Postgraduate PgCert

Risk and Security Management

Salford Business School


Distance Learning


One year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

In a world of heightened risk, organisations face increasing threats from data theft, sophisticated cyber-attacks, global terrorism and the possibility of business disruption. There is a high demand for qualified and experienced security professionals to enhance operational resilience and protect individuals, assets, information, data and organisational reputation. If you are looking to enhance your knowledge of the security industry, Risk and Security Management offers essential learning.

This specialist online programme, co-created by Salford Business School academics and our industry partners, Security Exchange, is delivered in two 30 credit modules which together lead to a postgraduate certificate. The teaching draws on Salford Business School’s academic credentials and Security Exchange’s experience as a global crisis management consultancy to examine both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the discipline. 

Looking at risk to business from a broad range of security threats, this course covers cyber security, information security and crisis management in a number of sectors including oil and gas, entertainment, aviation and media. The programme is highly practical using industry specific case studies, contemporary and dynamic content and the tutors' personal experience to help you develop your knowledge, strategic understanding and practical skills.

You will:
  • Work with industry specialists to review security management and practice
  • Apply a risk-based approach to corporate security and risk management practices
  • Appreciate the complexities associated with modern day supply chains
  • Work with companies reviewing real cyber security strategies
  • Evaluate the importance of security and risk management in terms of brand reputation
  • Apply principles of strategic risk and crisis management within an organisational setting

students accepted

This is for you if...


You work in a security environment


You are looking to obtain the well-recognised security and risk management qualification


You want a flexible study environment, learning from industry and academic experts

Course details

All about the course

The programme has been designed as two complementary modules (30 credits each). You can complete one module (30 credits) and then chose when to study the second (30 credits); successful completion of the two makes up the PG Certificate (60 credits). 

You will attend online teaching sessions for 15 hours per week during each 12 week modules. Seminars and tutorials are run at 9am and 6pm GMT so you can attend to suit your time zone.


Security Management Principles & Practice

This module explores practical factors associated with the design concept and application of security measures on a local, regional and global level. An evaluation of specific site characteristics is discussed considering practical risk/security factors. A selection of physical security measures is outlined based on risk/security evaluation. The availability of internal and external resources is also highlighted. The selection of access controls and search aspects of security provides an insight into practical elements of search behaviour. The electronic security element of the module highlights intrusion detection and repel systems. The probability of detection is presented as a major consideration.

Security Management Policy & Strategy

This module explores management principles which form the basis for exploring definitions and concepts of risk and security management. Typical profile and characteristics are discussed which are necessary for risk and security management practitioners. Models of management are outlined which allow high order strategic thinking on the part of organisational leaders and managers from a risk and security perspective.  Consideration is also given to the historic advancement of risk and security theory which is employed in a consistent way. Trends and types of security issues are highlighted, which require the application of appropriate risk/security measures.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Teaching is delivered through a combination of scheduled online lectures, seminars and tutorials (individual and group).  You will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.


Each module is assessed using formal assignments, two assessments per module.  These will be a a report of 1500 words and an assessment of 3500 words; the overall pass mark is 50% per assignment.

School overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

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What about after uni?

The graduate certificate will allow you to enter the risk and security management industry or develop your existing career with a recognised qualification.

A taste of what you could become

A risk management expert

A crisis manager

A Safety and Health practitioner

A Senior Manager in Man-guarding Companies

Security Management Consultants

And more...

Career Links

This programme has been co-created by industry experts with links to companies working in this field. Your fellow students will form a network of peers and you are strongly encouraged to develop your links with these colleagues to share your learning.


What you need to know

Applicant Profile

This course is ideal for professionals already working in the security field, eager to enhance their career prospects. In an industry that traditionally has little or no regulation across many of the core disciplines, a formal academic qualification will enable you to broaden your knowledge and skill sets; to demonstrate your competence and critical thinking to existing or future employers; and to present yourself in the best possible light in what promises to be a highly competitive environment.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You will have a 2.2 Honours degree from a UK, EU or international school or university. You do not need to have studied business previously but a background in Security/Crisis Management will be beneficial.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation Of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £2,700per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £5,010per year
Full-time home 2022/23 £2,760per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £5100per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

Salford Business School is delighted to offer this new online programme for entry in September 2020. It is aimed at those working in the security industry or looking to join it and wanting a recognised qualification.