• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

The Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management offered by the University of Portsmouth comprises a taught element delivered through a small number of workshops in Portsmouth for the first two years and then two years of supervised research leading to a thesis.

The aim of the course is to provide a framework for security professionals to reflect on and contribute to practice in their area of work. Its emphasis is on developing researching professionals (which is distinct from the more traditional PhD route which aims to develop professional researchers).

What opportunities might it lead to?

Students on the programme welcome the opportunity to enhance their professional standing in their areas of expertise while developing important new knowledge in those areas. They are drawn from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • Corporate security
  • Commercial security
  • International security
  • Security training sector
  • Business continuity and crisis management
  • Policing
  • Military

The overall aim of the course is to develop security professionals whose work informs, and is informed by, original research in the field. Current research topics include:

  • Managing complex crises
  • Securing the oil and gas sector
  • Security of tax havens

Career prospects

Your professional needs and interests shape the research you undertake on this course. You may, therefore, use your increased knowledge and awareness of your profession to support your career aims at the same time.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Course structure:

  • Professional development and review
  • Advanced research techniques in security risk management
  • Publication and dissemination in security risk management
  • Security risk management project proposal

      English Language Requirements

      You need the following IELTS score:

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

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      Academic Requirements

      • A master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Applicants must be professionally engaged in a security related area. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.
      • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        6600 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        4260 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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      Living costs for Portsmouth

      • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

      Funding

      Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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