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Intelligence and Security MA

University of Leicester

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leicester

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    06-SEP-21, 01-MAR-22

  • Duration

    24 months

Course summary

Course description

This is the first course in Britain and only the second worldwide to be accredited by the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), an international organisation dedicated to expanding research, knowledge and professional development in intelligence education. It will equip you with an understanding of key concepts and debates in intelligence and security and the current state of knowledge in the field. It will enable you to apply this new knowledge to your own field, whether as a practitioner or academic.

You will look in depth at four major themes:

  • key concepts and debates in intelligence
  • intelligence collection and analysis
  • intelligence failure
  • intelligence ethics

As well as a greater theoretical understanding of intelligence and security, this course looks at the subject from the perspective of civilian, military and police intelligence agencies as well as providing an insight into commercial intelligence activity, such as the provision of intelligence by private security companies and political risk analysis.

Combining world leading research by members of Politics and International Relations at Leicester, and their practical experience in the field of intelligence, this degree will give you an opportunity to conduct advanced study on intelligence theory and practice.

The MA in Intelligence and Security will be especially beneficial to you if you are seeking professional development and/or enhanced employability working with intelligence in central government, the military, the police, private security sector, non-governmental organisations, the UN or other international organisations.

Teaching and Assessment

You will get a weekly reading list accompanied by questions or exercises to get you thinking and help you engage critically with that week's literature. Each week you are invited to join our online forums to discuss your reading, ask questions, share ideas and debate arguments.

Careers and employability

Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects. A postgraduate course in politics and/or international relations provides a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in an unrelated field such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

Our politics and international relations courses are offered via distance learning, enabling you to tailor your study around your other commitments. The wide range of option modules provide you with the flexibility to tailor your course around your interests and also provide you with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of careers or postgraduate research.

The MA in Intelligence and Security will be of use to you if you are seeking professional development or enhanced employability working with intelligence in central government, the military, the police and cognate services (such as the National Crime Agency, Border Force and HM Prison Service), the private security sector (including political risk), NGOs, the UN or other international organisations.

The course will also appeal to those interested in pursuing advanced postgraduate studies in the field of intelligence with an academic background in (but not limited to) International Relations, Politics, Criminology, War Studies, Terrorism Studies, History, Human Rights, Philosophy or Law.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 9,305overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Leicester

  • University League Table

    38th

  • Campus address

    University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RH, England

More than 4,000 international students call Leicester home, sharing their cultures, faiths and ideas with each other and with students and staff across campus.
Leicester is in the centre of England with great transport links, making it easy to explore the whole country while studying there.
Want to explore further afield? Leicester has great European links – with one change of train, Leicester students can be in Paris by lunchtime.

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