Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy

University of Buckingham

12 months
15150 GBP/year
8020 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy from University of Buckingham combines elements from our existing Security and Intelligence MA and our Diplomacy programmes.


The MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy from University of Buckingham aims to help to prepare graduates for careers in foreign and other ministries, international organisations, international journalism and global civil society organisations or for further research. 

Areas of study include intelligence and international security since 1939; intelligence, tradecraft and machinery; case studies in intelligence success and failure; international law and diplomacy; foreign policy analysis; global diplomacy; security challenges and other global issues.

The modules are taught intensively in lectures, seminars and small group tutorials; they assume little prior knowledge but rapidly bring students to an advanced level of understanding. Buckingham is a small academic community and students have personal and frequent access to their instructors. 

Graduates with Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy from University of Buckingham will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge in security, intelligence and diplomacy and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights 
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and advanced scholarship 
  • Understanding of the processes of international policymaking and diplomacy in a range of areas 
  • An understanding of the principal issues revolving around the security and intelligence debate in the UK. 
  • A macro-level understanding of the key global geopolitical threats both internal and external to the UK in the contemporary world 
  • An appraisal of the relative strengths and weaknesses of different elements of intelligence gathering tradecraft and an ability to formulate sensible policy recommendations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Case Studies in Intelligence Success and Failure
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Intelligence History, Tradecraft and Machinery
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Diplomacy
  • Security Challenges & Other Global Issues

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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