Intelligence and Security Studies MA (MA)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 4665

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 10335

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About Intelligence and Security Studies MA at Brunel University London

Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, this MA offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues. It will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement.Entry RequirementsYou should normally have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants with substantial work experience in a relevant area will also be considered. An interview may be necessary (by phone for overseas applicants if required). If English is not your first language then applicants must have IELTS 6.5 (with no section less than 5.0) or TOEFL 237/585 (with a minimum TWE of 4.5 or above). Course AimsIntelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the war in Iraq. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an increasing need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment. Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues. It will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement. A distinctive feature of the course lies in its combining the rigorous study of intelligence and security policy studies with practical opportunities to develop intelligence skills through case studies and simulation exercises dealing with intelligence analysis.Course ContentThe course is offered on either a full-time basis, taught over two terms and a dissertation during the summer, or part-time basis taught over four terms with the dissertation completed during the summer of the second academic year. Four out of six course modules are taught on the basis of lectures, seminars and directed reading, The second term Case Studies course is a student-led seminar programme in which participants present detailed case study reports on major intelligence successes and failures. The second term Analytical Simulation Exercise will involve students in a simulated joint, all-source intelligence assessment modelled on the actual joint assessment processes in the US and UK governments. The dissertation will consist of a directed research project supervised by a member of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.Core ModulesIntelligence Concepts: Theory and PolicyDeals with the essential concepts and issues of what intelligence is and its role in government and decision-making. It introduces the basic concepts of intelligence studies, the various sources of intelligence available to national governments, and examines the analysis of those sources, sources of intelligence success and failure and intelligence needs in the contemporary environment.Rise of the National Security StateInvites students to make a critical analysis of the power politics behind national security agencies and the intelligence community. Particular attention is paid to how the present system arose out of the security concerns at the very beginning of the Cold War.Intelligence and Non-conventional ThreatsThis module is a survey of contemporary threats faced by the UK and all other modern liberal democracies. It discusses the changes wrought by new military technologies in the conduct of war, and the new civilian technologies which permit modern organised crime, drug trafficking, terrorism, and insurgency to pose a globalised, complex and integrated threat to our security, as well as a tricky foe for our domestic and foreign security structures.Intelligence Agency and Community Management Introduces students to the application of issues and concepts from management and public administration to intelligence and security agencies. The course commences with management issues in individual agencies, then looks at the control of national intelligence communities, and then finishes with an examination of political control and accountability issues.Intelligence Failure and Success Case StudiesThis course is intended to introduce students to case study methods, and take them through a series of case studies of key intelligence successes and failures. Students undertake their own intensive case studies, and also learn to perform 'devil's advocate' or 'red team' assessments of those case studies.Analytical Simulation ExerciseASE is the jewel in the MA/ISS crown. It provides students with an opportunity to undertake a simulated intelligence analysis on a real-world subject. ASE is designed to emulate the interdepartmental assessment methods of the British Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee, and gives students a chance to apply hands-on analytical principles and methods they have learned abstractly in the MA/ISS taught courses. DissertationThe final leg of the programme will be a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.AssessmentAll modules are assessed on the basis of coursework including individual essays, case studies and written and oral presentations.AwardsA master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is 50%. Students are normally required to pass all the required taught modules before being permitted to proceed to the dissertation. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate if eligible.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4665International course feesGBP 10335
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2330International course feesGBP 5165

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