11 months
20600 GBP/full
10300 GBP/full
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Counterterrorism course at Cranfield University addresses those needs drawing on Cranfield’s expert staff and unique facilities to offer students an exceptional and cutting edge programme in this critical area. 

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Cranfield has a long history of specialising in Defence and Security subjects and boasts unique facilities for teaching and research in these areas. The staff are recognised as leading international experts and teaching is exclusively geared for postgraduate students.

The course is built on four core modules covering critical issues such as the strategies, tactics, ideologies & causes of terrorism, understanding the methods & theories of counterterrorism and applying it in action and in different contexts. Students then choose from over 20 elective modules – a unique mix unlike any available in the UK which allows students to specialise in different areas ranging from firearms and explosives forensics to a host of specialist areas in terrorism and counterterrorism, including cyberterrorism, CBRN terrorism, and much more.

Your career

We have entered an era where society faces critical issues in relation to terrorism and the fight against terrorism. The MSc Counterterrorism provides a rigorous, evidence-based qualification which will assist graduates to start careers in a wide variety of fields, including those related to security, policing, military, government policy, and international work. Beyond this, the MSc will help assist the careers of graduates who are already working in these and related fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Counterterrorism
  • Strategies, Ideologies and Tactics of Terrorism
  • Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism 
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism (CBRN)
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability
  • Courtroom Skills 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. criminology, law, politics, psychology, forensic science, etc) or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the elements of the subject will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20600 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20600 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • National

    10300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10300 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.


  • MSc Part-time £10,300 
  • PgDip Full-time £8,250
  • PgDip Part-time £8,250 
  • PgCert Full-time £5,150
  • PgCert Part-time £5,150 


  • MSc Part-time £20,600  
  • PgDip Full-time £16,700
  • PgDip Part-time £16,700 
  • PgCert Full-time £8,350
  • PgCert Part-time £8,350

Living costs for Cranfield

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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