Course details

Study options

Part-time: 9 months

UK/EU fee

£730 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start date



Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding Radicalisation addresses one of societies major challenges, socially, psychologically, politically and environmentally. This course gives you the opportunity to practice conceptual theory across the fields of terrorism studies, including examining security and intelligence through the use of critical academic analysis and using applied sociological and criminological perspectives.

The course offers 60 credits at level 7, developed through three modules: Understanding Radicalisation, Concepts of Global Terrorism and Contemporary Issues in Intelligence and Security, each separately assessed as 20 credits per module.

The PG Cert currently stands alone in a growing suite of programmes leading to Masters qualifications and is uniquely focused on the practical application of academic theory. This course supports the continuing professional development of those who seek careers, or are already engaged in, sectors significantly impacted by the issues of radicalisation, vulnerability, security, intelligence, safeguarding and policy.

The academic input from sociology, criminology and intelligence includes additional expertise from the International Policing and Justice Institute and Derby Law School at the University of Derby. Guest speakers include professionals in the fields of policing, intelligence, security, and intervention.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

The module supports continuing professional development for practitioners in front line services and will allow you to discuss and debate the many facets of radicalisation. By looking at how communities and agencies can be successfully engaged to work together, you will be able to identify, assess, refer and support those vulnerable to radicalisation.

This module provides the opportunity to unpack the theoretical approaches to radicalisation and to relate theory to practice in your working environment. Through research interaction and critique, major local security threats and global security risks will be addressed.

This module will enable you to approach the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism from a practitioner and case study perspective. An insider’s account and critical case study analysis will inform your critique and an appreciation of contemporary theorisation of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

You’ll analyse the conceptualisation of terrorism and its construction by academic study in contrast to social realities and practices. You’ll also consider how effectively terrorism can be dealt with, if informed and directed by academic theory, whilst taking practical and ethical considerations into account.

This module draws upon contemporary challenges and case studies to consider the changing focus of intelligence activities from an insider’s point of view, but also from the perspective of conceptual analysis and hypothesis beyond the constraint of institutions and governance realities.

You’ll examine intelligence in both the commercial and state sector. As the strategic environment changes, intelligence practice and, indeed, concepts of intelligence change. The actors and agents involved in intelligence transform, as do the objects of their concern. Counter-intelligence strategies and strategies relating to the activities of destabilisation, threat, illicit knowledge acquisition etc., also change. You’ll analyse how institutional intelligence bodies and their oversight transform, affecting theirimmediate and long term priorities.

Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry. 

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Learning, teaching and assessment includes block teaching using face-to-face and blended methods at the Kedleston Road and Friar Gate Square sites. These include lecturers, seminars, workshops and practical classes, as well as scenario testing and analysis.

There are three modules, which will run separately but overlapping; the latter stages of one coincides with the start of the next.

How you're assessed

Each module is assessed formatively through feedback on performance in seminar paper presentations, and critique of approaches to contemporary issues.

Summative assessment uses coursework, which includes a portfolio of evidence, an abstract and journal article, critique of theoretical models of terrorism and a position paper.

Who will teach you

Phil Henry - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Dr Philip Henry
Programme leader

Dr Phil Henry is Programme Leader for the MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management and the Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding Radicalisation. Phil also works on the BA (Hons) Sociology and MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Phil is engaged in social science research into disaster management and national security settings.

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Entry requirements

You will either:

If you do not have a relevant and good degree you will be considered by the Admissions Tutor. The tutor will consider all the information provided on the application form. If the application demonstrates substantial relevant experience in the criminological or social sector, the Admission Tutor will make an offer (if all other conditions in this section are met).

If your application provides some evidence of the potential to succeed, but does not clearly disclose that the entry criteria have been met, the Admissions Tutor may undertake an interview to clarify whether or not the student has the potential to succeed on the programme. This is an exercise of academic judgement, based on a holistic assessment of the individual and the demands of the programme. It provides an additional opportunity to assess an applicant who otherwise might not be admitted.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate language skills of IELTS 6.0 or above.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£730 per 20 credits*




*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


Careers in statutory services, civil service, policing, intelligence and security, education, community and voluntary organisations, NGOs, human rights organisations, legal and safeguarding arenas all have a part in understanding and addressing aspects of this programme in so far as they affect a range of professional settings and policy making environments.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.