Certificate/Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies




The most popular online e-learning course to study terrorism and the to terrorism from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, in partnership with IBC Academy.


If it's part of your responsibility to protect people, infrastructure, organisations or investments, understanding the threat is key - whether this is to governments and homeland security, transport networks, investments, private organisations or to the public. Understanding this threat involves knowing who is involved, how and why they act and their capacity to inflict harm.The Terrorism Studies programme addresses these needs via flexible study options from just a single module, through to four modules for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies or eight modules for the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies. The course delivers knowledge that is so essential to practitioners and scholars in understanding and ultimately countering both international and domestic terrorism, jihadism and political violence.

Programme Structure


As little as one module can be studied, or a core module and three electives for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies, or a core module and 7 electives for the Advanced Certificate. Modules could be studied across a number of intakes to add up to the Certificate or Advanced Certificate, plus students can continue from the Certificate to the Advanced Certificate on a future intake.


Currently available modules:


  • Key Issues in International Terrorism (core for Certificate and Advanced Certificate)
  • Terrorist Ideologies, Aims, Beliefs and Motivations
  • Terrorist Modus Operandi
  • International Policing Policy
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Aviation Terrorism and Security
  • Maritime Terrorism and Security
  • Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Weapons in Terrorism
  • Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Homeland Security
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs): Threats and Countermeasures
  • Intelligence


For full module details and fees, download the latest Terrorism Studies course prospectus.