Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime (Dual Degree)
Do you have an interest in international security, technology and the causes of modern crime? Do you want to use the latest criminal investigation techniques to protect society against cybercriminals and terrorists?
On this Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime dual degree, you'll:
- Explore the evolving area of international terrorism and cybercrime
- Develop foundational knowledge in crime and criminal justice
- Examine theories, processes and models for managing the risks and threats of terrorism and cybercrime
- Learn about the methodologies and strategies security and law enforcement and intelligence agencies use to fight terrorism and cybercrime
- Examine current practices and immerse yourself the latest research into new forms of crime
You'll be based in Portsmouth and spend a year studying in Australia at Edith Cowan University, experiencing another culture and gaining an international perspective that will help you stand out when you embark on your career.
When you complete the course successfully, you'll be armed with the latest knowledge and skills, allowing you to start a career in the intelligence and international security sectors.
This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).
When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from University of Portsmouth
- BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University
Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.
You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of counter terrorism, intelligence and cybercrime than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.
All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.
You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.
You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.
Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.
Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.
- A levels – ABB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Get a grounding in criminology and criminal justice, providing a foundation for your degree and career
- Spend 1 year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia
- Develop knowledge and skills that intelligence services employers value in specialist areas such as intelligence analysis, physical security, online terrorism, cyberlaw and cybersecurity, international security, radicalisation and extremism
- Get practical experience in computing labs while you explore fields such as network security and digital forensics
- Put what you learn into practice by providing advice to businesses in our Cybercrime Awareness Clinic.
- Learn from cybercrime, policing, criminology, intelligence and counter terrorism experts, whose research projects are informing the future of security-related disciplines
- Develop transferable teamwork, decision making, communication and time management skills
- Graduate with a BSc Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence from ECU alongside your BSc (Hons) Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime from the University of Portsmouth
Careers and opportunities
Terrorism and cybercrime are among the biggest threats to international security, affecting businesses, governments, military organisations and communities.
Graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience to identify and manage the threat posed by terrorists and cybercriminals are in high demand, in the UK and abroad.
When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for a career in specialised cybercrime and counter terrorism units in police, government agencies and private organisations.
You could work in areas such as:
- Crime prevention
- Counter terrorism
- Criminological research
- Intelligence analysis
- Digital investigations
- Security consultancy
You could also work in the prison system or do postgraduate study in criminology or cybercrime.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
Putting work experience towards your degree
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.
In years 1, 2 and 3 you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
In your final year (which lasts 6 months), you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits, plus a module worth 20 credits.
- Understanding Criminology
- Essential Skills for Criminologists
- Criminal Justice
- Cyberspace, Subculture and Online Deviance
- Introduction to Digital Forensic Investigations
- Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights
- Questioning Criminology
- Researching Criminology
- Forensics Fundamentals
- Foundations of Economic Crime
- Hate Crime
- Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Learning from Experience
- Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
- Community Justice
- The Dark Web: Threats, Freedoms and Responses
- Victims of Crime
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Cybercrime Clinic
- Forensic Investigations
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Learning from Experience
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
- Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare
- Penology and Prison
- Policing and Society
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice
- Applied Intelligence
- Physical Security
- Counter Intelligence
- Counter Terrorism
- Intelligence Foundations
- Terrorism and International Security
- Radicalism and Political Extremism
- Intelligence Analysis
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Cybersecurity: Theory and Practice
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- interactive workshops
Teaching staff at Portsmouth and Edith Cowan University in Perth are from relevant law enforcement and security backgrounds.
Teaching staff at both universities are also engaged in research. This means you learn about the latest theories and concepts, which is especially important in the fields of counter terrorism and cybercrime where new technologies and types of crime are constantly emerging.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
How you're assessed
- project plans
- case study work
- annotated bibliographies
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.
In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 7–9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 but this depends which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
University of Portsmouth (years 1, 2 and 4)
The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
You'll finish your final year in December.
Edith Cowan University (year 3)
The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:
- February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
- June – exam period 1
- July to October – semester 2
- November – exam period 2
You'll start year 3 at ECU in semester 2 in July, finishing in semester 1 in May.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Personal tutors and country link tutor
You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.
Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You’ll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- Year 1 and 2 – £9,250
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
- Year 1 and 2 – £9,250
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Includes Transition Scholarship. Fees may be subject to annual increase.
- Year 1 – £16,200
- Year 2 – £16,200
- Year 3 – £1,800
- Year 4 – £8,100
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.
The Edith Cowan University website has information on your accommodation options.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – L312
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar course once you're at Portsmouth or study this course as a single degree if you decide not to attend Edith Cowan University in year 3.
Come to an Open Day
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.