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Intelligence and Security Studies - PG Cert

Why study this course?

This programme introduces you to emerging paradigms within security and intelligence at both local, regional and global levels. During your studies you'll:

  • explore the latest research methodologies within intelligence studies, security and security studies
  • analyse justifications for the increasing securitisation of social life 
  • assess important security and intelligence events and issues in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • connect intelligence and security research concepts to some of the practical issues facing the international system
  • review some of the emerging security threats and issues pertaining to law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector

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This distance-learning course recruits primarily from those already working in the security or intelligence communities, or from those in the policing arena with an interest in these activities. It's taught by leading experts in each of the relevant fields and provides an excellent foundation for employment or career progression in these areas.


You're assessed with essays and the final year culminates in a dissertation. Many modules have two essay assessments and the first essay provides formative feedback for the second essay. The coursework is submitted online via Turnitin.

You should have:

  • a relevant first degree (such as a degree in criminology, social or political sciences)
  • specific experience related to crime and security (such as police or military work)
  • relevant professional qualifications

In some circumstances applicants who do not possess the standard entry qualifications may be permitted to enrol on the course at the discretion of the course leader.

Applications are welcomed from overseas students, and all applicants are considered on individual merit, without regard to gender, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background. The course will be taught in English, and for those applicants whose native language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language will be required.

The modules studied include:

  • Security Studies
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • International Financial Crime and Security

There are many career opportunities in the security and intelligence field, and in diplomatic or policy arenas associated with this.

The fees include an application fee which is due when you apply and is then deducted from the fees once you have been accepted.

There is normally a discount on the fees if you apply early in the process.

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How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

Applications for this course are processed via our partner Informa (you should not apply to the University direct as you can only apply via Informa).

When you apply, you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a copy of your passport page and the application fee. These can all be uploaded via the online application form.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are the course.

The application deadline is 26 August 2016.

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