This programme is equivalent to a Masters-level dissertation, and follows on naturally from the Level 6 Diploma programme.
Having completed the L6, you should feel completely comfortable doing academic reading and research, and creating a high-level academic piece of work that is syncretic, integrative and comprehensive.
Hopefully, through the course of the L6 study, there were ideas that you came across that inspired you with the possibility of even deeper research, and the development of an even more well-developed final piece of work. That should set the foundation for the L7 programme.
The overall feel of the programme is that it is designed to develop ‘pracademics’ – people who mix practitioner experience and insight with academic research and an understanding of the academic theories and models associated with their own area of interest.
Because it involves high-level strategic perspectives, it is appropriate to anyone working in an environment characterised by complexity – complex organisations working in complex environment, facing complex problems that require complex solutions.
Module 1: Research Methodology
As an intrinsic part of any Masters-level programme, there is a requirement to demonstrate a familiarity with the basic research methodologies, to be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each, and then to justify to the external reader why you have chosen the approach you have, and why that is the most appropriate methodology to use in your own chosen piece of research.
Module 2: Research Proposal
You will need to set out the specific question, problem or issue that you are intending to do the research on; explain why it is important or has value; list some of the major issues you expect to discover; identify any ethical problems you might require to consider, and then give an outline of the structure of the paper (though that can always change once the actual research is started).
Module 3: Dissertation
The third module is the research and dissertation paper, which is expected to be between 10,000- 12,000 words.
That will be externally marked, and will be marked on the same basis and to the same degree as a Masters dissertation in a major university.
THE DELTAR LEVEL 7 DIPLOMA IN STRATEGIC RISK AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT IS THE ONLY LEVEL 7 RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME TO BE REGULATED AND ACCREDITED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF QUALIFICATIONS (OFQUAL)
IT IS RECOGNISED BY THE REGISTER OF CHARTERED SECURITY PROFESSIONALS (CSYP) FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION