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Intelligence and Security Studies

Brunel University London

24 months
11525 GBP/year
6265 GBP/year
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The Intelligence and Security Studies programme at Brunel University London offers you a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues across the private and public sectors around the world.


The Intelligence and Security Studies programme at Brunel University London is taught over two years through a range of online resources that include journals, e-books, specialised tools in intelligence analyst and other materials such as government declassified documents.

You will connect to the a team of supportive academic staff through online tutorials during their office hours and take part in a week long residential course on campus consisting of workshops, presentations and exercises.

Highly committed and enthusiastic tutors combine broad-ranging expertise in areas such as cryptography, computer networking, imagery, intelligence analysis, economics and law, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop your academic and professional potential.

Careers and your future

The MA in Intelligence and Security Studies (MAISS) provides solid transferable skills in analysis and drafting, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. Our students have had great success in seeking employment once they have completed their course. 

Many have come from, and then continue to work for, government agencies in the UK and abroad — we have taught police, military, and other government officials from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Turkey, Japan, Jordan, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Botswana and several other nations beside.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intelligence Concepts, Issues and Institutions
  • Intelligence History Failure and Success
  • Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology
  • Intelligence and Security Studies Dissertation
  • Intelligence Analysis Foundations Methods and Applications
  • Counterintelligence and Security

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification with an understanding of the realities of academic intelligence and security study and the frameworks within which intelligence and security operations work.
  • Applicants with other qualifications, or with relevant work-related experience, will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants will be interviewed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11525 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6265 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6265 GBP per year during 24 months.
    • EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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