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