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

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Studying terrorism by flexible distance learning

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Study individual modules, the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies - delivered by tutored online 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

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.

The terrorism threat form terrorism continues to be at a high, as highlighted by the latest annual Country Reports on Terrorism from the US Department of State Bureau of Counter Terrorism - "The ongoing civil war in Syria was a significant factor in driving worldwide terrorism events. The rate of foreign terrorist fighter travel to Syria - totalling more than 16,000 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 90 countries as of late December - exceeded the rate of foreign terrorist fighters who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, or Somalia at any point in the last 20 years."

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 high quality 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.
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.

Professor Richard English, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Poiltical Violence at the University of St Andrews:

Terrorism Studies - Module in Focus: Ideologies, Aims, Beliefs & Motivations

Terrorism Studies Course - Ideologies, Aims, Beliefs & Motivations

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.

This module explores the concept of terrorism, the types of terrorism and prominent terrorist groups, before evaluating the international measures to curb terrorism and exploring the role of business and media sectors in countering terrorist activities, while examining emerging trends in terrorism.

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 theory and practice knowledge gap in terrorism and counterterrorism, enabling participants and organisations to prepare to meet the 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.

Read more about the course benefits here.

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

The Terrorism Studies programme 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.  The course is also studied by many students who wish to continue a previous MOOC course to a higher level.

The course delivers unbeatable knowledge and understanding via globally accessible online e-learning, and can be studied from anywhere - all you need is an internet connection.

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.

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Who enrols on terrorism studies? Participants have come from:

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

Terrorism Course Procurement Reference Numbers:

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  • CAGE/NCAGE Code:
  • NAICS:
    611430 + 611310
  • CCR Registered:
    DUNS 232915728

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