• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

If you’re looking to move into, or progress in, security consultancy, our distance-learning degree provides a compelling route.

You’ll develop specialist insight, and acquire the skills and contacts to maximise the many opportunities open to you in the security and related industries.

Operate with confidence

The course has been designed to give prospective and practising security consultants the skills and knowledge to operate with confidence in this sector.

Blending the academic framework for consultancy practices, with the security needs and requirements for today’s businesses, we’ll cover the key areas of knowledge you need to get ahead in the field.

You’ll delve into everything from threat and risk, and the security of crowded places, to cyber security, terrorism studies and organisational resilience.

Practical and flexible

As well as covering off the more fundamental elements of security processes, we’ll develop your key project planning, management and strategic skills. You’ll also carry out your own research, related to your workplace or interests.

Delivered as a distance learning programme, you can study this course flexibly alongside your work or other commitments.

Work with industry specialists

Bucks has strong connections to the security industry. You’ll work with specialist academics who have all had military or police service, or commercial experience, and continue to practise today. We’ll support you to build your knowledge, network and work opportunities.

Who is it for?

This degree is for anyone whose role involves ensuring security protection is incorporated into operations and organisational functions, or those aspiring to move into this work.

You may already have experience and skills in security consultancy or management as a generalist or specialist, and be looking to add academic recognition to your experience and professional qualifications.

We welcome students who have not been in education for some time, or graduates from other relevant programmes looking to continue their professional and academic development.

Course Details

The course covers topics from an operational, tactical and strategic perspective, and from an individual, organisational and societal standpoint.

You’ll learn to:

  • discuss and critically evaluate a wide range of security issues with confidence
  • demonstrate critical consideration of the key concepts and theories related to the development, management and marketing of security consultancy businesses
  • apply the theory to the practice of the strategic management of security within organisations
  • evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make informed judgments, and explain and solve problems.

The programme culminates in you completing a research dissertation or project relating to your workplace or issues that most interest you.

Distance learning

Designed as a distance learning programme, you can study this course alongside your work or other commitments. You will receive lectures and study materials online, as well as podcasts and other tools, and interact with your tutors online, through Zoom (VoIP) and discussion boards.


This programme is eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

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What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants should have a relevant foundation degree and/or appropriate experience and industry qualifications.

As the programme uses ICT resources to deliver and assess the course, students should be competent in the use of applications such as Windows and MS Office.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that they are capable of study at degree level.

Students who hold the following qualifications will be able to accredit prior learning:

  • Anubis Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
  • Security Institute Diploma
  • ASIS International Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • BCI Diploma.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Threat and Risk
  • Security Risk Management
  • Information (with Cyber) Security
  • Management of Self, Teams and Projects

Year 2 Modules

  • Research – Dissertation Part One
  • Crowded Places Security
  • Investigations
  • Organisational Resilience

Year 3 Modules

  • Strategic Security Management
  • Enterprise
  • Terrorism Studies
  • Research – Dissertation Part Two


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,500 per year

Part Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Ed Mills

‘I decided to take the BA (Hons) in Security Consultancy after leaving the army and working in the security industry for a few years. The main reason for doing the course is its relevance to my industry and that the tutors are experienced in our field. It has really helped to increase my understanding and build on my existing knowledge. I am now Chief Operating Officer and Company Director of Vigilance properties Ltd.

I would highly recommend the course to anyone either working or thinking about working in the security industry. Although it has been hard work juggling a busy job and young family, it has been an extremely worthwhile and well supported course’.


What are my career prospects

By the end of the programme, you will be well placed to maximise on employment opportunities in commercial security. It could help with promotion prospects within your current organisation or you could also take your specialist skills into the oil and gas sector or other extractive industries, work amongst the NGO community or realise an ambition to run your own consultancy.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.