This module will allow students to develop an understanding of the impact of social media, from the perspective of security, intelligence and cyber influence.

This Module can only be taken as an Accredited Short Course. For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

Due to the nature of the subject matter in this Module, security clearance may be required. 

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,800 - Accredited Short Course fee Concessions available

Course structure

The course will be delivered using both compulsory residential and online activities.

What you will learn


  • what are social technologies and media?,
  • development and horizon scanning,
  • asocial interaction,
  • e-inclusion and the citizenship agenda,
  • other uses of social media – education, scenario planning, simulation and design social technologies and security,
  • impact on productivity and working practices,
  • understanding generational differences,
  • mobility and pervasiveness,
  • security awareness and policies,
  • social networks and information exploitation,
  • personas, identity, privacy and anonymity,
  • information leakage.

Social technologies and influence

  • social marketing,
  • Persuasive technologies,
  • Terrorism and social media,
  • Social mobilization,
  • two-way communication and dialogue,
  • second life and alternative worlds ,
  • social technologies and intelligence,
  • open source exploitation,
  • data analytics & big data driving behavioural profiling,
  • automated tools and techniques,
  • challenges for situational awareness.

Core content


  • assess the societal impact of social media,
  • appraise the security requirements concerning risk and social media.


  • evaluate the threats and opportunities provided by social media in relation to business practice, influence, intelligence and information assurance.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Accredited Short Course, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Defence and Security (Technology) MScCyber Defence and Information Assurance MSc or Cyberspace Operations 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

Students must have successfully Foundations of Cyber completed in order to take this as an Accredited Short Course.


Robert Black  


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.