Cyber Security (Integrated Masters)

BA (Hons) Security Consultancy

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2023
Our BA (Hons) Security Consultancy is ideal for those who have already have experience working in this area, or are looking to make the move into it, to gain a solid knowledge base to apply to the workplace.
We have strong connections to the security industry and our specialist academics have all had military, police service or commercial experience, and continue to practise today. Whether you see yourself working within extractive industries, the renewable sector, the NGO community or even running your own consultancy, we’ll support you to build your knowledge, network and work opportunities.

This programme is eligible for funding under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme – our ELCAS number is 1682

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Application guide

Advance in your career with one of our professional courses. Read our Application Guide for everything you need to know about applying to BNU – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.  

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Professional Open Days

We understand that when it comes to deciding to study for a professional qualification, there’s a lot to consider. Come along to our Professional Open Day to meet the course team and get all your questions answered.

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Life at BNU

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first and will support you every step of the way. You can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, impressive industry links, and valuable networking opportunities, helping you to enhance your skills and bolster your career prospects.

Why study this subject?

A degree in security consultancy will help you develop the specialist knowledge required to excel in this field. On top of your learning, students often have access to current industry experts alongside academic staff to bolster their understanding and professional network. 

This degree is for anyone whose role involves ensuring security protection is incorporated into operations and organisational functions, or those aspiring to move into this work.

You may already have experience and skills in security consultancy or are in general management and looking to add academic recognition to your experience and professional qualifications.

There is also great flexibility in studying this course with our students coming from not just the UK, but all around the world.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

If you’re looking to move into or progress in security consultancy, our distance-learning degree provides a compelling route.

Throughout the course, you will learn from skilled lecturers within the School of Aviation and Security who have a high level of working knowledge based on industry experience. Our tutors will give you the practical, managerial and intellectual skills that will help you to build your security knowledge.

We offer students a supportive and flexible environment in which to develop and be able to apply this with confidence in their workplace. We utilise our online platform, Virtual Learning Environment meaning that all students have a comprehensive student experience whilst learning remotely.

The University has strong links within the security sector and is a holder of the Silver Military Covenant Award. We recognise the value serving personnel (both regular and reservists), veterans, and military families contribute to our business and country. If you are a member of the Armed Forces, you may be able eligible to received funding for this programme under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme – our ELCAS number is 1682.

As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s alumni community giving you access to a wide range of benefits throughout your lifetime.

What will I study?

The course covers topics from an operational, tactical and strategic perspective, that span individual, organisational and societal levels. Blending the academic framework for consultancy practices, with the security needs and requirements for today’s businesses, we’ll cover the key areas of knowledge you need to get ahead in the field.

You’ll delve into everything from threat and risk, and the security of crowded places, to cyber security, terrorism studies and organisational resilience.

You’ll learn to:

  • discuss and critically evaluate a wide range of security issues with confidence
  • demonstrate critical consideration of the key concepts and theories related to the development, management and marketing of security consultancy businesses
  • apply theory to the practice of strategic management of security within organisations
  • evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make informed judgments, and explain and solve problems.

The programme culminates in you completing a research dissertation or project relating to your workplace or issues that most interest you.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Designed as a distance learning programme, you can study this course alongside your work or other commitments.

You will receive lectures and study materials online supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, as well as being able to interact with your tutors online using video conferencing tools, such as Zoom, Teams, or Signal, as well as discussion boards. We also provide off campus access to library services, so you can borrow books from the virtual library and access peer reviewed journals as well as access to wider material via our interlibrary loan service.

You will be assessment by a variety of methods, including:

  • case studies
  • essays
  • report writing
  • presentations
  • dissertation.


Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Security Consultancy Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants should have a relevant foundation degree and/or appropriate experience and industry qualifications.

As the programme uses ICT resources to deliver and assess the course, students should be competent in the use of applications such as Windows and MS Office.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that they are capable of study at degree level.

Students who hold the following qualifications will be able to accredit prior learning:

  • Anubis Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
  • Security Institute Diploma
  • ASIS International Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • BCI Diploma.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Threat and Risk

Security Risk Management

Information (with Cyber) Security

Management of Self, Teams and Projects

Year 2 Modules

Research – Dissertation Part One

Security of Crowded and Publicly Accessible Locations


Organisational Resilience

Year 3 Modules

Strategic Security Management


Terrorism Studies

Research – Dissertation Part Two

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,640 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,640 per year

This programme is eligible for funding under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme – our ELCAS number is 1682.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this award, students from all backgrounds will find their employment prospects enhanced and their understanding of security consultancy significantly deepened.

This course could help with promotion prospects within your current organisation or you could also take your specialist skills into the oil and gas sector or other extractive industries, work amongst the NGO community or realise an ambition to run your own consultancy.

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