MBA Applied professional Practice (Security Operations) (Degree Apprenticeship)

As a security professional, enhance your qualifications and knowledge and support your career growth in an emergent profession.

Security professionals often have extraordinary experience gathered in their field but they rarely have the opportunity to underpin this with the strategic tools, systems and knowledge required to plan, prepare, prevent and react to today’s increasing risks.

The Applied Professional Practice (Security Operations) MBA is a Masters co-created and co-delivered by Camor, world-leading experts in security operations and risk planning. The degree is aimed at a diverse set of individuals working in industry either as Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, Counter-Terrorism Advisers, Security Consultants or those who wish to progress to these roles.

Designed to be completed alongside your current role, this work-based course enables you to consolidate your established experience while developing the required knowledge to be able to plan strategically for existing and future threats. As apprentices, you are required to take responsibility for identifying your learning needs and managing your learning process.

By the time of course completion, you will have integrated the knowledge and skills gained in the course with your professional practice, and be able to critically appraise both. All course modules have a work-based focus, which means you will have the opportunity to apply your learning throughout the course, creating benefits for you and your employer. Glasgow Caledonian University’s common good principles and values are embedded in the course. As apprentices, you will develop an understanding of the complexities of the global business environment and responsible leadership. Through work-based learning, you will have the opportunity to conceptualize and implement a project of significance within your organisation, taking into account the social and organisational impact of your initiative.

Degree Apprenticeship courses are supported by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Employers should check their eligibility for funding before supporting an apprentice’s application. The skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the course candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Blended Learning
2 Years
Sep 2020
GCU London
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All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

The academic requirement to be able to study at master’s level is typically demonstrated through an undergraduate degree (UK 2:2 degree or equivalent) in any discipline.

Applicants need to demonstrate that they have an adequate work experience background and be academically able to study at master’s level.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the university’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

This process allows prospective Degree Apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Advanced entry may also be granted through RPL. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience will all be used to inform which year of the degree you will enter into.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

Start of term 2020

This course will commence on 5 October 2020.

We understand that you may be wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your University start next term. At GCU our work-based, Graduate Apprenticeship programmes were designed to be delivered through a combination of face to face and online learning. During COVID-19 restrictions we have temporarily pivoted to full online delivery. We are ready to receive new students from October 2020 and look forward to welcoming you virtually as things change we will keep you and your employer informed.

We have created a dedicated space where we answer some of the questions you may have around COVID-19 and starting University.

The Apprenticeship is relevant to professionals in strategic leadership roles in the private, public or third sectors who are looking to enhance their skills and experience.

The Degree Apprenticeship has a typical duration of two years to full masters completion or less for those granted advanced standing through RPL. 

The course requires 15 days’ attendance per year. This breaks down into:

Trimester A
Five days' attendance (January to April)

Trimester B
Five days' attendance (May to August)

Trimester C
Five days' attendance (mid-September to mid-December)

The Apprenticeship will provide students with contextualised content from subject matter experts working in the security industry.


  • Work-based Responsible Leadership
  • Applied Methods for Evidence-Based Projects
  • Strategic People Security and Insider Risk*
  • Creating Contextualised Organisational Value
  • Contextualised Strategic Management
  • Strategic Cyber Security *
  • Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Work-Based Resilience Continuity and Crises Management
  • Applied MBA Project (Security Operations)

Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the world’s biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UN’s Global Goals. This is a calling for future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

As we are the University for the Common Good, are our MBA is focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society.

Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

A Degree Apprenticeship is a work based degree course, where learning is applied and assessed in the workplace. You will be responsible for your own learning and assessment but supported by workplace mentors.

The course is delivered via blended learning, (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located online in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), GCU Learn. You will also have access to the University’s award-winning library.

In the final year of the course, you will work with your mentor and employer to identify a suitable work based project which will form part of the assessment for honours level study.