Course Details

Full Course Name:
Diploma in Terrorism & International Security Studies

Course Dates

Next Course Commencing:
29th April 2020
10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma
Not Applicable

Course Fee

€1095 (€1,195 if paying in instalments)
€995 (€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Call +353 1 4160034

Gain a solid understanding of terrorism and the tools and methodologies used to counter and contain threats.

This course aims to give the student a comprehensive grasp of modern terrorism, its origins and some idea of how it is likely to develop. The course will also act as an introduction to the international security landscape and explain who the different players are and where they are situated in terms of their roles in attempting to maintain peace and stability.

Who Should Apply?

Those who wish to understand the root causes of terrorism and how to manage and contain it. While this may include career members of the security forces such as An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces and the Prison Service, it will also be of relevance to business and humanitarian professionals whose work brings them to volatile regions. The course will also appeal to those involved in the local and national management of key states services and infrastructure.  Those involved in policy creation for governmental and non-governmental organisations will also benefit.

Course Overview

The course will be delivered from both a theoretical and also practical and operational perspectives.

While the course will have a certain amount of theory and academic knowledge and context, it will also focus on methodologies that can be applied to operating in dangerous and volatile environments. Case studies will play a significant part to explain to the student how different threats and security situations have developed on a global basis. This will include less well known incidents and operational knowledge gleaned from the course deliverer’s own perspective based on work undertaken in volatile regions.

The current iteration of terrorism and its impact in both the Middle East and Europe will be analysed and allow the student to develop the ability to make calm and reasoned assessments for themselves and not be swayed by the various propagandists and ideologues in the world today.

By the end of this course the student will have been given a solid understanding of terrorism and how it links in with the current security climate. However, they will also be introduced to some of the tool and methodologies being used by a variety of agencies to counter and contain threats. This will be shaped and adjusted so as to be applicable to those who may not intend to pursue a career in this area, but whose career takes them in harm’s way.

Course Content

Week 1 – Understanding Terrorism and its Origins

Week 2 – Motivations – Making the Terrorist

Week 3 – Terrorist failures and successes (the evolving concept of the kidnap as a weapon)

Week 4 – Contemporary Threats (including threat assessment and who the main players are)

Week 5 – Reading the International Security Landscape (who does what and how they do it)

Week 6 – Countering Terror (methodology and case studies)

Week 7 – Understanding the role of intelligence in security application

Week 8 – The concepts of Situational Awareness and Acceptance in containing Terrorism

Week 9 – Response by the State to Terror and Threat (looking in particular at Irish responses and contributions)

Week 10 – Working and Travelling in the shadow of Terror (techniques, tradecraft and adaptable methodologies to stay safe)

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €1,095
(€1,195 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €995
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Successful students will be invited to attend a graduation event in Dublin in April 2020.

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
  • Limited class size
  • Parking

Excellent mix of Irish and international perspectives on terrorism, ideology, religion and all related matter.  Very enjoyable course.  Excellent application of theory and course material to modern events.

Seamus Dolan, February 2016

Declan has a great ability to hold your attention. I would highly recommend this course.

Padraic O’Boyle, February 2016

If ever a course was appropriate for the times we live in, then City Colleges’ Diploma in Terrorism and International Security studies is that course. The programme provides knowledge, illumination and insight into the field of terrorism as well as the political and security contexts that both influence and are in turn affected by terrorism itself.  The course is delivered by Mr Declan Power, a security consultant and former Irish army military officer. I found both his knowledge of the subject matter and classroom delivery to be excellent. In an era of mass education and multiple course choices it is sometimes hard for educational institutions to staff courses with appropriately qualified lecturers. This is definitely not the case with the Diploma in Terrorism. Both Mr Power and the guest lecturers are well qualified content specialists, both in terms of their knowledge and real world experience. As an added support City College record the lectures so that students can access them if they are not in a position to attend class in Dublin. The other advantage of this use of technology is that the lecture can be seen and experienced again by those students who have attended class. I strongly recommend this course for any person who has an interest in modern political events, international security and other cultures. The course is unique, welcome and relevant for our time.

John O’Hara, August 2016

I would just like to thank-you for your support. You made my enrolment and interaction with City Colleges seamless which made the whole process enjoyable. Also, could you pass onto the IT Dept my thanks. I had to contact the IT Dept twice and this occurred late at night (Australian time) and I received a workable solution within 5-10 min. Their service was excellent! I have benefited from the course and will recommend the college to others. I will certainly consider doing another course with the college in the future.

Edward McCann, April 2017

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Diploma in Terrorism & International Security Studies (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Terrorism & International Security Studies

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Declan Power


Diploma in Terrorism & International Security Studies (Online)

Online Diploma in Terrorism & International Security Studies

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Declan Power