This course 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.
This course's aim is to enable participants to analyse and explain current conceptual thinking regarding the nature of terrorism, its origins, motivations and manifestations, together with an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the counter-terrorism approaches and intelligence approaches and strategies adopted by states. Within the context of counterterrorism, the course also examines the role of intelligence in combatting terrorism, the relationship between intelligence and secrecy and its impact, as well as the ethical issues in the use of intelligence.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 02 - 06 Dec 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus/Online
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee

Course structure

Learning methods may include: lectures, seminars, debates, case studies, exercises. Delivery modes may include: class based, global classroom, and online.

What you will learn

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

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current conceptual thinking regarding the phenomenon of terrorism and the threat it poses.
  • Evaluate terrorist groups in terms of their type, techniques, manifestations and success or otherwise, both today and in the past.
  • Critique extant counter terrorism approaches and strategies and evaluate their relative merits in the context of democratic values and human rights.
  • Evaluate how terrorist organisations attempt to develop their intelligence capabilities and how counter intelligence can effectively mitigate against this threat.
  • Evaluate existent frameworks preventing intelligence and counter terrorism from becoming a political tool, and provide policy relevant recommendations in the fields counter-terrorism and intelligence.

Core content

Understanding terrorism:

  • Definitional issues.
  • Conceptual approaches to terrorism.
  • The origins and use of terrorism throughout history.
  • The nature and causes of terrorism.
  • Understanding terrorists: the origins, motivations and manifestations of terrorist groups, terrorist organisations and networks.
  • The process of radicalisation.
  • Assessing the success and failure of terrorist groups.
  • Counter-terrorism approaches and strategies: assumptions, aims, frameworks and principles.
  • Evaluate the purpose and structures of intelligence function · Identify and assess categories of intelligence. (Sources, disciplines, organisations)
  • Assess the influence of culture, history, power, and human factors upon the effectiveness of intelligence. assumptions, aims, frameworks and principles.
  • CT strategies, globally, regionally and nationally.
  • The CT ‘Toolkit’.

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.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.


Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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Location address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.