About the course
We are pleased to offer our PG Cert which has some of the same features as the MA, via distance learning, starting in September 2017.
Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an identified 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 PG Cert in Intelligence Analysis (by Distance Learning) offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world.
To provide you with a systematic understanding of the role of intelligence policy and intelligence operations in national strategy and decision-making.
To provide you with a systematic and critical understanding of the role national intelligence institutions and their products have in the context of contemporary international history and politics.
To provide you with a systematic and critical understanding to the effectiveness of different methods of intelligence analysis to domains and applications of intelligence and introduce students to the core concepts of the cognitive process involved in intelligence analysis and associated cognitive errors and biases.
To provide general training in policy-oriented research and analytical skills.
The PGcert consists of two compulsory modules. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Intelligence Analysis Foundations, Methods and Applications:
This module examines the core concepts of the cognitive process involved in intelligence analysis and associated cognitive errors and biases, and promotes critical understanding to the effectiveness of different methods of intelligence analysis to domains and applications of intelligence. You will gain hands on experience in applying structured analytic techniques, quantitative methods, and traditional analysis methods. The module also draws lessons from other disciplines and examines the analytical implications of organisational aspects in intelligence. Throughout the module, you will undertake the Validation of Intelligence Scenarios and Analysis (VISA).
VISA is a scenario based intelligence analysis exercise covering open source intelligence collection plan, source evaluation and analytical techniques evaluation on contemporary case where denial and deception is potentially involved.
Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology:
This module hosts the Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise (BASE).
BASE provides you with an opportunity to undertake a simulated intelligence analysis on a real-world subject. It is designed to emulate the interdepartmental assessment methods of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and gives you a chance to apply hands-on analytical principles and methods learned abstractly in the other Intelligence Analysis taught courses.
Thematic Video Lectures (TVLs)
The thematic video lectures and reading materials will provide grounding in the theoretical, methodological and practical issues upon which good research in intelligence and security studies is conducted. It will focus on providing conceptual mapping to the subject. The Lecturer video interaction with students will be supported by well-structured lecture slides. This is to be followed by problem based learning where students engage in practical exercises, case studies, and simulations.
The programme design enables students to examine intelligence analysis in multidisciplinary approach. Security Studies, Military History, Organisational Theories, Law, Cognitive Psychology and Probability together contribute to thorough and comprehensive approach to studying Intelligence.
Students join Brunel campus for one week, dedicated to supporting the teaching and assessment. During the Residential Week, you will benefit from live seminars and discussions with experts in the field.
Lecturers provide timely feedback on students’ regular short assignments, where they demonstrate understanding of key concepts and develop regular interaction with teaching team.
Peer-to-Peer review is an integral part of the online design, where students comment in their colleagues short assignments and engage in discussions.
Lecturers have regular real-time online office hours, where they can engage with students in live discussions.
The Residential activities further supports the cohort atmosphere where students engage in joint academic and social events.
To further utilise the online platform, students learning will be supported by the use of specialised analysis software tools in intelligence and they will engage with multimedia material where possible. Moreover, students will have access – via the integrated online platform – to supportive teaching materials and workshops provided by Brunel Graduate School and the several units of Brunel Educational Excellence Centre.
Students will have access to Online Journals, E-Books, Digital Copies, and other online materials (such as government declassified documents).
Intelligence Analysis Foundations, Methods and Applications
The module is assessed via three types of assignments. The first leg of assessment is a portfolio of short assignments to be submitted online and aims at engaging with the key readings on regular basis, getting regular feedback for lecturers, and interaction among students.
The second leg of assessment is to be conducted while you are on campus. The residential week consists of Workshops – involving presentations and exercises – that will be used as opportunities to ‘test-fly’ your arguments that you wish to make in your final essay in a setting of open discussion and challenge from your peers as well as academic staff.
Finally, you submit your final essays where you reflect on your learning throughout the module.
Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology - Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise (BASE)
Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise will involve you working in groups in a simulated joint, all-source intelligence assessment modelled on the actual joint assessment processes in the US and UK governments. You are assessed on a mixture of individual and group work.
Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS)
The Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis.
The Centre is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, and includes participation from some of the leading Brunel University London academics in the fields of cryptography, computer networking, imagery, economics and even law. Many of these experts already assist our teaching. As well, the centre benefits from the assistance, from time to time, of various officials of Her Majesty’s Government. The Intelligence Analysis PGCert, therefore, benefits from practitioner input and insight as well as instruction by leading international academics.
Flexible and Interactive Features:
Online office hours with lecturers
Timely feedback on students’ regular short assignments
Individual and team assignments
Use of multimedia materials and software resources in teaching and assessments
Pre-recorded lectures and materials are available throughout the week
Materials can be accessed via standard and Apple computer devices