Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime

On our unique course, you will develop a contextual and critical outlook on highly publicised cases, and you'll be introduced to the aspects the media does not talk about.

Christ Church is the only university to offer Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime at undergraduate level. Through varied modules, this degree will equip you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to help address what works in tackling transnational crime.

After the tragic events of 9/11 in the USA, the world entered what many see to be a new era in how we understand, perceive and react to transnational crime, including terrorism. Despite the significance of the attack on the World Trade Centre, transnational crime and terrorism are not new concepts, and are issues currently faced by many countries around the world. To understand the current strategies in tackling these phenomena, it is important to learn from history, evaluate the complexities, and take a holistic but critical view of politics, policies, international treaties, and policing powers.

Through varied modules, this degree will equip you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to help address what works in tackling transnational crime.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

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Career Prospects

On completion of your degree, there are a range of routes open to you. In 2018, the British Government announced that counter terrorism police funding was to increase by around £50 million to £757 million, a rise of 7%. This is in recognition of the changing threat from terrorism and to ensure counter terrorism policing has the resources needed to respond and keep the public safe. You could decide to apply to join the police, as a graduate, as there is a pathway that allows those with a degree to enter the profession and undertake a further postgraduate qualification within the first two years to be accredited. Entry via a ‘normal’ route would mean that there would be no compulsion for you to specialise in counter terrorism related work unless and until you wanted to. In addition, there are currently other exciting opportunities that focus on building bridges and investigating risk within the community roles within the police. 

You could also apply to become a Direct Entry Detective within the Metropolitan Police Service, where successful candidates are developed to detective status within 2 years, while other police forces around the country are providing fast track routes to detective that involve one year as a uniformed constable, followed by two years developing to be a detective. We have successful alumni who are now entering the second year of the fast track scheme. A range of other agencies such as the National Crime Agency, Intelligence Agencies, The UK Border Force, Private Businesses, Global Risk Analysis Companies, Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, and the security services have their own approaches to Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime. 

You could choose to apply for jobs in these areas or you could choose to utilise your education within the criminal justice field, in the civil service, local government, community safety organisations, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and the private sector security industry. 

In addition, there are a number charitable and voluntary organisations working with the criminal justice sector and vulnerable groups, such as Victim Support, Mind, Shelter, Nacro, Prince’s Trust, Porchlight, Barnardo’s etc, offering suitable job opportunities. It is important to note that the knowledge and skills that you gain from doing a Counter terrorism and Transnational Crime degree are transferable to other careers and therefore you could embark on a wide range of career pathways, and should not feel tied to the professions listed above. 

Many of our students also choose to continue their education by undertaking research degrees with us or at other institutions before embarking on a career.

Course Details

During the course you'll gain a solid grounding in terrorism, counter terrorism and transnational crime. 

You'll study a broad range of specialist modules to develop your knowledge and understanding of terrorism, political violence, counter terrorism and transnational crime. This will involve studying modules in:

  • International Policing: Structures and Dynamics
  • Accident, Disaster and Terror Scene Investigation
  • Human Decision Making in Theory and Practice
  • Policing Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK
  • Transnational and Organised Crime. 

You'll also choose from optional modules related to policing, criminology and forensic investigation to deepen your understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of counter terrorism and transnational crime. Optional modules could include:

  • International Justice and Human Rights
  • Cybercrime
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Crime, Power and the State
  • Major and Critical Incident Crime Scene Investigation
  • Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation.

In your final year, you'll conduct independent research leading to your final 8,000 word dissertation. For this module you'll choose a specific aspect of counter terrorism or transnational crime to study in depth with the support of an academic supervisor.


Year 1

Criminal Justice System and How to Tell What Works
Introduction to Professional Policing
Introducing Crime Offences and Justice
Transnational Crime and Global Markets
Introducing Crime Scene Investigation
Introducing Psychology and Crime
Language Module

Year 2

International Policing: Structures and Dynamics
Introduction to Terrorism and Political Violence
Accident, Disaster and Terror Scene Investigation
Cybercrime and Digital Policing
Decision-Making: Theory and Practice in Policing
News, Media, Crime and Justice
Volume and Serious Crime Scene Investigation
Crime, Power and the State
Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
Youth Crime and Justice

Year 3

Individual Study
Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK
Beyond Policing – Investigating International Political Violence
Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending
Transnational and Organised Crime
Major and Critical Incident Scene Investigation
International Justice and Human Rights
Cybercrime: Ethical, Professional and Legal Issues
Fire and Explosion Scene Investigation
Gangs and Serious Youth Offending
Policing Public Order and Crowd Psychology

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