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Cranfield University: Counterterrorism

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
Study type Taught


Never before in history have the issues of what causes terrorism, how to combat it, and how to assess and manage the risks associated with it, attracted such wide international attention and controversy. The need for accessible, comprehensive and reliable research and education on terrorism and counterterrorism remains profound. This new MSc addresses those needs drawing on Cranfield’s expert staff and unique facilities to offer students an exceptional and cutting edge programme in this critical area.

Course delivery By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and oral exam

Modules Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Compulsory modules All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Introductory Studies

  • Applied Counterterrorism

  • Strategies, Ideologies and Tactics of Terrorism

  • Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Research Project

  • Elective modules*

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Analytical Techniques

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism (CBRN)

  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence

  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability

  • Courtroom Skills

  • Cyberterrorism

  • Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

  • Firearms Investigations

  • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation

  • Forensic Ballistic Investigations

  • Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence

  • Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics

  • Investigation and Evidence Collection

  • Protecting Critical National Infrastructure

  • Reasoning for Forensic Science

  • Risk, Crisis and Resilience

  • Terrorism Risk Management and Mitigation

  • Terrorism and the Law


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