence and security, education, community and voluntary organisations, NGOs, human rights organisations, legal and safeguarding arenas all have a part in understanding and addressing aspects of this programme in so far as they affect a range of professional settings and policy making environments.

Visit the Understanding Radicalisation (PGCert) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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