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Peter Lehr from the University of St Andrews introduces the Terrorism Studies course
Terrorism Studies - study online with the University of St Andrews

The world's leading academic terrorism course. 

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Studying terrorism by distance learning

Delivered online - extending quality, flexible, accessible, cost and time effective education.

Tutored by world leading experts.

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Study individual modules, the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism studies - delivered by distance education

The world-leading online Terrorism Studies course from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews

Understand the Threat .... Reduce the Risk

The most popular online e-learning course to study terrorism and the responses to terrorism from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, in partnership with IBC Academy.

If it's part of your responsibility to protect people, infrastructure, organisations or investments, understanding the threat is key - whether this is to governments and homeland security, transport networks, investments, private organisations or to the public. Understanding this threat involves knowing who is involved, how and why they act and their capacity to inflict harm. The Terrorism Studies programme addresses these needs via flexible study options from just a single module, through to four modules for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or eight modules for the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies.  The course delivers knowledge that is so essential to practitioners and scholars in understanding and ultimately countering both international and domestic terrorism, jihadism and political violence.

Download the Terrorism Studies course prospectus for full course details.

Ideal Professional Development or Preparation for Further Postgraduate Study
By knowing who, how and why terrorists plot against civilians, governments, corporations, commercial operations, transport or IT networks makes an unmistakable difference to an organisation's security strategies. For many - including police authorities, close protection operatives, the military, government and private sector bodies - the subject of terrorism, jihadism and radicalisation is so vast and complex that a quality academic educational insight is rarely available.   This study programme provides the solution.
In these testing times where terrorists have grown their ability to target the military and civilians, and security risks are at their highest, knowledge of this important subject is ever more important and can help prepare a company or organisation to counteract and protect against the variety of threats posed by today's multi-faceted terrorist and jihadist organisations.

Programme Structure

As little as one module can be studied, or a core module and three electives for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies, or a core module and 7 electives for the Advanced Certificate.  Modules could be studied across a number of intakes to add up to the Certificate or Advanced Certificate, plus students can continue from the Certificate to the Advanced Certificate on a future intake.  Currently available modules:

  • Key Issues in International Terrorism (core for Certificate and Advanced Certificate)
  • Terrorist Ideologies, Aims, Beliefs and Motivations
  • Terrorist Modus Operandi
  • International Policing Policy
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Aviation Terrorism and Security
  • Maritime Terrorism and Security
  • Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Weapons in Terrorism  
  • Terrorism and Human Rights 
  • Homeland Security
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs): Threats and Countermeasures
  • Intelligence

For full module details and fees, download the latest Terrorism Studies course prospectus.

Terrorism Studies - Module in Focus: Ideologies

Terrorism Studies Course - Ideologies

This module focuses on the ideologies that motivate individuals and groups to resort to terrorism. It also describes the use of various propaganda methods by terrorist groups and examines the global trends in terrorist activities.

Study the module individually or as part of the Certificate or Advanced Certificate. Full module details.

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Why should you study an academic course on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism?

This terrorism studies course fills the critical knowledge gap, enabling participants and organisations to prepare to meet the counter terrorism challenges and risks of evolving anti-terrorist techniques and counter the terrorist threat.

Knowing how and why terrorists are radicalised and plot against civilians, governments, corporations, commercial operations, transport or IT networks makes an unmistakable difference to a nation’s or organisation's anti terrorist and security strategies.  The knowledge you will gain from this unique terrorism course will prove invaluable in countering the ever present threat to security.

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Terrorism Studies - Study Part-time Online with the University of St Andrews

The Terrorism Studies programme delivers excellence via globally accessible online e-learning, and can be studied from anywhere - all you need is an internet connection.

The course is recognised as the world leader in terrorism studies and is undertaken by many individuals and groups as part of their terrorism awareness training or counter terrorism training - mostly following the personal recommendation of previous students.

Successful completion of the Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies course results in the award of an internationally recognised certificate from the University of St Andrews.

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This is a University of St Andrews programme and qualification, jointly developed by the University and IBC Academy, and assessed and quality assured by the University of St Andrews.

Hear what the Director of the CSTPV has to say about the course:

Who enrols on terrorism studies? Participants have come from:

  • Prison Services
  • Aviation Authorities
  • Governments
  • United Nations (UN)
  • Embassies, High Commissions and Diplomatic Services
  • Homeland Security (DHSS) / Security Services
  • Diploma / Postgraduate / Masters / MSc Students
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Consultancy Companies
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Counter / Anti Terrorism Personnel
  • Customs Services
  • Armed Forces (Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, Special Forces)
  • Coast Guards
  • Police Forces
  • International Organisations (UN, NATO, INTERPOL)
  • Security Companies
  • Close Protection Operatives
  • Financial Institutions / Banks
  • Airport Operators
  • Critical Infrastructure Providers
  • Defense Forces
  • Airlines / Aviation Companies
  • Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Rescue, Health)
  • Maritime / Shipping Companies
  • University Lecturers and Researchers
  • World Bank
  • Defence Companies
  • Border Agencies
  • Researchers – Terrorism and Security

Terrorism Course Procurement Reference Numbers:

  • UK MoD ELC Scheme:
  • CAGE/NCAGE Code:
  • NAICS:
    611430 + 611310
  • CCR Registered:
    DUNS 232915728

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