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Intelligence 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. Read more
Intelligence 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.

Modules are subject to variation but at the time of printing core modules were drawn from the following areas:
Intelligence Concepts: Theory and Policy
The Rise of the National Security State
Intelligence and Non-conventional Threats
Agency and Community Management
Case Studies in Intelligence Failure and Success
Analytical Simulation Exercise - ASE 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.

Dissertation: The final leg of the programme will be a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies:

Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis. It includes one of Britain's most innovative scholars in the field, Dr Philip H J Davies, as well as former CIA officer and noted scholar Dr. Stephen Marrin. Dr. Kristian Gustafson, an expert on Covert Action and military intelligence doctrine, is the current director of the programme. The former senior military imagery analyst, Geoff Oxlee, OBE, joined BCISS as an Honorary Fellow and completes the core team. Together, these scholars not only produce important original research, published world-wide, but actively contribute to the success of government and business in the UK.

The centre, though, is a an inter-disciplinary endeavour, and includes participation from some of the leading Brunel University 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. MA/ISS, therefore, benefits from practitioner input and insight as well as instruction by leading international academics.

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The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to consolidate the preparation in strategic sectors of jewelry, giving the participants a chance to develop and be ready to respond to different market opportunities. Read more
The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to consolidate the preparation in strategic sectors of jewelry, giving the participants a chance to develop and be ready to respond to different market opportunities.

The pathway of study is developed through direct project experiences in laboratory, learning of traditional techniques, knowledge of materials and new production techniques. The student receives the methodological bases for the creative process and the professional practice, including the ability to present and promote projects.

Special attention is given to the knowledge of the culture, the historical-critical and economic instruments of the sector. The history of jewellery design, in particular, through the analysis of technical and creative evolution reaches the contemporary collections. The course examines in detail the methods and creative processes of design as part of the international jewellery, referring to specific production environments with the example of several case histories.

Design workshops introduce students to the creation of watch collections (for jewellery, fashion and sports) where the study of design is linked to the technical and mechanical characteristics of the components of the clock. Fine jewellery design focuses on the study of gemstones including their characteristics, nuances, colors and market values. The workshop dedicated to Industrial Jewellery Design illustrates the entire range of jewellery, the use of precious and non-precious, unconventional materials, complex surface treatments.

The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to acquire a higher expertise in the three-dimensional design: from a strong knowledge of the geometry to the most advanced construction solutions of the jewel, using specific software. The course is developed starting from a basic understanding of the 3D program and is structured in order to achieve an advanced level of design capability.

Knowledge of theories and experiences in the field of Marketing and Advertising allows students to adopt a new approach in the role of Designer Jewellery, by learning communication methodologies for collections of jewellery and watches created for major brands and for the great diffusion.

The Master ends with a final project, as a synthesis of the academic course, useful later as a portfolio to enter the world of work.

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