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Security and Intelligence Studies, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

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, uniquely using a degree of 'practice' expertise.

From a policy and practice points of view, emphasis is placed on the very skills that the intelligence community itself has been urged to develop in the wake of the Butler Review on Intelligence on WMD. This specifically recommended the development of a greater degree of 'professionalisation' in intelligence analysis skills, including critical thinking and analysis (developed in part through an element of exercising and collaborative working on challenge problems), and a better ability to evaluate and assess disparate sources of sometimes conflicting information. The government is already involved in the implementation of these recommendations. In this way, the programme prepares those students aspiring to work in security and intelligence policy, and assists the career development of those already doing so.

Programme Structure

Modules available on this course:
  • Case Studies in Intelligence Success and Failure
  • Current Threats: External and Internal
  • Dissertation
  • Intelligence and International Security since 1939
  • Intelligence Tradecraft and Machinery
  • Analytical Simulation Exercise
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Practice and Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    87

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Entry 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
Mature students
  • Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
International students
  • We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15152 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15152 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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Living costs for Buckingham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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