Diploma In Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies

Accomplish the Diploma and be awarded as a Anti & Counter Terrorism Practitioner (ACTP)


The Diploma in Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies (ACTS) is a Five (5) module program offered on both Full-time and Part-time basis. It premises on the tenet of terrorism, expounding on key clandestinity denominators that governs its development and growth.

The program is designed by in-tune AT-CT practitioners from the Academic Board. It is structured holistically to provide security professionals with comprehensive knowledge on the imperatives spanning the Strategic, Operational and Tactical realms. Collusion of the three (3) imperatives is an important aspect since no single domain will be adequate in such a confounding subject.

Applicability and relevance of the programs include security practitioners from governmental bodies, as well as the private security industry. Examples include portfolio holders that include: Trainers, Consultants, Security mangers, Supervisors and Frontline operators. Its take-way and eventual objective is to equip practitioners with actionable outcomes that each can apply in their respective sphere of work.

Notably, trainers engaged are Subject Matter Experts (SME) in their respective fields. This facet is cardinal for quality and professionalism assurances given the ambulant and evolving threat landscape.

The adopted teaching methodology to impart knowledge and skills are through participative learning, discussions, table-top exercises (TTX) and case studies of previous no-duff occurrences. The strive is to make contents relatable and relevant to student’s field of work and specialisation.

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore the complex interplay between the terrorist threat and governmental and international responses, introducing participants to both theoretical analyses of how terrorism is defined and structured, as well as to empirical case studies of terrorist groups, activities and operations.
  • To recognise the impact of terrorism on politics, economics, law, society and culture and learn about the latest developments and advances in the field of terrorism studies and counter-terrorism practices.
  • To learn the motivations and methods of key terrorist groups and individuals, as well as the core theories of terrorism and how to apply theoretical and conceptual tools to historical and contemporary policy issues.
  • To provide specialist study relevant to individual vocations and environments in which learners are currently working, or to which learners are aiming to work within the business sector.
  • To develop participants’ ability to contribute positively to good practice in the law enforcement and corporate environment through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in the qualifications.

Learning Outcome:

  • Grasp the evolution, motivation and ideology of terrorist/radical groups in their respective geographical domains.
  • Gain in-depth understanding on the current threat, pattern-trends and modus operandi.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, theories, history and debates pertaining to the phenomenology of terrorism.
  • Know how and why terrorist plot against civilians, governments, corporations, commercial operations, transport or IT networks makes an unmistakable difference to an organisation’s security strategies.
  • Critically analyse theories and policies of anti-counter terrorism and distinguish philosophical ideologies that impact on anti-counter terrorism.
  • Determine the impact on business and community sustainability associated with threats and attacks on local and national critical infrastructure.
  • Discover the concepts of emergency response and crisis management and how to design and implement counter measures appropriate to the threats identified.


Modules:  5 Modules

Duration:  210 Hours

Language:  English

Assessment: Each module is assessed by written examination, project work and presentation.

Diploma Fee: SGD 6,890

Application Fee: SGD 200


This diploma is ideal for both public and private professionals seeking to develop, update or refresh their knowledge, as well as professionals already engaged in such fields who seek to enhance their knowledge, critical thinking and career prospects by undertaking further qualifications.

Whether you are wishing to develop a more informed security strategy or you want to add context to your operational duties or work responsibilities, this program will meet your needs. It provides participants with an understanding of the phenomenon of terrorism in the 21st century, the motives and ideologies of today’s terrorist networks, and multiple issues and arguments surrounding the topic.

The diploma is undertaken by professionals from different industries, including:

  • Police
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Incident Response Teams
  • Military
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Prison
  • Customs & Immigration
  • Government Agencies
  • Logistics
  • Retailing
  • Semiconductor
  • Aviation
  • Marine and Port
  • Transportations
  • Oil & Gas
  • Banks
  • Schools and Universities
  • Hotel and Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Manufacturing
  • Entertainment and Recreation

How will participants benefit?
Participants attending the Diploma in Anti & Counter Terrorism will become an Anti & Counter Terrorism Practitioner (ACTP). Participants will receive a sophisticated and detailed introduction to the fundamental issues behind terrorism as well as the motivations, methodology and modus operandi of the various strains of terrorism in the world today. The modules will widen and deepen participants’ knowledge of some of the most relevant subjects in today’s international environment, receiving a solid grounding in the causes, consequences and responses to terrorism. In addition, the diploma enhances the skills and professionalism of security professionals to be also well versed in anti- and counter-terrorism areas that will add great values to their existing knowledge and capabilities.

