Professional Graduate Diploma in Counter Terrorism & Security

Duration: 6 months (Part Time)
Intake Date : Email or call Clare @ 6720 3333 for more information
Admission closing date: 2 weeks prior to commencement

Program Highlights

security-diplomaThe Graduate Diploma in Counter Terrorism and Security seeks to improve professional standards by deepening students’ understanding of the history and motivators of terrorism, and thereby developing their ability to critique current (and anticipate future) terrorist threats and possible counter terrorist measures.

Designed for working professionals, the assessment will be coursework focused to encourage the application of theory to practice, with the aim of having students articulating ways in which their learning can be applied to their own professional practice. Students will also acquire practical knowledge in security risk, security technology and lost prevention knowledge.


Where does it lead?

Developed and delivered by industry practitioners, this program is both academically rigorous and practical oriented. The curriculum is closely aligned with industry practice and framework, upon completion of the program, students will

  • Developed an understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges in the areas of protecting, counter terrorism and security management.
  • Attained knowledge and skills associated with developing responses to political, security and law enforcement threats
  • A comprehensive understanding of the current trends in terrorism and policing
  • Understanding of National Security refers to the requirement to maintain the survival of the national state through a range of protective measures
  • Identify and distinguish between different types of terrorism according to the ideology of the terrorists
  • Perform sophisticated terrorist threat assessments

What will I learn?

The program comprises of 4 modules delivered over 4 blocks of 2 full weekend sessions from 9am to 5pm in Singapore

Security and Risk Management

This unit will introduce the student to security and risk management concepts. It will examine the development of security, and the application of criminological theory to security. Students will be introduced to risk theory, and the assessment, analysis and management applied to risk. Students will consider the requirements for conducting and documenting security surveys. An introduction to crisis management theory, security planning, policy and procedures will be presented.

Counter Terrorism and Current Threats
Today there are many terrorist organizations which operate on an international level and can be distinguished by their opinions, motives, and geographical locations. Current threats and recent terrorist attacks by means of explosive devices will also be highlighted in the unit e.g. USA-WTC 9/11, Bali Bombing & Mumbai Terrorist Attacks. This unit will also explore the evolution of national security and counterterrorism and evaluates approaches to formulating effective counterterrorist strategies. The unit includes operational case studies to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of counterterrorism methodologies.

Security and Loss Prevention
Today’s top challenges include old and new threats like terrorism, cybercrime, technology exploitation, and pandemics. This unit will addressed on the security professional’s fundamental responsibilities, such as planning, compliance, applicant screening, and workplace safety. Retail lost prevention e.g. Shop lifting, embezzlement, credit card theft, check/cheque fraud will be highlighted in this unit.

Criminology and Behavioural Psychology
This unit will allow you to understand the key areas of criminology and psychology. As the crime problems today become an increasingly central focus, you will acquire the methodological skills and theoretical tools that criminology practitioner’s use, and study specific ways of understanding people and their behaviour.

Ms Joanna Yeo (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University)

Joanna Yeo PictureMs. Joanna Yeo had worked as a case manager, counselor and programme organizer for inmates and pre-release group counseling, as well as performing case assessment (post-release and environment/financial assessment) at the Kaki Bukit Center (Prison School).

She had also worked with the Ministry of Home Affairs as a Senior Officer (Rehabilitation Officer 1). Her responsibilities included inmate management, Work Release Scheme/Home Detention reports and operations within Housing Units. She also worked with the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Singapore Boys’ Home Rehabilitation officer (Programme & Casework) to counsel, organize and conduct programmes for residents, and to give presentation of cases in Juvenile, Family and Subordinate courts. She had worked at the Singapore Police Force under the Operations, Licensing Department

  • Soc.Sc. (Sociology by Research), National University of Singapore
  • Sc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University (Green College) – Law faculty
  • Bachelor of Arts with Merits in Double major: Sociology & Social Work, National University of Singapore


Leonard Sng BSc (Hons), MBA

leonardASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and BS 25999:2007 Lead Auditor Program British Standards Institute.

Mr Leonard Sng was the Director Corporate Security, Asia Pacific at First Data Corporation. He has over 18 years of security management experience drawn from both the public and private sectors in Singapore. Started security mangement career with the Minsitry of Home Affairs before moving on to the Intelligence Services at the Minstry of Defence. In Aug 2001 , moved over to Singapore Airlines Ltd as a Regional Security Manager and managed the airlines regional security portfolios in the South Pacific, Europe and Asia Pacific. Was seconded to Singapore Airlines Cargo Ltd in 2006 as Security Manager responsible for global cargo operations. Joined electronic payments global market leader, First Data in 2008. Currently Director of Corporate Security with responsibilities for Asia Pacific.

Specialties: Specialize in Risk Management drawing from skills acquired from my tenure with the Intelligence Services, Singapore Airlines and First Data.



  • Diploma in Management Studies, Singapore Institute of Management (1994)
  • BSc (Security), Edith Cowan University, Australia (2003)
  • Master of Security Management (MSm), Edith Cowan University, Australia (2007)
  • Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA) – (2011)
  • Associate Business Continuity Professional – DRII International (2011)
  • ACTA (Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment) -WDA, Singapore (2011)

Why a Graduate Diploma?

A graduate diploma is a popular alternative to a Master’s degree as it provides a more focused curriculum by focusing on Real World Solutions to business and industry challenges. The popularity of our graduate programmes can be attributed to its problem-centred and practical curricula and industry oriented pedagogy. Our faculty are industry practitioners which provides practical and pragmatic market-based insights that can be apply readily in the workplace.

Why Aventis?

In just 6 months, you can enjoy a life-changing experience by accelerating your career advancement or embarking on your dream profession. Furthermore, you will gain industry-specific expertise and improve your job performance and personal growth.

  • For PMETs with min Diploma/Degree
  • Short Duration of 6 Months Part Time

10 Years of Successful Track Record

With over 10 years of successful track record, our graduate diploma programmes are well-recognised amongst executives and managers looking to upgrade their knowledge and skills to be successful in their professional pursuit.

Diverse network of executives and professionals


The graduate diploma programme also attract a diverse group of professionals from various industries with common interest which create a valuable network and encourage cross-pollination of ideas, robust discussions, and critical thinking to generate real market solution, thus preparing participants with the critical tool kits to meet the challenges in an ever-changing market.

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for working professionals with the following qualifications:

  • A degree or similar professional qualifications from a recognized university/institution
  • A private or polytechnic diploma with at least 3 years of working experience
  • Senior executives with extensive experience but without academic qualification may be considered on a case to case basis

Participants Profile

  • Policy makers in government institutions
  • Police, Military, Customs and Immigration
  • Emergency Services and Public Transport
  • Airport and Airline Security
  • Coastguards, Maritime and Shipping
  • Private Security Companies and Contingency Planners
  • Security officers in hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, transportation systems, etc
  • Personnel from both in State and private sectors seeking the expertise to understand and confront the rapidly evolving milieu of global terror networks

How much is it?

  • Your investment into the program will be $6,000 before GST
  • A one time registration fee of $200 before GST is applicable

50% Funding for Eligible Singaporeans under Skillsfuture Funding

The Graduate Diploma Counter Terrorism and Security is an approved programme under Skillsfuture Singapore. Singaporeans are eligible of a funding of up to 50%.

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