Security and Intelligence Studies

University of Buckingham

12 months
15150 GBP/year
8020 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Security and Intelligence Studies programme from University of Buckingham aims to deliver a deep understanding of the contemporary security and intelligence environment in western democracies, with a focus on the UK.


This MA Security and Intelligence Studies programme from University of Buckingham is to be seen as a specialist programme but aimed at both those seeking professional skills and those requiring a more general grounding in this subject, placing it within a context that is focused on the field under examination but has some historical and international depth whilst seeking strongly to develop analytical skills within a framework of integrated study.

Security and Intelligence Studies are an important new field in political science but there is also widespread recognition that a good knowledge of how security and intelligence agencies operate; of the environment in which they operate; and of how their products are, and should be, used has become a key component of good and successful governance. Emphasis is placed on relating academic and historical analyses to contemporary problems and policy questions especially in the UK but also to western states in general, using a unique degree of practitioner-led expertise. 

Graduates with Security and Intelligence Studies from University of Buckingham will develop the following skills: 

  • knowledge and understanding of security and intelligence issues 
  • Critical analysis and assessment of multiple sources 
  • Academic research 
  • Debating and teamworking skills to evaluate options and policy recommendations 
  • Presentation skills across a range of techniques.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Case Studies in Intelligence Success and Failure
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Current Threats: External and Internal
  • Intelligence History, Tradecraft and Machinery 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15150 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8020 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8020 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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