Participants successfully completing the diploma are awarded an industry-recognised certificate, signifying achievement in acquiring advanced knowledge in the subject as well as demonstrating proactive involvement in supporting professional career roles and career progression.

How will a company or organisation benefit?
For many organisations, including police authorities, government bodies, the military and private sector bodies, the subject is so vast and complex that educational insight is rarely offered to the majority. Some organisations such as the government bodies mainly focuses on protecting and securing the public safety at all times. On the other hand, private sector bodies focuses on maintaining the business interest and company’s branding. This diploma fills the gap, enabling participants and organisations to prepare to meet the challenges and risks of the evolving terrorist threats.

Knowledge of this important subject will help prepare any company or organisation to protect and counteract against the variety of threats posed by today’s multi-faceted terrorist organisation and become best practice strategy to help protect people, infrastructure and investments. By successfully completing this program, a company or organisation’s participants will have achieved a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges and threats posed by global terrorism.


The module is centric to the dynamics and entirety of the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism Framework. Subjects span the domains of its Strategic, Operational, Tactical and Technical imperatives. The module provides a broad framework to international terrorism defining similarities and differences from its Strategic direction, modus operandi of groups in different regions and the adherence of tactics and techniques in accordance to its capabilities and intent.

On the Strategic and Operational fronts, the module provides insights to the Ideology, Funding, Logistics, Structure, Network and Cell connectivity among groups within and outside their respective borders. Subjects in the tactical discipline will be Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) centric that equips participants with adequate knowledge to deter via protective-hardening measures, identify and manage the threat before follow-on expertise arrives. Technical aspects of Explosive Device (IED), the methods in which IEDs are employed against a target, assessing target strength and vulnerability and the attack phases are also covered in the module.

Its core focus include:

  • Providing analytics in pattern and trend development
  • The cycle adopted by adversaries for attacks
  • The types of tools/weapons used in attack actuations
  • The appropriate measures in mitigation and response prior and during attacks

This module is structured to balance the interest, job characteristic requirements and capability/limitation potentials of private security practitioners and law enforcement officers. Its design encompasses an array of search operations (types), covering both defensive and offensive search operations in hostile and non-hostile environment. It strives to equip participants with fundamental knowledge to advise, plan and execute a search operation under varying threat environment and conditions.

Its contents offer intensity and depth that highlight the roles and capabilities of a search advisor and the various aspects of search operations. Participants will get to identify and recognise various types of explosive ordnance (EO) and its associated hazards and effects. The key tenets and considerations when managing a bomb threat situation such as the characteristics of bomb threat scenarios and the processes involved in a bomb threat management plan were also covered in this module.

The key contents revolving this module are:

  • Understand and apply the roles of a search advisor in context of consultancy, training, auditing and execution.
  • Apply the appropriate measures and methods in the conduct of the varied aspects of search operations and bomb threat management.
  • Advise clients on existing SOPs and contingency plans in context to their respective premises.
  • The ability to advise, plan and execute an event activity where search ops is a constitutes of the arching security framework.

With the advent of radical groups increasingly taking interest in the development of Chemical, Biological and Radiological devices, the CBR weaponry component cannot be ignored. While the number of cases of attacks using one of these types of weapons is actually rare, the ability of groups to acquire or make these types of weapons is an ever present concern. Apart from conventional attack methodologies, compounded knowledge akin to CBR threats will have to be harnessed.

This module is structured to equip general security practitioners and facility managers with the knowledge to develop its own preventive measures, response protocols and to garner operational synergy with national first responders in a CBR incident. Essence of the program contents encapsulates that of Threat Identification, Preventive Actions and Mitigation Measures. It looks into the development of CBRN weapons and assesses how and why, despite the reductions in stockpiles and the treaties to prevent the proliferation of these weapons, development continues to spread.

The key contents revolving this module are:

  • Understand and apply the roles of a search advisor in context of consultancy, training, auditing and execution.
  • Apply the appropriate measures and methods in the conduct of the varied aspects of search operations and bomb threat management.
  • Advise clients on existing SOPs and contingency plans in context to their respective premises.
  • The ability to advise, plan and execute an event activity where search ops is a constitutes of the arching security framework.

