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MA / PG Dip Intelligence and Security Studies

Course Description

Intelligence and security issues are at the top of the political agenda following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 and the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the increased availability of intelligence material means that it is possible to place these issues within their historical context. This course is the longest-running non-governmental postgraduate course in the UK in the area of contemporary intelligence and security issues.

Key benefits:

• Ranked as ‘excellent’ by the Centre for Higher Education Development
• Delivered by experienced staff
• A pertinent and engaging subject with real-world relevance.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/intelligence-and-security-studies

Suitable for

This course is suitable if you are seeking to go into intelligence and security-related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as those already engaged in such professions who seek to enhance their career prospects through further qualifications. This course also provides excellent foundations for those who wish to pursue a PhD.

Programme details

The course comprises of one core module and several optional modules. You can exit the course after the second semester with a Postgraduate Diploma or progress to the Masters by completing the dissertation in semester 3.


The course is taught through a combination of:

• lectures, supported by worksheets, videos, and directed reading
• seminars, which involve activities such as group discussions, case studies and presentations
• guest lectures
• conferences
• Personal supervision

Module titles

• Issues in Intelligence
• Intelligence and Conflict
• Security Networks, Intelligence and Internal Security
• The Secret State
• Digital Criminal Justice
• International Criminal Justice
• Middle East and Terrorism
• Dissertation


Module performance is usually assessed by two essays of 3,500 words (50% each). In addition, MA students are required to submit a 14,000 word dissertation.

Career potential

You will develop a wide range of skills on the course (writing, communication, presentation and analytical skills) that are transferable to a variety of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, international or non-governmental organisations, think-tanks and research institutions. You can also pursue further study at doctoral level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA / PG Dip Intelligence and Security Studies page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in the social sciences or humanities, preferably in history, politics or international relations

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