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Peter Lehr from the University of St Andrews introduces the Terrorism Studies course

Certificate in Terrorism Studies - online professional development training course from the University of St Andrews

Course Faculty Biographies

Course Director

Dr. Peter Lehr
Lecturer in Terrorism Studies
CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Dr. Peter Lehr is Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the CSTPV, University of St Andrews. Being a regional specialist on the Indian Ocean/Asia-Pacific, he currently specialises on research in the areas of piracy and maritime terrorism as well as terrorism and organised crime in South and Southeast Asia. He also works on critical infrastructure protection, with a focus on airport and seaport security. He is the editor of Violence at Sea: Piracy in the Age of Global Terrorism (Routledge 2007) and co-editor of Lloyd’s MIU Handbook of Maritime Security (CRC 2009). 

Course Faculty:

Professor Richard English
CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Professor Richard English is the director of the CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. His books include Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (winner of the 2003 UK Political Studies Association Politics Book of the Year Award), Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (winner of the 2007 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, and the 2007 Political Studies Association of Ireland Book Prize), and Terrorism: How to Respond published by Oxford University Press and over forty journal articles and book chapters. He has lectured widely on terrorism, political violence, nationalism, and Irish and British politics and history, including invited lectures in Britain, Ireland, the United States, India, France, the Netherlands, and Italy. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), and also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA).

Charles Bird OBE
Teaching Fellow
CSTPV, University of St Andrews 

Between 1986 and 2010 Charlie was a member of HM Diplomatic Service specialising in the Middle East, conflict, post-conflict, terrorism and counter-terrorism issues.  Postings included the Gulf (1988-92) with involvement in Desert Storm, Belgrade (1992-93) during the war in the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia (1999) for the Kosovo crisis, Greece and Nigeria. During tours in the UK his roles have included Deputy Head of Middle East Department, Head of South Asia Department and leading a project that resulted in the formation of the interdepartmental (FCO, MoD, DfID) Stabilisation Unit which co-ordinates the UK Government’s post conflict reconstruction work in, amongst other places, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003 he was seconded to the military and was on the staff of the General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division both during and for several months after the invasion of Iraq.  Between 2004-2008 he was on secondment to the MoD working on issues related to counter-terrorism.  Charlie speaks Arabic and French and has an M.Phil in Linguistics from Cambridge.

Sir David Veness
Honorary Professor of International Relations
CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Sir David Veness is an Honorary Professor of International Relations with CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. David served as Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005. He joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet in 1964 and as a constable in 1966. In the course of his police career he specialised in serious crime investigations, hostage negotiation and counter-terrorism. David was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (MA, LLM) and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1990. David was awarded Queen's Police Medal in 1994, appointed CBE in 2000, was Knighted in 2004.

Dr. Gilbert Ramsay
Teaching Fellow
CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Dr. Gilbert Ramsay is teaching fellow at the CSTPV and is a specialist in terrorism and the Internet and has delivered reports on this issue for the United Nations and the European Union and has been an expert consultant for a UN working group on countering the use of the internet for terrorist purposes. Research interests cluster around the subjects of Internet jihadism, resemblances between hacking and terrorism as practices, and the concept of the subcultural 'ethic' in either case.

Other Course Contributors:

Andy Oppenheimer AIExpE MIABTI

Andy Oppenheimer is a defence analyst specialising in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons and explosives (CBRNE) and counter-terrorism. He is Editor of the CBRNE journal CBNW (Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare), an Associate Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, and a Member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). From 2006 to 2008 he was Editor of Jane’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence and NBC International, and in 2004/2005 was Co-editor of Jane’s World Armies.

His book IRA – The Bombs and the Bullets: A History of Deadly Ingenuity (Irish Academic Press 2008) is widely acknowledged as the seminal work on the military campaign of the Irish republican movement and provides a comprehensive account of the IRA’s mission, doctrine, targeting, operational details, and acquisition of weapons and explosives. It analyses what the IRA was hoping to accomplish in its unrivalled campaign of violence and insurgency through covert acquisition, training, and evolution of most IEDs used in modern insurgencies and terrorism. It also looks at how countermeasures (many of them based on new inventions) by the British authorities evolved to deal with the 19,000 bombs built, targeted and deployed by the IRA during its campaign.

His main areas of interest are CBRNE threat analysis, IEDs (improvised explosive devices), EOD (explosives ordnance disposal), counter-terrorism, nuclear proliferation, CBRNE defence equipment and first response, and business continuity and protection. He regularly gives presentations at conferences and as a VIP speaker at professional seminars for institutes, military establishments and law enforcement authorities.

Dr. Eric Metcalfe
Monckton Chambers

Dr Eric Metcalfe is a barrister at Monckton Chambers in London specialising in human rights, public law and international law. After completing his D.Phil in law at the University of Oxford he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999. Between 2003 and 2011, he was the director of human rights policy at JUSTICE, one of the leading human rights organisations in the UK, and has been involved in many of the key cases before the UK courts involving national security over the last decade, including A and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department (No 2) (2005), Binyam Mohamed v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2010), and Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others (2011). His publications include Intercept Evidence (2006), Secret Evidence (2009), Freedom from Suspicion: Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age (2011), and 'Terror Reason and Rights' in Civil Liberties, National Security and Prospects for Consensus (2012). He is also editor of Current Law Statutes Annotated for the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 (Sweet & Maxwell).

Listen to Eric talking spying and surveillance with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4

Dr. Michael Boyle
Assistant Professor, Political Science
La Salle University, Philadelphia

Dr. Michael Boyle is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He was formerly a Lecturer in International Relations and Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. He has consulted for the US and UK governments and was a leading counter-terrorism advisor to the Obama campaign in 2007-2008. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Cambridge University and an MPP from Harvard University. His research interests include political violence, terrorism, insurgencies, civil war and American foreign policy. He is the author of the forthcoming Explaining Violence after Wars (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

James Rosie
Strategic Analyst

James Rosie is a Strategic Analyst for the UK MoD, in the field of social and behavioural sciences. Previously, James served as a member of the British Army, completing several tours of Afghanistan, focused on Helmand and the south of the country.

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Available Start Dates

17 Jun 2015

20 Oct 2015

15 Feb 2016

Over 4500 participants have enrolled from 75 countries, representing

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


"An excellent and comprehensive course, the ability to tailor a course to one’s specific requirements is one of the key aspects making this an attractive and enjoyable course"
Stuart Dodson
Security OfficerVSG
"Having undertaken distance learning in the past, I can honestly say that this course is by far the best and structured with the student in mind"
Phil Caswell
Warrant OfficerRoyal Air Force

Reference & ID Codes for Applications

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  • NAICS:
    611430 & 611310
  • CCR Registered:
    DUNS 232915728

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