This module is conducted in context to potentials acts of terrorism. The centrality towards terrorism expound and exceeds the subject norms usually covered in General Risk Management disciplines. This core skill is an important augmentation to the current direction encouraged by the authorities towards target hardening in the counter-terrorism spectrum. It is a process of asset (people and infrastructure) protection from the potential of attacks by identifying threats and reduce them to an acceptable level of risk. In essence, PSF is foundational to security works essential for security managers to be familiar with.

Protective Security Framework (PSF) is the first step towards developing a valuable facility security program. A properly conducted PSF provides a solid defensible foundation from which to develop a physical security program at any site, facility or location. It is primarily a risk assessment process aimed at identifying potential security weaknesses, how likely threats are to act on these vulnerabilities, and the potential adverse impact on entities and businesses. This is achieved by identifying and prioritising ascertain risk so that appropriate and practical mitigation measures can be taken. The objective of TVRA is to provide recommendations that maximize the protection of an asset with practical solutions to support functionality, usability and minimum disruption to activities. Participants will be provided with the knowledge and skills to design, plan and execute the key components of the framework from the perspective of an adversary with an analysis of the outcome.

You will gain a solid foundation in:

  • Defining and applying the principles and key components of protective security.
  • Application of the right phases and process of pre-audit data collection
  • Quantification via computation of risk using TVRA tools and matrixes.

This module covers the basic to intermediate OSINT techniques and directly apply to live case studies. It also provides a complete understanding of the OSINT process and equip participants with the capability to create their own process for collecting and analyzing information. Participants will be exposed to the background of OSINT field which includes establishing intelligence requirement and basic techniques in harvesting online data along with gaining a familiarity of basic online resources.

This module also focuses on strategic-level OSINT which is the domain of countries and their governments. The emphasis will be the collection and analysis of data on security, terrorism and criminological risks in a country of interest to an analyst. Participants will learn how to assess strengths and weaknesses in governance relating to law enforcement and security, social factors that shape domestic environments. Tactical-level OSINT which is the domain of individuals and organisations is also covered that encompasses finding data on people through basic content such as email addresses as well as using a range of online search tools to exploit platforms such as Facebook and Linkedin.

This module includes discussions on:

  • Goals of OSINT collection, the OSINT cycle and creating an OSINT process
  • Effective analytical habits to reduce inaccurate data, bias and analysis fallacies
  • The collection and analysis of data on security, terrorism and criminological risks in a country of interest to an analyst
  • Internal and external behaviour of countries using three models: Rational Actor Model (RAM), Organizational Process Model (OPM) and Personal & Bureaucratic Politics Model (PBPM)
  • Concept of “placing’ individuals and organisations
Gerard Lee

Mr. Gerard Lee

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Retired)
Singapore Armed Forces

Adjunct Trainer,
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Graham Ong Webb

Dr. Graham Ong-Webb

Vice President, Head of Future Technology Centre,
ST Engineering
Hamoon Khelghat Doost

Dr. Hamoon Khelghat-Doost

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and International relations,
Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey
Sito Wai Yip

Mr. Sito Wai Yip

OC of Bomb Technical and Investigation Team
Criminal Investigation Department
Singapore Police Force

Chong Voon Keong Jeffrey

Mr. Chong Voon Keong Jeffrey

Former Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator, CBRE Training Centre
Singapore Armed Forces


Entry Requirements
  • 21 years old and above
  • Degree Holders; or
    Applicants with at least 3 years of industry experience but without a degree may also be eligible
  • Pass in English in GCE “O” level or equivalent; or
    For International Students, they must pass in English in Secondary or High School education or equivalent.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Graduation Requirement for All Levels

Participants will be assessed throughout the duration of the program. In order to be conferred with the Diploma, participants must achieve a pass for their in-class assessments and module papers, and at least 75% of class attendance.


Diploma in Anti & Counter Terrorism is conducted over a period of 3 months (full time) lessons or 1 year (part time) lessons.

Course Delivery

The Diploma program is delivered via two versions, face to face and online, to better accommodate the requirements and preferences of the participants. The course content includes a combination of theories, case studies, exercises and group discussions.