This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The aim of this module is to provide you with an evidence-based understanding of the history and modern nature of counterterrorism. The module will focus on different forms and arenas of counterterrorism and will provide a critical assessment of the effectiveness and flaws of different CT strategies and tactics. The module will also focus attention on several detailed case studies to illustrate the role and impact of counterterrorism policies and practices, and the lessons that can be learnt from them.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    £670 - Accredited Short Course Fee

    £350 per/day - Standalone Short Course Fee

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Be able to engage with and critique the evidence base underlying counterterrorism theory and models 
  • Be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of different counterterrorism strategies and tactics, and their suitability in different circumstances
  • Be able to critically appreciate the role of experts, practitioners, politicians and the general public in the development and application of counterterrorism policy and practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design and evaluation of counterterrorism policies and initiatives
  • Display a detailed knowledge of several case studies of major counterterrorism campaigns. 


  • Core content

  • Counterterrorism theories and models
  • Ethics and Human Rights 
  • Critical debates in counterterrorism
  • /PVE
  • and disengagement
  • Evaluating impact and effectiveness
  • Prevention and deterrence
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Risk mitigation
  • Resilience

  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    After successful completion of this course 10 credits can be put towards the Counterterrorism MSc or Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc

    Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

    Who should attend

    This course is suitable for engineers who require the knowledge of the threat environment and vulnerabilities of aircraft systems, structures and payloads.

    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

    Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.